Femi Tahiru

Artist

BIMM Institute Manchester songwriting graduate, Femi Tahiru combines smooth R&B vocals with vibrant beats and soulful chords through his self-produced music, bringing us a new individualistic approach to whatever Femi touches.

His anticipated debut EP, D.E.M.O.S. (an acronym for Definitely Emotional Maybe Overly Sensitive) was released in the middle of 2021. It’s an effortlessly polished piece from Femi who has been honing his bedroom pop and RNB sound.

The singles received acclaim from tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins. The EP is self-produced and draws influence from artists such as The Internet and Mac Ayres.

Femi has recently signed to talent agency CAA and was named track of the week by BBC Introducing East. CAA (Creative Artist Agency) has an impressive roster including ACDC, Daft Punk, Dua Lipa, Fontaines DC, and H.E.R to name a few!

We asked Femi about what he’s up to now and how studying at BIMM Manchester helped him develop as an artist:

‘I’ve just released my first EP D.E.M.O.S, so right now I’m trying to create content I haven’t already to promote the release. This is my first ever project I’ve released, and being at BIMM definitely helped shape the sound I have today, from advice from tutors, to other students music tastes, it’s all come together better than I imagined.

My top tip for students at BIMM would be to go the extra mile, meaning if you’re a producer or a songwriter (or anything), do more than what’s expected of you. Treat your time at BIMM like the start of your music career, the development stage, where you start to discover yourself as a musician or artist, what you like, don’t like, what you’re good at, etc. Also, don’t take for granted the tutors that are there to help you. If you find you get along with your production or songwriting tutor, make a habit of sending them your music. You never know who they might send your stuff to. Keep them in the loop!’

Great to hear from Femi and can’t wait to see his next release!

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