KØASH, a UK-based musician, is old-school but also modern in his music, bringing the eclectic pop sound of the 1980s to the twenty-first century. This singer-songwriter has been perfecting his style for quite some time, having embraced singing and songwriting as a child. We now have the privilege of listening to the evolution. KØASH has been featured in renowned publications such as We Are YMX and Pop Muzik, and he is turning heads all over the world. Join us as we take a look at his debut album, ‘Dominoes.’
‘Dominoes,’ which straddles the line between Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, and Duran Duran, has a modern edginess to its synth-pop design. ‘Dominoes’ has a strong commercial pop tone, yet an afrobeat element provides a toe-tapping beat to the song. While I am not a huge fan of synth-pop, this energetic melody will have you dancing from the first chord. No, I’m not kidding; you can’t listen to ‘Dominoes’ without bopping your head and moving to the music.
The musical arrangement, produced by Grammy-nominated Daniel John Evans, is soft, mellow, and layered. While the music is captivating in and of itself, the layering of KØASH’s unique vocals emphasises his inventiveness and eclecticism. KØASH’s voice is almost feminine in its delivery, with a falsetto tone that is highly unforgettable. Furthermore, while the song is energetic and joyful, there is a mellow melancholy to it that makes it suitable for dancing while relaxing with a cold beverage.
Today we had a chance to interview KØASH about his journey into the music industry and his freshly released single, “Dominoes”
- How did you first get into music?
I want to say it was during high school when I sought shelter from the bullies in the music room but I’m pretty such it goes even further back…I wrote awful songs as a kid for fun, so the interest has always been there.
- Where do you see your musical career in 10 years?
It will be thriving, I know I will be successful. Manifesting it!
- Which instrument is your favourite to play?
Piano but I don’t tend to play as much anymore as I tend to write vocal melodies to no instruments.
- Which instrument is your least favourite to play?
The triangle, c’mon who likes the triangle?
- What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
My writing, I can take just about any situation and change it into a song. This leads me to writing some very strange songs at times but they never get released haha.
- What would you say is your greatest weakness as an artist?
Doubting myself and comparing myself to others. I try to compare myself to who I was yesterday but I still get those days when I do it, there’s a lot less of them now though.
- Who is your favourite musician?
This changes all the time but right now I haven’t stopped listening to Tate McRae’s latest song.
- What is your proudest accomplishment as a musician?
Just finally getting a song out there that I can be happy with is a huge one. With this being my first single I guess that makes sense.
- What interests or hobbies do you have outside of music?
Fitness, gaming, youtube, toy collecting, photography, fashion and I dabble in crypto/NFTs.
- What is your creative process when making music?
I think of an issue that I want to speak about and talk it out with myself. I then try to tell that story to a chord progression/production. Sometimes the melody just comes in my head without any chords or production. I see lyrics and melodies in nearly everything.
- Take me through how the song idea came about, the writing and production process.
I was in lockdown talking to my best friend about this girl he was seeing. At the time he seemed to think she was perfect for him, but all I could see were red flags. She was dragging him down and it just clicked with me quite instantly that Dominoes would be a perfect metaphor for the whole situation.
- Who would you most like to collaborate with artistically?
I would love to do a song with Tate McRae, Lauv, or Troye Sivan
- Who has been your most influential teacher or mentor?
The internet has everything you need on it.
- Have you ever taught or mentored another musician?
I’ve helped people with writing lyrics and top lines if that counts?
- How do you deal with disinterested or unruly audiences?
Never really experienced it but I’d probably just laugh and continue anyway.
- Do you prefer to work alone or collaboratively?
I prefer to work alone on the basis of a song idea then present it to my producer, if we both think it’s good enough then we’ll expand on it.
- What inspires you as an artist?
Nearly everything, I hear lyrics in every conversation I have. People say some really amazing things on a daily basis and don’t even realise it.
- How do you nurture your own creativity?
Knowing when to rest is a crucial one. I try to write a song every single day but it’s so easy to burn out. Taking time out to recharge is so important.
- Do you have trouble with performance anxiety?
Anxiety and adrenaline feel the same to me. Just tell yourself you’re not anxious but you’re excited and eventually you’ll perceive it differently.
- What are your favourite musical genres, and are there any you dislike?
Pop stands the test of time for a reason. As the times change and trends fade, pop icons and classics remain relevant and exciting.
- How do you differ from most other artists?
I don’t know of a lot of Palestinian artists doing pop in the United Kingdom, so being able to use my family name as my artist name is pretty cool. Musically I’ve been told my vocals feel familiar but sound different so I suppose that’s pretty cool.
Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram as @iamkoash