Spotlight Interview with Karmaa
The new release from Karmaa brings on a fresh attitude and approach to edgy R&B that crosses into and ambient pop feel with haunting synth pads and keys that float around the songs atmosphere as vocals roll out alluring lyrics.
"Burn Slow" is fresh as hell and showcases a youthful but skilled songwriting palette with a tight production and a flow that seems endless but really ends up breaking off into a cinematic tone.
This was a bit different than your normal R&B or hip-hop style track as it has this cool beat and style musically that feels like it's bigger and has a great sheen to it.
Karmaa has a character and a swagger that really works, and the songs come through with a certain charm to them.
This felt like a colorful but clean cut and crisp summer single that boasted some sultry sexual energy and brought a killer vocal approach that rolled into the music perfectly.
What's best is that if you like "Slow Burn", you're going to love most tracks from Karmaa for sure.
With the release of this single, we wanted to touch base with Karmaa to talk shop about this new release.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Burn Slow ". This single has a killer edginess to it and a unique flow! Where did this track come from?
This is one of 10 songs from my upcoming album QUEEN OF HEARTS which is execute it produced and engineered by my best friend in Brazil, FPN Norway. He created 10 beats with a vision of an album for me and I wrote every song within a few months. We've just finalized the last track and are prepping cover art & promo.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I am obsessed with ladies of the 80's/90's but mostly influenced Missy Elliott, Salt N Pepa, TLC, Lauryn Hill & Erykah Badu. Current artists I'm influenced by Nicki Minaj who is constantly adapting to what's popular, Taylor Swift who is a genius writer, RUSS who inspired and paved the road for indie creatives, and Lizzo who has a brand and message I am 100% I am in support of!
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
I've always loved music. My mom said I was dancing and singing before walking and talking but I didn't start creating music until 2017. I created music that I thought would fit in but by end of 2019 decided to take my music back and start creating for me, not popularity.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
My album is dropping on my birthday in October. I'm currently signed to a publishing deal with Music of The Sea and al also a part of Timbaland's Beatclub. My goal is to really hone in on sync placements. A couple of producers including FPN Norway have decided to partner with me to really get the ball rolling.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
I challenge myself to write every day. A hook or verse sometimes full songs. A word, a sound, a memory can trigger songwriting for me. Though I have my best writing to be done in the shower and in church.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I work as a bank teller and a realtor to fund my career. I also love hitting the gym to get the endorphins flowing. Mental health is very important to me so I believe in advocating heavily. I'm also reaching out to others to ensure they have a shoulder to lean on.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I am constantly listening to RUSS. Every song is different and I aspire to create that way while still being me shamelessly.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
I haven't in a year but am looking to get back to it. I've performed on insta/TikTok live in the last year but am ready to hit the stage again! RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
My advice is always the same. Create for you. Don't create in hopes of fame or money because you'll lose yourself and your love for creating. Create music that you love and just always be you. The rest will fall into place. RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you for the constant love and support. Never could I have dreamt that in just 5 years of creating would I have such an empowering brand that people would cling to. I am blessed and forever grateful to any and every person who has streamed my music, shared my music and embraced my music. Thank you.