- Words Ryan Cahill
Quick fire questions with the Las Vegas talent.
‘Hi hi hotty hotty hi hi’ Shamir sang on his first release, “On The Regular”, back in 2015. It was the first point of contact that the world had with the young musician from Las Vegas, who was intent on breaking away from the confines of his birth-town and showcasing the talent he’d been brewing since his early teens. By the time he was 17, he’d already been signed – a telling sign of the success to come.
Fast forward to now and Shamir has just dropped his third record-label studio album, Resolution, without any prior announcement. (It’s actually his fourth album, his sophomore album was self-released). For his most recent outing, he’s furthered his exploration into the world of indie rock – a far cry from the masterful electronic debut Rachet that put him on the map as one-to-watch when it was released in 2015. But this deep-dive into a new genre is working in Shamir’s favour. He’s still pulling in the crowds, getting stellar reviews and championing queerness via Instagram.
With unplanned releases becoming commonplace, there’s no knowing when his next album will be in our ears, so there’s no time like the present to exercise our intimate inquisitiveness.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I rarely remember my dreams, but have been lately! I think the last one I remembered was a friend buying a lot of beer and I told him and he happened to be beer drunk that night!
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
Basically every time I cross the street.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
Probably listening to Nina Simone with my mom and knowing then and there I wanted to be a singer.
What’s your star sign? Are you in-line with your star sign?
I am a pretty typical scorpio but I don’t come off as one because of my gemini rising which I think throws off my scorpio intensity.
When was the first time you had your heart broken? (Who by? How did it feel? What did you do?)
I don’t think i really ever had my heart broken. I avoid relationships!
'I Can't Breathe' by Shamir
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Probably Tyra Banks.
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
I worked at a bird zoo for a summer. It was lit!
What would your biography be called?
“It Actually Wasn’t Me On the Regular”
What was the first song you ever wrote?
A song called ‘Devils Bride’ that still is kind of a bop! Should I record it?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Not sure off the top of my head, basically anything my therapist says.
'On The Regular' by Shamir
What has been your biggest achievement?
Probably closing a stage at Coachella.
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Probably Hannah from Girls.
Who is the most famous person in your DMs?
Stephen Malkmus, I think just on longevity standards.
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
Literally everything around me right now, that’s why I live as a shut in.
What’s a lie you’ve told and what was the fall out?
Not sure, i usually don’t tell big lies, not since adulthood really. I used to sign shit as my mom all the time but when she found out she just made me do it for her own paperwork.
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
Flying or breathing underwater.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Cut by The Slits by far.
When was the last time you cried and why?
I think the night I first played a song I wrote about my friend who died.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
In my bed, screaming finally.