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GET TO KNOW: Sami Rizk

Having already turned out a wealth of rich and mesmerising offerings since his much-loved 2021 LP 'Introspection', fast-rising artist Sami Rizk is back to his vibrant best on his latest studio album 'idle.'.

Honing more of that broad and innovative aesthetic he has been praised for over the years, this new 22-track collection makes for an incredibly rich and immersive listen. Sprawling with tender textures, a sweeping atmosphere, and his own progressive vocal flow at the helm, 'idle.' continues his ascent as one of the more enigmatic names on the rise right now.

So with the new album available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.

What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

I can go all the way back to my first memories of music listening to “Legend” by Bob Marley and The Wailers with my father, I remember singing it with him, we had lots of albums we’d listen to together but amongst my favorites was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Alicia Keys, and lots of Bob Marley.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

Was never in a band but I found my passion for expression and creativity through writing love letters and poetry to my fourth-grade crush.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

Human understanding and help. My mission is to express myself with a deep understanding of myself in relation to the world around me. I want to offer the world a piece of me that may offer some sort of harmony towards one’s personal struggles.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

2009 - Mac Miller.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

My first ever rap performance at my 11th grade homecoming. There were around 900 kids in the gymnasium and I have never felt such a surge of energy in my life. It changed the frame I was seen in and fully transformed the perspective I had of myself.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Kendrick Lamar, Mavi, Smino, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Vince Staples.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

Mavi, I would love to collaborate with Mavi in the coming years if possible.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Doing the same thing, on the same creative pursuit, hopefully, more established and deeply rooted in my creative space. Hopefully, I’ll have a tour done by then! A few more albums were released, and it was a lot more fun.

Sami Rizk's new album 'idle.' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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