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INTERVIEW: Lin Hamami

Hi Lin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been fantastic, very excited for this new stage in my musical story!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fall”?

“Fall” is the first step towards  creating my second EP which will hopefully be ready for the summer of 2019. It talks about being overwhelmed with the burden of a life you didn’t quite intend to lead, of juggling too many things at once and feeling like everything might come crashing down.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wrote “Fall” when I was still living in Israel and working 4 jobs and singing backing vocals for other artists and playing in cover bands. I wasn’t really doing my own music and felt stifled by what my day to day routine had become. I decided to make a drastic change – sold my car, left my flat, quit all my jobs, put all my stuff in storage and bought a one way ticket to London. My life has never been the same since then, I released my first EP “Fortress” in May 2018 and now “Fall” in December 2018

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’ve actually released the official video on December 27th and it’s available on Youtube or my Facebook page. The video was directed, filmed and edited by my friend Danielle Heller

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the song in 20 minutes, it just came pouring out of me. It was recorded and mixed by Julien Baraness at Mattison studio in London with Say Anise on backing vocals and Easymess on drums and vocals and it was mastered by Pete Maher. The production was very naturally constructed as the song doesn’t really require much and the strongest feature about it is the vocals, I’ve been blessed to meet  some very talented musicians here in London who happily jumped in to help with this recording

What role does London play in your music?

London has been a key component in my growth as an artist, it allowed me the courage to step forward with my music. There are so many opportunities here,  I’ve fallen completely in love with this city and feel quite at home here. I’ve met so many talented musicians and collaborated with so many people, it’s been very inspirational to my own writing.

How your upbringing has influence your music?

As a Yemeni-Israeli the sounds of my childhood are mediterranean Yemeni-Turkish-Greek Hebrew songs. Yemenites are singers and rhythm makers, drumming on empty oil cans is their trademark and that’s the core of my music – vocal and rhythm. I grew up  listening to everything from Anouk to Christina Aguilera to Ella Fitzgerald and it’s the melting of all those different styles together that makes my unique sound

How Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles has influence your writing?

I’m mainly influenced by female musicians who are strong vocalists and fierce lyricists. Both Brandi carlile and Sara bareilles are very vulnerable and unabashed in their writing and being a straight-shooting Israeli I relate to that. My writing has always been very honest and powerful, I’m an emotional person and I don’t apologize for it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Definitely! I’m already working on the next single to be released at the end of February 2019 and hopefully the full EP will be out in the summer

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single is called “This is me” and will come out end of February 2019

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m planning a UK tour for the summer of 2019 along with Say Anise who sings on this single so hit me up with suggestions and I’ll put it on the schedule!

What else is happening next in Lin Hamami’s world?

Well, the next few months are going to be very exciting as I work on my upcoming EP and also start to play some gigs outside London, the first one is going to be a Sofar Sounds in Paris on February 10th. On February 26th I will be playing an all-female show at The Finsbuty pub alongside the very talented Sara Newton, Say Anise and Allison Conrad, that is one show you don’t want to miss!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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