Q: Hi Shamil, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: Thank you for having me! I’ve been doing good!
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sohana”?
A: Sohana is my latest single, I made it with my engineer Pjay while we were in London , the whole song is basically a freestyle! My engineer was live streaming while we were listening to beats and we had like 6 or 7 hundred viewers so I decided I was gonna make something on the spot and that turned out to be Sohana
Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A: Yes, the whole song is about a girl who I was involved with, everybody told me about these other parts of her life and even she had told me things and it wasn’t even like small things like she was really on some wild stuff but I liked her so much and I was so infatuated with everything else about her I ignored the bad stuff.
Q: How was the filming process in London and experience behind the video?
A: I actually wasn’t physically on set during the shoot! I saw most of the shooting for the video over FaceTime! I have a really dope team that came together while I was away to put together the video, it was a really amazing experience for me, just the fact that I was able to make something dope while being thousands of miles away from it
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: The process changes every time we make a track, Sometimes it’ll all be written stuff other times it’ll be a freestyle, sometimes I’ll hear a sentence and like 2 weeks later it’ll become a chorus in a song, it really just depends on what the moment and the vibe calls for, with Sohana everything was perfect for me to be able to freestyle the whole thing and then stitch it all together!
Q: What role does growing up in Alaska play in your music?
A: I think being from Alaska makes me work harder, it’s a place a lot of people don’t really think about when they talk about music and I think that’s mostly because it’s so cut off from the rest of the world. That solitude really makes you hungry and it pushes you to get better and better.
Q: Has The Weeknd been an influence for you with your writing?
A: I really enjoy listening to The Weeknd’s music and I look up to him so there’s definitely a lil bit of influence but most of My writing influences come from a bunch of different places when I was growing up I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson, Madonna and 80s pop in general with my mom but then with my sisters Id listen to hip hop and more alternative sounds like Lil Wayne, 50, nirvana, Eminem, a perfect circle, Drake, and a ton more.
Q: How’s your new project coming along?
A: The new project is coming along great, we finished recording it a while ago now we’re just putting the finishing touches on it!
Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?
A: The name of the tape is “The After Party, EP” as for the release date it’s probably gonna be early fall/end of summer
Q: Any plans to hit the road, perform any live shows?
A: I would love to, the last show I performed at was back in September of last year but I love performing and I want to get back on stage as soon as possible
Q: What else is happening next in Shamil’s world?
A: Right now in my world and my team’s world we’re getting ready for our next big release “OTL”, it’s another single dropping on the 7th of August! I’m very excited about, I’m sure it’s about to be a lot of people’s new favorite song haha