Author: Anjelica Morales
Boston native Karim is a true artist. From his individual style to the smoothness and intensity of his music. Clonefluence has had the pleasure of meeting an array of Boston talent who have revitalized the way we view this often overlooked music scene. Karim is no doubt a contributing factor. He tells us more about his journey to artistry below:
"My name is Karim (pronounced kuh-reem) and I'm a Boston native. My hometown has influenced me by exposing me to different lifestyles and cultures, as well as styles. I've always been into the arts (as a whole (whether drawing, painting, dancing, making clothes, and even culinary)) growing up, and it came naturally. No formal training or art schools. I didn't grow up in the church like a lot of vocalists. It was all influenced by what I've seen coming up. I started doing music in my early teens. Just writing here and there. But never recorded anything until one of my friends wanted me to write a chorus for her rap song, "Ready For Love," in 2014. I knew a few years prior that music is what I wanted to pursue. I don't have a mentor, but I'd love to be taken under someone's wing. My biggest inspirations, honestly, are my peers, (who are in similar fields) because we all get to see each other grow and help support one another in reaching those common goals. My end goal is to help other artists believe they can actually make it. I want to touch someone in a way that I've been by some of my favorite musicians. I want listeners to have a transcending experience when listening to my music, because sometimes you need to escape reality for a while. I don't have one concrete message, but there are many things that need to be said, in which I want to be heard. Not looking for a specific audience. Whoever gravitates toward my music, then it is for them. My style of music is like a blend of alternative R&B with a Neo-Soul twist. I don't like to limit myself. I often experiment with ambient synths and eerie sci-fi sounds, along with Jazz and Rock music. Like retro hippie meets Hip-Hop, if you will. Hard fem, soft grunge. Over the past few years that I've really been pushing music with, I noticed the vocal growth. The range and strength of vocal control have increased, as well as finding melodies that I probably wouldn't have thought of before, and knowing just where to place them. Although, I have grown in many ways, I still want a vocal coach to improve my vocal ability (higher and lower range, as well as learning to read music.) You can never know too much. Even the most established artists still do vocal training. All in all, I hope my music reaches who it's supposed to and it helps them gain the confidence to keep pushing through, because we ALL can achieve our dreams if we believe ourselves first."
We look forward to witnessing more of Karim's growth and you can too! Anticipate new music soon!