IATI: What were some of your early musical influences? How did that music reach you?
Immy: I personally grew up in a very musical family. My father plays guitar, and my mother plays piano. My sister is also a composer.
IATI: How did you become acclimated to soul and r&b music in the states?
Immy: I got into the world of soul and funk when I came across a Rick James music video that aired on a German indie music video channel; I was 18 at the time. I didn’t know who he was or what he was doing musically, but it was like “love at first sight.” From that point on I was interested in that kind of music, and at that point in time there wasn’t a lot on the Internet about funk music, so I really had to research a lot to get to know more about it. Umm… so I started to look for funk groups, learned more about the culture, where the music comes from. I then started my own funk group in Germany, but with German lyrics. Also I met people from the states who helped me by pointing out artists I should listen to.
IATI: How did you end up getting from Germany to Paris, How did that come about?
Immy: I met a French musician at a concert in Berlin. we started working together musically and eventually did a concert together in Paris. In Paris the music scene is very diverse, and that has a lot to do with the people who live here. There’s people from all over the world. I like the scene here because it’s open, there’s plenty of exposure.
IATI: Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
Immy: Bruno Mars is one artist I’d like to collaborate with. Actually I saw him play in Paris a couple of months ago. When he first began releasing music I wasn’t that impressed, but with some of his more recent music, he’s showing more of his funky side, which I really appreciate. Another artist I appreciate is Raphael Saadiq, because he has really unique production.
IATI: Let’s talk about your new single “Make Up Love.”
Immy: it’s a song that I wrote with a friend I’ve know for 17 years who’s originally from Daytona Beach, FL. I met him again in Berlin a few years ago and he wanted to work together. He wanted to work on an EP together that we plan to release later this year.
IATI: How did the concept behind the music video for the single come together?
Immy: We wanted to make it simple. The focus was to make it about the artist. Like close ups of my face and to make it more artist oriented.
IATI: This record ( Make Up Love) seems more pop than soul and funk influenced. That’s a shift from your traditional style, right?
Immy: We wanted to make a pop record intentionally with this single.
IATI: Let’s talk more about your new EP.
Immy: It’s an EP with six songs. I worked on this for one year. It has all kinds of stories and lyrics. This time I really want to introduce myself as an artist; this is my debut.
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