With his intriguingly gender-less vocals and instinctive approach to music making (he plays the guitar upside down), there’s a whiff of the mercurial about 19-year-old Las Vegas native Shamir Bailey. His joyous debut single “If it Wasn’t True” pushed elastic funk through a futuristic disco filter, while his latest cut, the cowbell-heavy “On the Regular” – featured in the Dazed 100 trailer – not only highlights more than a dash of ego (“while everyone is minus you can call me multiply”) but showcases a formidable sense of style in the video (mismatched patterns everywhere, basically). Expect him to reach new heights in all areas with the support of XL Recordings next year.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Shamir: Dancey house, lo-fi disco, rap, pop and a dash of country.
What’s your favourite song of 2014?
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Shamir: You can expect my debut LP, more American shows, and possibly a country EP.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Shamir: The 90s are coming back due to us 90s kids taking over.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Shamir: How to perform as a solo act.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Shamir: That it’s an Android.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Shamir: Kylie Jenner.
Cotton jumpsuit by Hugo, cotton shirt by Boss, grooming by Emi Kaneko using Clarins
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