Check out our interview with London-based singer-songwriter Imogen Mahdavi who just released her new single, “Some Things Are Best Oversaid.” Featuring Imogen’s distinct, falsetto vocals dance elegantly atop floaty melodies and twangy, country style guitars, creating a hypnotic release. Reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, Imogen’s simple and minimalist arrangements, combined with echoing harmonies give you an uplift feel to cleanse the soul.

Imogen has received wide support from the likes of BBC radio, Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, i-D Magazine.

Follow Imogen @imogen_mahdavi

 

Some Things Are Best Over Said

 

Hi Imogen, please tell us a little about you?

Hi! I’m a singer and songwriter, I hope my music brings people comfort and joy. I’m an East London girl and I’m a real extroverted introvert haha.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Romantic, stubborn, loyal.

We’re sure you have been asked this a million times but how did you get in the industry?

I decided some years ago to actively pursue a career, going to open auditions, putting music online. I didn’t know anyone in the industry and met my manager in a bar on a random night out!

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Dreamy, romantic, cinematic.

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

Movie stars from the 60s singing in musicals, my imagination, discovering music introduced to me as I grew up. It just brings me so much fulfilment so it was never a question of if, but when.

Do you play any instrument?

Barely and badly play the guitar but enough to get the foundations of a song down!

Do you ever get nervous?

Almost always when I gig but it always has an air of excitement surrounding. I’m happy to play for a room of strangers but as soon as someone I know is there I care that much more.

Tell us about your new single “Some Things Are Best Oversaid?”

It’s my most joyful song I’ve released so far, it feels like the end of summer with loved ones. It’s about putting yourself out there and not being afraid of being too much. When I close my eyes I imagine it’s being played at sunset, in a field somewhere at a music festival, holding in my hands the one I love.

Did you had plans/concerts planned and cancelled because of COVID? If so have you done any online concerts or interaction with your fans?

I may have some online performances in the works but yes I had shows and trips cancelled unfortunately. But I’ve spent this time catching up on family and slowing my life down a bit. It’s also given me time to speak more frequently with fans in my dms 🙂

Which project is still on your bucket list?

A big writing trip in the states! Loads of music videos. Glastonbury.

What is fun and rewarding about what you do? And what’s not?

Connecting with fans, performing live, writing and collaborating with people I admire and respect. Downfalls include the anxiety of an uncertain future, and financial commitments when I don’t come from money.

But you make it work and shift priorities…and work your arse off.

What’s next for Imogen Mahdavi in the last months of 2020?

Fingers crossed for my debut EP!!

What is your favorite song? And why?

Santo and Jonny Sleepwalk. Just listen to it and enjoy the ride.

Any loves other than music?

Animals, dinner with friends, slow dancing, debates with people I respect.

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?

I feel like Maggie Rogers and I could be real mates haha. I don’t care much for the idea of celebrity, she just seems like a cool girl who would fit in with my mates.

Best advice ever given?

Be present, tomorrow isn’t promised.

How’s a typical day in your life?

I can sleep in pretty late if I have the chance, a huge breakfast, walking the dogs, writing music. Emails. Eating more, watching comedies on tv.

Name one your strengths?

I pride myself on having a good moral compass, I think I’m fair. I think it’s the Iranian in me that also doesn’t make me shy in speaking highly of myself. Growing up in the UK, modesty turns into self deprecation and I think that’s silly. It’s good to be proud of yourself (without ego or arrogance)!

Idea of a perfect Sunday?

Brunch, long walk in nature. Tea and biscuits. Maybe a museum if it’s raining.

What is you favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?

Anastasia lol all the hits.

What is your own definition of happiness?

Self fulfilment and good physical/mental health for myself and those I love.

Do you support any charities?

I’m skeptical when large charities become businesses and people wear millions of pounds in jewellery for galas?!

There is a great charity called Peace Direct that allow locals to choose how best to spend money. I’ve donated and raised money many a time on go fund me. More investment should be put in prevention rather than fixing something that’s already broken. Some charities are like healthy food and some are like medication.

What is your favorite healthy food?

Edamame. I’m obsessed.

And your favorite cheat food?

Pic n mix ergh

What would be a deal breaker on a first date?

Rude to staff and smoking.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope I’m happy and maybe a cheeky world tour under my belt.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Either camping clothes or 60s meet 90s sleek energy lol I’m all in or a hot mess.

What do you think of Social Media?

A blessing and a curse. If I didn’t make music I certainly wouldn’t be on it.

Where we can follow you?

Haha right after that answer! Instagram I post most of my updates

Instagram / Facebook

But all the rest too Spotify / YouTube etc!

Quote: Love is a verb, love is a doing word.

Movie: Wild Tales.

Travel Destination: New York or Tokyo

Sports Team: lol