LA BASED ARTIST ‘ALEEM’ IS HERE CHATTING TO ME ABOUT HIS AWESOME NEW EP AND GETTING THE NEWS OF OPENING FOR FIFTH HARMONY’S UK/EUROPE TOUR
What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
A Self taught musician based in LA.
Are you signed?
I am an independent artist
You released new single ‘Find Out’, what’s the story behind the track?
“Find Out” is a story about being involved in a relationship that you have a feeling won’t last long due to a lack of commitment. I was in a situation where I was hitting the road for some time and I had doubts that my relationship would last. When I came back home, my fear became a reality as she had moved on and left me hanging. The song isn’t so much of a heartbreak song, its more about seeing the writing on the wall and knowing what was happening all along. Lyrically, this song is very similar to the rest of the album in following a common theme of deep and descriptive stories that the listener can immerse themselves into. Musically however, this song definitely stands out with more of a poppy, driving dance beat compared to the other tunes that focus more on the instrumentation within the tracks.
You also released a video with it, tell us more about that process.
“Shooting the music video for “Find Out” was an epic experience,” says Aleem. “Having the opportunity to work with an acclaimed director in Philly Fly Boy and his world class team was an absolute honor. His vision, passion and command of capturing the best made this experience truly rewarding in the end. I’m very proud to share this project with you all!”
How long did it take to write?
You have a EP coming out , can you tell us more about some of the other tracks on the EP?
The EP is titled “Open Letters – EP” there is no title track on this record. One of my favorite tracks on the record is “We’ll Get this Right” and “Are We Gonna Make It” both love songs that are very close to my heart.
You will the opening act for USA girl group ‘Fifth Harmony’, how did that come about?
My manager Kevin Sucher has been working at getting me opportunities to play my songs live and was a great honor to find out that I was selected to be one of their opening acts.
What was your first reaction when you found out the news?
I was crazy ecstatic and humbled.
Who was the first person you told?
I told my father who is a huge part of both my life and career.
What are you most excited about for the tour?
To meet the fans and visit beautiful cities and Countries of Europe.
What is your dream venue to play in the UK?
I’m so excited to play all of these venues for the first time, but it has always been a dream to play the O2 arena in London.
What is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?
It would be absolutely stunning if one day I could play the Tokyo Dome.
Do you have any collaborations with any other artists in the planning?
Not at this time but I’m excited for the possibilities down the road.
What made you go in to music?
The thought of writing songs that would connect with another human fuels my passion.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the guitar.
Who are your influences?
Bruno Mars, John Mayer, The Script.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Life gives me enough inspiration; love, happiness, heartbreak, relationships, etc…
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
It would be so humbling to still be creating music and sharing it with the world.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love to play sports and hang out with my friends.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
“Drops of Jupiter” by Train – it paints such a vivid picture that it inspired me to start writing.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
As an artist, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians about the industry?
Stay true to your craft and always be prepared. You never know when your opportunity will come.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Always try to find the positives.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Tea, my guitar, clothes, fast food and my headphones.
When you get back home after being away on tour for ages, where is your go to place in your hometown?
My favourite restaurant in my hometown is Portillo’s. I can’t wait to visit when I return home.
How can your fans find you on social media?
you can find me on all social media here: @aleemmusic