Shamir's creating 'outsider pop' for the people who need it — and himself

Jessi Roti, Chicago Tribune on

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The song and video find the singer's queerness and blackness adopted, then replaced by a cisgender, white male -- a feeling that not only contributed to his decision to step away from his old sound, but also to who and what he wants to represent as an artist.

"I felt like a trend," he says pointedly. "People who are gender-queer and nonbinary, people like myself, go through (stuff) every day. They feel like they're in danger every second and there are so many triggers and stressors that come with that. People look at it like an aesthetic and it bothers me so much."

He hopes his music can spread awareness on a larger, social scale -- even though it often starts in isolation.

"It starts with introspection and me questioning myself and trying to be more self-aware," Shamir said.

"I know that, even my own singular thoughts and questions about the world -- other people have them."


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