From Detroit To Brooklyn And Back Again: A Conversation With Amir Obè

On the day he drops his new, PARTYNEXTDOOR-assisted EP, we speak exclusively to Amir Obe about his new music, the anticipated EP he just dropped, his biggest collaborations and more.

Music 
119 Hypes 0 Comments

Today, the well-traveled, multi-talented polymath Amir Obe drops his anticipated new EP, Happening In The Grey Area. Propelled by massively popular singles such as the PARTYNEXTDOOR collaboration “Truth For You,” Amir Obe’s new project is on course to serve as his biggest release yet. With the internet and beyond’s gaze inching closer and closer to Obe, we spoke to the “26-year-old creative” about his music, his origins, his plans for future, his new EP and more. With only the past couple of years standing as Amir Obe’s breakout period, the best is still to come. As his new EP makes an impact, the next step in his evolution as an artist is about to be charted.

For the people out there that still don’t know yet, let them know who you are.

I am Amir Obè, a 26-year-old creative. I record and produce my own work, including my EP released today, Happening In The Grey Area. I previously released Detrooklyn in 2014. I also recently finished a US and European tour with PartyNextDoor.

Tell us about your collaborative joints with PartyNextDoor, “I’m Good” and “Truth For You.” How was the working process and are you guys working on more material together?

PND and I share a very similar vibe when we create. Specifically on those two records, we just sent ideas back and forth until we got them right. Recently we’ve recorded a few more in the studio together. I found it way more effortless being in the same room and going back and forth, since we naturally vibe together.

You’re from both Detroit, MI and Brooklyn, NY. Tell us the story about that and how did each place influence you?

Detroit and New York are both opposite extremes. I credit Detroit for allowing me to discover myself and grow at my own pace. I had a normal childhood, playing outside and using my imagination. When I first started visiting New York in high school, it was more of a culture shock but I loved the hustle there. Aesthetically, both cultures molded the way I approach music.

What can you tell us about your new EP? What was the conceptual approach?

Conceptually, every song on Happening In The Grey Area was made for and in the moment. I wanted fans to get a sense of where I am at now and all of the current experiences. The grey area symbolizes where I am at in terms of love, career and life in general.

How long did it take to record?

I began working on this project as soon as I got off my first world tour seven months ago and have spent the last three months really holed up in the studio day and night to get it just right. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

What are your thoughts on your own, personal 2015 and what are your plans and hopes for 2016?

2015 was all a refinement process. I realized what I needed to do and what walls I needed to break down to advance to new heights both personally and professionally. My plan is to consistently provide the listeners with quality music and continue discovering new things to project creatively. I think my music alone has taken me on an adventure so I’ll continue to let the music steer the wheel.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

'Hot Wheels Unleashed' Packs DLC With Content From 'Street Fighter,' 'Back to the Future,' 'Batman' and More
Gaming

'Hot Wheels Unleashed' Packs DLC With Content From 'Street Fighter,' 'Back to the Future,' 'Batman' and More

There’ll also be cars from McLaren, Aston Martin and BMW.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown from 'Back to the Future' Make Their Hot Toys Debut
Design

Marty McFly and Doc Brown from 'Back to the Future' Make Their Hot Toys Debut

Einstein joins in on the fun.

A Burberry-Backed Exhibition Is Bringing Together New Voices From Arts and Culture
Art

A Burberry-Backed Exhibition Is Bringing Together New Voices From Arts and Culture

Taking place in London from November 19.


Ninja and adidas Are Back with A New "Time In" Collection
Footwear

Ninja and adidas Are Back with A New "Time In" Collection

Three takes on the ZX 2K BOOST 2.0 and two adilette BOOST slides.

A$AP Ferg, Diddy, Juicy J, T.I. & More Remix Ty Dolla $ign's "Blase"
Music 

A$AP Ferg, Diddy, Juicy J, T.I. & More Remix Ty Dolla $ign's "Blase"

The mega-mix.

August Alsina "Song Cry" Music Video
Music

August Alsina "Song Cry" Music Video

“Every rose needs the rain sometimes.”

Four Tet, Katy B & Floating Points Connect for "Calm Down"
Music 

Four Tet, Katy B & Floating Points Connect for "Calm Down"

Katy B is hard at work putting together her new album.

ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Soft Grey"
Footwear

ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Soft Grey"

A fresh, in-house rendition stepping away from the brand’s recent slew of high profile collaborations.

Willow Smith Surprise-Drops Debut Album 'Ardipithecus'
Music 

Willow Smith Surprise-Drops Debut Album 'Ardipithecus'

“Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state.”


Are These the adidas Yeezy Ultra Boosts?
Footwear

Are These the adidas Yeezy Ultra Boosts?

Spotted on David and Brooklyn Beckham.

Tyler, The Creator Doesn't Consider His Latest GOLF Lookbook "Fashion"
Fashion

Tyler, The Creator Doesn't Consider His Latest GOLF Lookbook "Fashion"

The Odd Future general opens up about style’s rules, or his general lack thereof.

Banksy Brings Awareness to France with Steve Jobs Piece
Art

Banksy Brings Awareness to France with Steve Jobs Piece

Mixing art and awareness in a relatable location.

Google is Giving Away 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Editions of Google Cardboard
Tech

Google is Giving Away 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Editions of Google Cardboard

BB-8, R2-D2, Kylo Ren or a Stormtrooper?

Daye Jack featuring Killer Mike - Hands Up
Music 

Daye Jack featuring Killer Mike - Hands Up

Off Daye Jack’s upcoming debut album set to drop in 2016 featuring Nosaj Thing, Mike Elizondo, and Max Martin.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.