Meet Amir Obè, Stingray Rising Star for September!
Amir Obé is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Detroit, Michigan. Obè rose to fame when releasing the mixtape, Detrooklyn in 2014, followed by his second EP, Happening in the Grey Area and then Won't Find Love in the Hills, and None of the Clocks Work. In 2018, he released a trio EP Can’t Be A ____Here, chapters 1, 2 and 3. Next up is his debut album coming Fall 2021.
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What are your earliest artistic memories?
My earliest artistic memories that sat with me would be tapping into my imagination. I remember drawing a lot, and not typical stick figures; I remember drawing really abstract faces. Musically, I had older siblings that always had guitars and keyboards laying around. I’d imitate them and try to memorize simple melodies on the piano.
What is your most favorite song that you have done?
This is like choosing a favorite child. It’s difficult, but one I always felt checked off everything I admire in a song would be “Cigarettes.” I still feel that song is timeless and was ahead of its time.
What is your best and funniest memories on stage?
My best memory would be getting the news that I sold out two back to back dates in NYC. Funniest memory would be at that same show, where I was very hesitant on stage diving, it wasn’t a confident leap, but I still did it.
What are your most favorite songs of all time?
My favorite songs of all time would most likely be Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” That whole song is a journey. Creative masterpiece.
What song do you love performing the most on stage and why?
It would have to be between “Cigarettes,” “Wish You Well,” and “Free.” First two because of the energy the crowd gives word for word, and “Free” for the emotional connection I feel with people. I’ve seen people cry to that song, so I know it’s dear to them.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I believe I’d be working in architecture or design of some sort. Whether in fashion or art.
Which musician(s) would you like to collaborate with next?
I’d love to work with anybody pushing boundaries sonically.
What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?
That I have always had severe stage fright and anxiety, but we have to get out of our comfort zones.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
My favorite place is Paris, though I’ve never been. Some places I’d love to travel to are Bora Bora, Tokyo, or The Maldives.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given?
Not compromise creative integrity to make a hit. Instead, shift what is considered pop. I’m a fan of trendsetters in music that don’t follow formulas.
What’s coming up for you in the next few months?
I have a debut album I am very proud of. I also hope to tour and build on the existing foundation thus far.
What’s one question you would ask to your fans?
I’d ask them what their best memories regarding myself or my art they love the most, and I’d also like to thank them for their patience as this album has been long overdue.