Hailing from upstate New York, this neo-soul vocalist and producer has put down roots in Liverpool since being recognised by LIMF Academy as one of 2018’s Most Ready Artists.

If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Quirky but cool; a mixture of the cultures and sounds of neo-soul, RnB, hip hop and indie.

How, if at all, did your surroundings inspire the music you make now?
I grew up in Troy, NY, right outside of the capital, Albany. Growing up there taught me a lot: how to be a tough girl, to stand up for myself and others and that I could go anywhere in the world and be OK. I always felt like I didn’t belong in Troy and I consistently felt outcast by my peers. Getting away from that was a huge turning point in my life and it’s been a turn for the better because I feel way more comfortable in my skin and that’s reflected in my music.

 

“The power of music is so much deeper than any of us can really comprehend. It’s essential to life” KYAMI

Have you always wanted to create music?
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved the connection I had with music and I started writing songs at 12 when I was looking for a way to express the variety of emotions I experienced as a young woman of colour growing up in America. I never really liked to talk to people about my problems, so I let it all out in my music. My dad was a huge influence because he’s a musician as well, and so I grew up listening to my dad play music in one of our favourite pubs in Albany, NY which is where I started performing at around 10 years old. I think I usually played piano covers of pop songs, but it took quite a few years for me to gather the courage to share my own originals.

Which contemporary artists do you feel are making the most interesting music today?
Me and my friends always talk about how music nowadays is so interesting, complex and beautiful. Among many of the artists that we discuss, I’d say the top artists of conversation are Tame Impala, Brockhampton, Anderson. Paak, Phony Ppl and Travis Scott.

Why is music important to you?
Music has healed so many wounds for me and without it I don’t think I could feel everything so deeply on the level that I do. I think the power of music is so much deeper than any of us can really comprehend and can do so much for people on so many different levels. I’d say music is an essential to life.

soundcloud.com/iamkyami

 

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