One of the most interesting talents to have emerged over the last year has been Hemes.
As a first-generation Arabic woman based in the UK, Hemes crafts sounds that touch on cultural aspects few newcomers ever consider putting into song.
New single ‘Home’ is a beautifully introspective piece of music that was inspired by feelings of displacement, as well as the desire to find a place to call home.
“This song concept is something I’ve been wanting to write for a while. It’s a universal theme that I think many people will be able to relate to, no matter where they come from or what their background is.”
“Now that I am older I’ve realised that ‘Home’ does not have to be one place, it can be a community or multiple places, this is something I have grown to love and accept, and I look forward to sharing in future concepts and projects.”
With support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Radio Wales and 1 Xtra, as well as tastemaker outlets as respected as Clout, A1234 and Conversations About Her, Hemes is a name to watch for in 2023.
Seamlessly fusing elements of both Western and Middle Eastern music into her sound, emerging British Arabic artist Hemes is rapidly gaining traction as a pop artist to watch out for in the UK.
New single ‘Breathe’ was written in the midst of the pandemic, and takes a refreshingly honest look into a daughter’s relationship with her mother.
“I wanted ‘Breathe’ to capture the feeling of needing that one person in your life who can relieve your anxieties, for me it’s my mum. I finished the song during the pandemic because it was the longest time that I had ever been away from her, through tough times I really wished that I could just drive to see her, and that’s how Breathe was born. I wanted the track to feel relatable, so that people can think of whoever makes them feel better, whether it’s a family member, a lover or a friend.”
Taken from the debut EP ‘Matters of the Mind’ (funded by the BBC Horizons Wales Launchpad and the Help Musicians Do it Differently schemes), out later this year.