We are sharing our recent interview with Nima T an Iranian born artist/producer living in Oklahoma.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Nima T : My name is Nima Tajbakhsh but people call me Nima T and I moved to the US in 2001. I started developing an interest in audio and video production in 2006 but didn’t really get into it until 2009. When I first started I didn’t know anything and I wasn’t really good, like at all, but because I was passionate about it I started to get better gradually.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Nima T : Well, I always liked rap music and I always talked to my cousin Arash, who I later formed a rap group with, about how cool would it be if there were some Iranian rappers who rapped in English. Soon enough, we were in a friend’s car when he started to play Persian Gangster Rap, which was unheard of at the time. From then on we knew that we wanted to get involved in music and put out records.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release ‘Maryam Joon’ ?
Nima T : So recently I put out a reggae song, which is my first reggae track that I produced and since I wanted to make it unique I decided to sing both in English and Persian. I was introduced to reggae music through a musician friend of mine in Berlin named Mehdiman, who has been making reggae music for many years.
Twist Online : Is there any inspiration behind this track?
Nima T : The inspiration behind this track is the essence of reggae music in my opinion, which is the euphoria that one gets when they’re using cannabis. I’m basically referencing to cannabis the whole time but if you listen to the song, it will seem like I’m singing about a girl I’m in love with because Maryam is a Persian name similar to Mary…you get the idea.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Nima T : I’ve honestly received nothing but positive feedback for Maryam Joon so far. I think it’s really hard to not like this track because I’ve spent a lot of time structuring it and making sure it sounds perfect.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
Nima T : I’m an introvert so I always enjoy working in the studio more but it’s a very good feeling when you’re performing in front of people and you start to see the heads bop. That’s always a good sign.
Twist Online : Have you set some target to achieve as a music artist?
Nima T : Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out my audience that’s why my songs vary in style. You might hear a hardcore trap song from me and next I do something like Maryam Joon. I personally enjoy making darker music but from experience, people like to hear happy tracks from me. It’s a bit ironic if you ask me.
Twist Online : Are you currently working on any other project?
Nima T : Currently, I’m planning to film a music video for Maryam Joon in California but yes I’m also working on another music video for my song I produced called “On My Own” , basically talking about how I did everything on my own ever since I started. Both tracks will be available on Spotify and the music video will be on YouTube.