If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
I take a lot of influence from RnB and combine that with Afro style music.
How did you get into making music?
I’ve been singing since the age of four and have wanted to do music since I can remember. I decided to take it up at university at the age of 18. I started writing and making music in my friend’s studio and we’d just mess around ’til I thought it would actually be good to pursue this is a career. I put out a song on BBC Introducing in early 2015 and then everything just started to fall in place after that.
Where were you brought up? How, if at all, did your surroundings inspire the music you make now?
I was brought up in Liverpool. My family were heavily into RnB and hip hop when I was young, so I took my influences from there and made my own path as I grew older.
Can you think of any artists who inspired you when you were starting out?
Maverick Sabre. I Need was the first song I ever recorded in a studio. I remember a friend asking me to come in and record a cover for one of his university projects. I went and recorded it and that’s when I really fell in love with creating and recording music.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
I write about things I’ve been through in life and also what other people around me have gone through. I take inspiration from life events and try and interpret them in my own way. Writing music to me is like writing a script to a film, I always visualise the story.
Which contemporary artists do you feel are making the most interesting music today?
I think Yxng Bane, Octavian, Khalid and Daniel Caesar are really paving a way for the younger generation in music.
Why is music important to you?
Music saved me… It helped me through a tough time in my life and it also helped me get on a better path. I spend most days in the studio writing and creating music. It’s become a lifestyle for me and I’m finally starting to turn my dreams into a reality.
Raheem Alameen’s new track Too Deep is out now. Raheem performs at Liverpool International Music Festival on Saturday 20th July on the Central Stage.