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Parisian Soul Singer Immy Talks Music With IATI

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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.

Keep up to date with Immy’s on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBMzqdrWwFKfJHw2b5rTxg; and her website, http:/https://www.facebook.com/Immy-130395300444716/

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Will Eady
Born and raised in the birthplace of Funk, and arguably the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, music is in my veins. If names like Bootsy Collins, and the Ohio Players ring a bell, then you know where I come from. As a musician and poet myself, I have an appreciation for art that hasn’t been inundated by the agendas of major labels and networks. Recently I’ve been sharing music and connecting with artists via social media. Follow me on Instagram @mainstream_music_isgarbage.