These days, the pop charts are flooded with singers who began their careers as tiny babies on the Disney Channel. Compared to them, Inas X discovered her passion for music way, way late in the game.
“When I was eighteen years old, I was basically reborn,” says Inas. “My family is Middle Eastern so singing was never really encouraged as a profession. I was with a bunch of friends and just singing offhandedly, and they kept saying that was something I should think about pursuing.”
Inas blazed onto the scene in 2015 with her debut single “Love Is.” Since then, she’s been hard at work on her first EP, landed 2.4 million plays on Spotify for her latest song “Stupid,” and recently left RGF Productions, the label owned by Fetty Wap, to go independent.
“I’m not trying to rush my new music,” says Inas. “I want to bring out my best and show exactly what I’m capable of with an album that really speaks to who I am. I grew up in Brooklyn and have a lot of its diverse influences in me. I want people to see that.”
What is your worst habit?
Overthinking is definitely my worst habit. I overthink everything — I’m a Capricorn and that’s what we do. Sometimes it comes in handy to really think things through, other times it can really slow down the process. Nothing in excess is ever a good thing!
Who is your all-time favourite artist?
Michael Jackson. He has definitely been my biggest artistic inspiration.
Who would be your dream duet partner?
That’s tough. Madonna, probably. It would be insane.
Is there any genre of music you won’t listen to?
I try to listen to every genre because there’s always something you can take away from it. When I was younger, I didn’t like listening to country or heavy metal, but as I’ve gotten older I like to at least explore them. I usually find one song that I enjoy from every genre.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Adele’s Someone Like You. [Laughs.] It sounds intimidating to pick, but I’m so influenced by her vocally. It’s not as untouchable as you’d think! When I used to go to open mic nights, so many people would choose Adele songs. Even if they couldn’t always hit the notes, they’d pick it.
What is your favourite music video?
Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time.” All his music videos are obviously amazing, but that video is just so gorgeous and I love the Middle Eastern influences.
Ideally, which Grammy Award category would you want to win in?
Best New Artist! I mean….ideally, all the categories at some point, right? [Laughs.] But I don’t want to be greedy, so for now I’ll say Best New Artist.