Newcomer Imen Siar is proof that greatness can be found in the most unlikely of places. The 23-year-old dreamed of a music career while working in Nando’s in South London, her only creative outlet being to post videos of her singing into a mop during breaks from work. Her talent was discovered by the New York label icons + giants, which had just been launched by two influential hitmakers Billy Mann & Benton James, whose previous credits include P!nk, John Legend and Supah Mario.
Suddenly Imen was gaining the traction her talents deserved, signing a deal with icons + giants and Warner Music’s ADA, and then making a huge debut as a featured artist on the Arabic remix of David Guetta’s ‘Family’ alongside Ty Dolla $ign and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Now Imen Siar continues her inspiring ascent as she shares her debut single ‘Lonely People’.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I remember my first ever musical influences being the Little mix, Bruno mars, Beyoncé and Jessie J.
I used to find all the songs from the little mix very catchy, uplifting and I loved putting covers out, in fact my first ever cover on social media was WINGS by little mix.
Bruno’s songs really has something special, and i think now that I know more of this industry, what I loved the most was his lyric choice, it was never predictable. When it comes to Beyoncé it was really about vocals and the fact that I challenged myself vocally and I could easily mark my progress, for example in months I was then able to sing a song of hers that before I was not able to, so it really helped me build my confidence too. Jessie j was a total package for me and her vocals have always left me speechless, she is still one of my favourite artists now”.
Tell us about your new single Lonely People
“Lonely people is a very special single to me and I really mean it, so I am very happy and proud for it to be my debut single.
Lonely people is a timeless song and I surely felt it from the first time I heard it. It has such a universal feeling and unfortunately we all have felt lonely at least in one point of our lives. Now more than ever I feel like people can relate to it, as after covid and lockdown, loneliness must have hit hard many of us. So the idea of all the lonely people shining like stars to find each other really spoke to me”.
What do you want people to take away from your new single?
“I hope that people understand that they are not the only ones feeling the way they do and that it is human to feel lonely even when you are blessed enough by having amazing friends and family. but more than anything I want people to truly listen to who is around them and try and find people that could be in similar situations.
When I used to be lonely at school for example, i would always be in a corner room where not many people could see me and I would have earphones in and I would still make it look like I am fine; so years later when I was in a new school I have tried to look around me to look for people that were acting the same way I used to so that I could go talk to them and make them part of my group of friends, just like i wish someone had done with me before”.
Describe your music in 3 words
“Hopeful, uplifting, positive”.
If you could collaborate with any other artist – who would that be?
“There are plenty of artists I would love to collaborate with and they are all so different from each other but for now I think I would absolutely love to collaborate with Alessia Cara, because her songs always talk about topics I like to write about, she is modest and drama free. On my audition on bgt I actually sang a song of hers”.
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
“I have only recently started writing songs and I am still trying to figure it all out, but at the moment the songs I have written are about feelings that I have felt in the past and how they have turned out. I try to always think about milestones I have achieved so that a good positive and uplifting song can come out of it”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“It would definitely be my attitude, my values, and I try to be kind to everyone. I like to smile and make people happy, with or without music, because I believe that it is all a chain, if I make someone’s day, they will make someone else’s day and so on. Little things can change the world”.
What would you like to achieve by the end of 2022?
“I like to set very specific goals so that it is easier to determine how things are improving. Of course my end goal in life is just to be happy and surrounded by people I love but i would say that by 2022 I definitely want to have performed at my own headline show, whether it is big or not, I would like 50k monthly listeners on Spotify, and want to have taken my mum to her dream holiday in Turkey”.
By Siân Parker