KARIM (full name KARIM AFAS) is a singer-songwriter based in London who returns after nearly one year of silence. We are extremely happy to introduce ‘Back to You’.
Your debut track “Give Me A Way” totally rocked our world. We are super stoked that you are back with a brand new single. Let’s dive deeper into the story behind the track. It’s been a year since your last track.
Tell us about your journey up until this release
It has! My last release was eleven months ago. In this span of time, I’ve played venues I’d never thought I would (O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, BST Hyde Park), I graduated from uni, and I’ve written lots of songs, including ‘Back to You’.
What influenced the change of the sound comparing your debut and latest songs?
Every song is a story, and the music’s merely functional to the way I want people to feel when they hear that story. With ‘Give Me a Way’, we wanted to create a moody feel. ‘Back to You’ is uptempo, it tells a sad story in a vibey way. I want people to be dancing to this and then be like ‘wait, is this actually a song about heartbreak?’
What does ‘Back to You’ mean to you?
I used to be with somebody I knew wasn’t good for me and although I knew that and tried to distance myself, I couldn’t help but go back to him.
I know it’s wrong and it’s twistedKarim – Back To YOU
I know I’d be better without this
Gonna give you all of me tonight.
How your life has changed since graduating from BIMM?
BIMM has given me some real opportunities, both while I was attending and after I graduated. But ultimately I gave myself the biggest opportunity, by believing in my voice and this project.
What were your influences for ‘Back to You’?
I listened to a lot of mainstream pop, but also fell in love with Madonna’s new album ‘Madame X’ and the recent tracks by Spanish singer and artist Rosalia. Behind all the instruments and words, ‘Back to You’ has a strong tropical core which really reminds me of those Latino vibes.
What’s the coolest thing while performing live?
Everything! Performing live is my favourite thing on earth. If I had to choose something, apart from obviously performing the songs, I’d have to say putting my creative ideas on the stage. I design and make my outfits and that whole process makes me feel divine.
What you got planned for 2019?
I’m going to play at Brighton Pride this Sunday and Victorious Festival on August 24th – which I’m so excited for! Following that, a few songs will come out, and perhaps my first EP?