Only emerging onto the scene earlier this year, RIMON's sensual voice could be from the birth of soul itself.
Eritrean born, the 21-year-old artist fled with her mother as a toddler and found herself as a refugee in Holland. With music inspired by her own life, from living as an outsider in Amsterdam to falling in love with its underground scene and its people, RIMON creates art as personal as it is relatable.
Forging her own success, after dropping out of school aged 17 to travel and create music with composer Samuel Kareem, RIMON is making herself into the role model she wants to see in the world. Emphasising the significance of young black girls having powerful women to look up to, the artist represents the vital voice music needs right now, steadily becoming an icon for the new generation. Inspired by the likes of Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, RIMON’s style and skill is already at home in a list of her influences: from her Soul Train-inspired ‘Grace’ to the emotive ‘Realize’, her versatility knows no bounds. So, get to know the ins and outs of the masterful artist and let RIMON be your Internet Guide…
What would you like to see more of online? What about less of?
I’d like to see more art and less negativity.
What or who is the best account you follow? The worst?
The best account I follow is @love.watts – it has these crazy abstract images. I can’t even explain it – you have to see it! It’s like a whole mood board of crazy abstract art and architecture. The worst account I follow? I mean… I wouldn’t follow a ‘worst account’ – straight unfollow.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve read about yourself online?
You know what’s crazy. I read that there’s a rumour/conspiracy back home that I do voodoo or joined the illuminati. Apparently because I’m doing my thing and dropping music… people are crazy, man. Someone tweeted me and told me that there’s these theories about me and I just thought “Whaaat?! You know I just worked really hard to get to this point.”
What’s your favourite meme?
Damn! I have so many. I love the meme with the smiley face mask in front of a crying face – that works with so many situations! But I have loads.
What’s your earliest memory of the Internet?
There was this website/game called Habbo Hotel, I used to play it all the time! You’d dress up, go to the pool, buy furniture and play random games. I used to play that sh*t every day.
Is the Internet a good or bad thing for music?
I think it’s a really good thing but also a really bad thing at the same time. Independent artists can really easily spread their music worldwide and get a bigger audience. At the same time though, there’s so much on the internet it’s hard to filter through.
How many followers represent success?
I don’t think followers determine success. There’s so many hugely successful people who don’t post on social media or even have accounts but are doing so well in real life.
Finally…what’s going on in your life?
Hmmm! Busy. I just signed my distribution deal, I’m nearly finished with working on my EP. I’m having an epic trip out in London – just loads of exciting things. I’m in a very good place and I’m super grateful.
Follow RIMON on Instagram here and check out her new music video for ‘Realize’ below now.
23 August 2018