When last years US release of ‘Caroline’ became an instant viral sensation with it’s funked-up tribal bounce, grit and gusto – Aminé went became one of 2017’s hottest new artists.
“With ‘Caroline,’ I wanted to make an encouraging and fun record,” Aminé says, “It really happened in the moment, and it’s a feel good song.”
The self-directed video for ‘Caroline’, captured in his hometown of Portland Oregon, showed Aminé and his friends mobbing around the city paying homage to Quentin Tarantino (Watch above). Currently at #14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs Chart, it’s just the beginning and Aminé is wasting no time in bringing his sound from Portland to London.
“You don’t ever think of a rapper or even a black guy coming out of Portland,” he asserts. “That’s just not a thing! However, there’s a fairly diverse subculture in the city that few people know about. It’s very different from what you would expect.”
The rapper draws equal influence from his parents’ Ethiopian heritage as he does from icons such as Kanye West and André 3000. He’s more likely to record in a remote AirBNB’ed wilderness cabin than he is in a posh studio, and he cites Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson as major inspirations. Building on a lifelong passion for music, he began recording in high school and quietly sharpened his mic skills. While attending Portland State University, he released his 2015 project ‘Calling Brio’, merging visual lyricism, swaggering production, and his clever, catchy bars, it became a phenomenon on Soundcloud, racking up over 1 million+ plays.
“I’m a fan of all genres,” he explains. “My parents always played African music and Bob Marley. Then, I grew up on everything from Erykah Badu to John Mayer. I want to do something that reflects this diversity. My songs need to be good for the listener personally.”
Tickets to his debut London show, go on sale exclusively to ARRIVAL members with Presale tickets available on Weds 25 Jan 2017 at 10:00am. General tickets go on sale Friday 27 Jan 2017 at 10:00. There’s still time to sign up to the Arrival members list – so don’t be mad – be early!