BY HENRY LYONS
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Creative ideas exist on a higher level than a specific product - a chef can be inspired by a painting as much as a recipe. The medium might be different, but the core idea will translate and manifest. My goal is to give you a personal introduction to songwriters and music producers. We will learn more about what inspires them and explore the different mediums that influence their craft.
A new profile is published every Tuesday.
This week meet Halima, whose upbringing spanned across Nigeria, the UK, and most recently New York where she's currently based. Her self-written and self-produced music is airy and ethereal while still packing a punch. And there's a lot more coming.
SEASONS + WEATHER
“Summer is the most nostalgic time for me. It reminds me of my childhood. The way it felt. The feeling naturally informs the nature of the songs I write in that season. The brightness, the reminiscent blends of textures and the colors all reflect that feeling.”
“‘Pop is like ice cream and jazz is like imported lobster’ - an analogy my professor liked to use and that I’ve adopted in my writing process. I’m trying to shake up those pallets with some freshly fried plantain. That sweet and savory blend is something else.”
“I’ve grown up in cities my whole life. They’ve become my natural habitat. Cities are loud, claustrophobic, unapologetically mean and raw. And the essence of unrefined, unpolished living is something I feel translates when I make music. I want my music to sound like it what it is: made by a young Nigerian-British singer-songwriter and music producer, trying to navigate her space through art.”