Some years after his demos blew up on SoundCloud, Abraham Blue finally releases debut single “Hoops“.
Born to Palestinian-Syrian parents, Abraham Blue immigrated and settled in downtown Antwerp, Belgium at the age of 5. Growing up in a small apartment without a TV, his culture was focused around classic Arabic singers. Antwerp presented an identity crisis for Abraham who struggled to feel at home.
He discovered James Brown and Michael Jackson and fell in love with pop music and began to explore new genres when his mid-teens presented him with a chance encounter with Miles Davis’ “On Green Dolphin Street” being played in his uncles’ boutique book shop.
He soon emerged himself into a broad spectrum of different styles discovering Jazz, Brazilian BossaNova, 90’s hiphop, classic soul and even gospel music and became obsessed with acquiring a deep knowledge of the music.
With no instruments or equipment, he immersed himself into learning how to play piano, guitar, bass and drums and befriended local music stores, begging them to allow him to use their instruments and stay on past close time to learn and hone his skills as a player. Before long Abraham started writing his own songs and learning production through Youtube tutorials.
Then an opportunity came up in a youth centre for troubled kids which included a small studio set-up. After years of exploring jazz records his thirst for knowledge and trained ear impressed the centre. Viewed as a potential mentor for the other kids he was given a set of keys.
During this process Abraham decided to leak some demos across Soundcloud. This sparked excitement almost overnight, leading to a Soulection Co-sign and trip to LA to work with some of Soulections finest in-house producers. A J-Lewis remix heightened the buzz and his 20k Soundcloud following has attracted industry attention across labels and publishers.
Fans continued to contact him on Instagram relaying how much his music meant to them. “I want to spread positive energy in my music, to be a shoulder to lean on” says Abraham, “and this inspired me and made me believe in myself”.
His debut single “Hoops” speaks to this process and is being released with an accompanying lo-fi self-recorded video. An off-kilter, spacious blend of his influences, vital production and dazzling vocal set to kick-start the next phase of his journey.
It is the first cut of an upcoming EP due this autumn which Abraham played, recorded and produced himself. Mixed by Tom Henry (Celeste, Yellow Days, Mabel, Rachel Chinouriri, Cosima), Abraham’s process of freestyling and self-education results in a record that celebrates his complexity as much as his appreciation of the powers of pop.