Hey hey, my lovely people!
With one month until Christmas (who is excited?), I’ve got a lot of interviews coming up and a lot of surprises as well. This week I’m bringing you a very special one, with Karima Francis. Karima is an amazing artist, with an angel’s voice. She is an English singer-songwriter. Karima was named by The Observer the number one act to watch in 2009. After performing at In The City in Manchester and SXSW in Austin she was signed by the independent record label Kitchenware Records/Columbia Records. She released her first album, The Author, on 23 March 2009, the second album, The Remedy, was released in August 2012 and she just released the new song from her new album.
The new song is called ”Shelf Life” and is made around a true story, about a homeless man on the streets of Los Angeles. The video is like a documentary of the homeless in the USA, California. They filmed a day in the neighborhood to give a view on how is a day in their life. Thierry, (the main character) was really inspired to help them and support all the way. He was an amazing guy and he used to be a country artist in Nashville, but life is cruel sometimes and unfair so he went to prison for something very small, the wife left him, so he decided to go to LA and start a new life. He was writing a song when Karima met him. He is performing his songs, at McDonald’s, and is frustrating, cause people don’t care. They just pass by, not even listening to him and his incredible voice. Karima told me he still has hope, and that he is waiting for a few years, for a house. She is in LA now, and she really hopes to see him again, or if not, to hear from his fellow mates that he got the house well deserved.
Big announcement as well, she will perform on the 10th of December, at the Sebright Arms
Karima will perform along aside the famous and amazing artist Lauren Ruth Ward.
You can find all the details here: https://dice.fm/event/pvvmk-lauren-ruth-ward-10th-dec-sebright-arms-london-tickets
I have the interview below, so let’s see what Karima had to say :
Andreea: When and why did you start playing?
Karima: I was a drummer, I’m playing drums since I was 13, then I moved away from home at 18 and went to college. (that was back in my hometown Blackpool). Then I moved to Manchester (2006), and I started music college, after a few weeks I sold my drums and bought a guitar and I played an open mic, that was the thing I wanted to do. (2007). After like a year out of nowhere, I was approached by management, made an album, and before you know it I was singing opening to James Morisson.
Andreea: Which instruments do you play?
Karima: Drums, guitar, but manly vocals.
Andreea: What was the first tune you played?
Karima: On guitar – Simon & Garfunkel – Wherever I may find her
Andreea: What are the five things you can’t live without?
Karima: My cat, Music, Guitar, Almond milk, Friends and family
Andreea: What’s the motto that you live by?
Karima: Follow your dreams and live your life to the fullest.
Andreea: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Karima: John Martin – I love his vocal and his structure of songwriting.
Mark Hollis – the way he sings so much emotion and sensitivity
Andreea: Ten years from now you will be…
Karima: Living in America and making a living from touring my music and writing music. I would love to have my own house, own children.
Andreea: Can you remember the first song that you wrote?
Karima: Yes. It was a song called: Played in an empty room. I wrote it when I was working in a coffee shop, it was very average, after that, I wrote the title to my first album.
Andreea: Do you ever get nervous?
Karima: Yes. I do. I find myself getting nervous as I get older, I’ve made a couple of records before, but every time when you release something, you get nervous. I noticed if I do small sessions I’m so nervous, but playing big crowds I’m not.
Andreea: What kind of things inspire you to write?
Karima: I’m affected by just general life, something that’s going on my personal life, social issues, something needs to affect me in a big way to write about it. With my previous works, I was very self-focused with my past, health, relationships. The new song was written out in LA, I was out there to work with a producer, and I was in an Uber, and I said to myself, is really though on a ”shelf life”, people living on the streets, mentally unwell, really isolated from society, driving around Hollywood, It was a shock to the system, no help for people like that in America, the health insurance is bad, and I felt the need to write about it.
Andreea: What kind of food do you like?
Karima: I’m vegan. I cook a lot.
Andreea: Do you have any pets?
Karima: My cat. The love of life. He is 4.
Andreea: What’s your bad quality?
Karima: I guess is that I’m very insecure in general. I consider being a bad quality when you are a musician, especially.
Andreea: When are your next shows? Coming up?
Karima: The one on the 10th of December. I’m going on a tour of in UK and Europe, from February.
Andreea: What are your plans? Any collaborations?
Karima: I would like to write for people, to record the album in America, at the moment I’m very happy with my producer at the moment and I want this relationship to blossom. My Second single is to be released February – March – I’m filming the video in LA now.
So I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. Stay tuned for more interviews and surprises.