S.I.M talks about his recent track ‘Afro President’

Today on our Hot Seat we have rapper S.I.M with us. Let’s have a chat with him.

Twist Online: First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is S.I.M, and I am a rapper and lyricist from North-London, born in Kenya, and now living in Cardiff. I am looking to make a positive impact, speak my truth and convey my human experience through music. I seek to express my diverse background through the musical experience I provide, striking the listener with a range of production from Grime to South-African Choir music, while covering multiple relevant social topics.

Twist Online: Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
I started getting into Hip-Hop and Rap when I was 12 years old and had just moved to London. I was being tutored at the time by a very close family friend who at the time introduced me to the likes of Nas, Common-Sense, Mos-Def and Talib-Kweli. Through staying up at night watching Channel AKA among other Urban music channels during the late 2000’s and very early 10’s, I was able to hear a multitude of UK Rappers including Ghetts, Wretch-32, Kano, Wiley, Chipmunk, Devlin and Griminal. Over time I also became more familiar with the deeper works of mainstream rappers like Eminem and Jay-Z, as well as older Artists such as Biggie, Tupac, Dr Dre, Scarface and Outkast.

Twist Online: Tell us about your recent release ” Afro President”?
My New Single ‘Afro-President’ represents an embrace of my Kenyan Heritage, as well as a move away from more serious, experimental music back towards a ‘middle-ground’ whereby the listener can engage with the music in more diverse settings ie the Club, the Car, in the house and when they are out and about. I also sought to represent my culture in a positively without packaging it in a way that showcases poverty and negative images, while also seeking to retain a light-tone that is more ‘celebratory’ and less ‘militant’. This track is fun, authentic, unapologetic, cultural and proud. I am very proud of it and I hope that the listener enjoys engaging with the track as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Twist Online: What kind of response you have received from the release?
The response to this track has been resoundingly positive as my fanbase has engaged with it well while the single has already been picked up by a multitude of Blogs throughout the internet.

Twist Online: What’s your favorite music genre? 
Hip-Hop is bae. Besides H.E.R, I also listen to Jazz, Soul, R&B, Reggae, Afro-Beat, Classical and other forms of Orchestral Music. My favourite instrument (besides syllables) is the Saxophone followed by the Piano.

Twist Online: What’s the best part of being a music artist?

S.I.M:For me it’s the Studio, the Live-Show and the reaction of listeners to a new track or performance. I also take joy in completing a song in the studio and completing it well. For me the Music and Art comes first and I endure the administrative aspect of the game so I can provide the listener with an unforgettable experience.

Twist Online: Have you set some goals to achieve?

S.I.M:  My Goal for 2019 is to establish myself and my brand through releasing Singles that I feel will resonate with larger audiences while also transitioning away from being a SoundCloud rapper to being a legitimate Artist who performs live, has a real following and is verified throughout the internet. I aim to achieved this in order to build a real connection with real human beings instead of digital validation in the form of likes, followers and shares.

Twist Online: Are you working on any new project?

S.I.M: I am currently working on many exciting new singles that I cannot wait to share with everyone! I am also looking towards performing live more often and gain-support. If we accumulate an adequate amount of buzz by the end of 2019 – I will then begin working towards a sophomore mixtape during the early portion of 2020. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with all of you!

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