Newcomer to the scene Shamil is ready to make a statement this summer with the atmospheric ‘SOHANA’ (released through The Orchard). Accompanied by impressive visuals shot in London, this latest single is gearing up to be a big introduction for the prodigious young artist who is already drawing comparisons to the likes of The Weeknd and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
With his most recent single ‘Cola’ being released at the beginning of May, he immediately turned heads as the infectious guitar laden instrumental combined with his upbeat and catchy melodies breathed a breath of fresh air into the current R&B and pop music scene. This has since seen Shamil being scouted by Bronz of 13 Life (A&R scout of artists including Post Malone and Harmony Samuels) shining the spotlight brightly on the young emerging talent. Already being hailed as the latest potential pop/R&B wonderkid coming out of the US, ‘SOHANA’ is yet another strong testament to this.
The single sees the 21 year old Anchorage native in his element, crooning over a trippy and relaxed R&B infused beat, talking on subjects including past relationships and a wild lifestyle in which he was living at the time. Speaking on the content of the single, Shamil states: “Sohana is about a girl that I was talking to at the time that had a wild lifestyle, yet I was more interested in the person she was than the type of life she lived.
My emotions and feelings took over the logic of the situation. Even though I wasn’t into the type of stuff she was into, I really didn’t care. I want people to see how lust and attraction can cloud your decisions and judgement when it comes to certain people.”
With the track and video being both recorded and filmed in London, Shamil draws a close connection to the city, which is emphasised in SOHANA. He continues: “Sohana is a really special track to me, it was the last track we got done during our London sessions. Having this be the first single off my tape is really crazy! I’ve been making music for a few years. When we started, my engineer and I would go from house to house in Anchorage just looking for somewhere to record, a couple years later I’m in London working with the people who made the music that shaped me into who I am. I always said I would know when the time is right to drop a project. The moment I knew was when I finished this song.”