Last Friday London based singer-songwriter KARIM released his fourth catchy single “Can’t Help It”. Instead of just talking about the latest release we wanted to have a more detailed chat about his journey so far.
We’ve been fans of Karim Afas aka KARIM since the summer of 2018 when we discovered his debut single “Give Me A Way”. The song totally blew us away and topped the chart and was named as one of the best singles of the year.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your latest single
I wanted to write about something personal that’s happened to me – meeting someone you were with after a long time of not seeing each other, and still feeling a strong physical bond towards them.
Your lives have changed, the people you’re with have changed, you have changed and so you feel whatever happens could be so dangerous… but you carry on anyway!KARIM
What are the situations when it’s hard for you to keep hands to your self?
In front of a big plate of halloumi fries 😉
If you’d need to select a quote that best represents the song, what would it be?
‘We shouldn’t we shouldn’t we shouldn’t we shouldn’t we–no’.
What are your musical inspirations?
I grew up listening to Lady Gaga and Madonna’s pop music, but lately, I’ve really become a fan of Major Lazer and Rosalìa. I love the reggae vibe so much.
Ask and you will be given.The best advise RECEIVED
What is the biggest challenge for you as an independent artist?
I think managing my tasks in the time I have. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and challenging to juggle all things together (live shows, releases, promo, social media etc), but I absolutely love what I do!
What is one album you cannot live without?
Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster. Pop masterpiece!
Do you have a song, that when you hear it, you’d say, “I wish I’d written that”?
Yes. And that song is X-Static Process by Madonna.
What artists can we find on your playlist?
MARINA, Madonna, Rufus Du Sol, Allie X, Rosalìa.
When did you realise that you want to be a singer?
I didn’t know I wanted to be a singer until probably 5 years ago! I always knew I wanted to be a performer, but I had to realise music is the way through which I want to channel my emotions.
What’s the best gig you’ve been to?
I’ve seen Grace Jones at Brighton Pride this year right after I played a smaller stage at the festival and I lived for it. I cannot describe how good this concert was for me! She was just everything.
What do you do when you are not creating/recording (hobbies)
Well, I’m Italian, so I love cooking! I just wish I had a bit more time for it though.
What the biggest highlight of 2019?
Definitely playing live at Brighton Pride and Victorious Festival this summer!
What have you got planned for 2020?
I’ll be releasing more music (which I’m working on right now) and playing some exciting shows!