The Sunday Leader

He’s Got The X Factor

By Imaad Majeed

Sheaam Dean, lead vocalist of Five Minutes Apart, TNL Onstage winners 2009, has since gone on to become one of the most recognized young voices on the air, known for his unique renditions of popular songs such as David Guetta’s Titanium, Rihanna’s We Found Love, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Take That’s Rule The World. Sheaam first drew international attention when his cover of Titanium hit the number one spot on Beat100. Apart from being a remarkable vocalist, Sheaam is the Executive Producer and Recording Artist at QUBE Studio, helping his peers sound as polished as he does.
“QUBE Studio has been somewhat of a solid foundation in my music career,” Sheaam says, “Learning production was something that I did not see myself doing, however, as time progressed, and the more I studied international artists, the one thing that was plain to see was the fact that they had extensive knowledge in music production, and that understanding helped them to be more complete artists.”
Setting the stage for his London EP release in spring 2014 by the international label Schizofrenic Records, Sheeam Dean’s new single Afterglow was released in Sri Lanka by QUBE Studios yesterday.
His current manager, seasoned lyricist Raymond Fry of Midas King Productions International contacted Niki Clarke of the prominent European production house Schizofrenic Records. Niki had said of Sheaam, “He’s definitely got the X factor”. Sheaam’s dynamic vocal range and inherent talent in both guitar and keyboards along with his skill as a composer, producer and lyricist also contributed to sealing the deal.
The first recording Sheaam completed was the song Rebekka, an original written by Raymond Fry and composed and produced by George Shashin which became the most requested song on Yes FM’s Home Grown Top 15 Countdown and was awarded the number one spot in December 2013.
Speaking on the inspiration for Afterglow, Sheaam said, “Most people have experienced problems in relationships, but beneath the turmoil we feel a deep attachment to that person. I used the word ‘afterglow’ to portray an image that represents the emptiness that one would feel if the light of that person was no longer present in our lives. I like to write about real life experiences, and you will hear more when my EP is released.”
He added, “I’d like the song to remind people to appreciate their loved ones because they may not always be with us. I want the message of love to resonate through my listeners. My manager felt that it would be appropriate to record and release the single in my home territory of Sri Lanka which is where my heart feels at home.”
Speaking on the local music scene, Sheaam says, “The scene is very diverse. Far have we come from grass-root Sri Lankan music to a very diverse East meets West scenario. We do have a ‘go with the flow’ mind set which can work out, but not all the time.”
He adds, “Young artists need to sing from their hearts and truly understand what it is to be an entertainer.”
Sheaam’s influences and inspiration come from what he’s feeling within himself as well as the artists that he enjoys and studies, such as Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Michael Bolton. Of contemporary artists, he is influenced by the work of Usher, Ne-yo, Chris Brown, John Legend, and bands such as A Perfect Circle, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Imagine Dragons and Muse.
“The reason I have so many influences is the fact that there are different elements and different aspect of music that one could isolate and identify and, eventually, learn to use,” he explains, “That is my thinking behind drawing influence.”
When asked which international act he would like to share a stage with, he responds, “I do love to dream big, and I have always dreamed of having an entire orchestra backing me. Also, I’d love to do a duet with either Usher or Brian McKnight. That would be awesome.”
Dreams aside, Sheaam says his main goal is to work “extremely hard” on his EP and album in order to put out some great music.
Midas King Productions and Schizofrenic Records will release Sheaam’s EP in Spring 2014 followed by an album release later in the year. Afterglow will be played on all the major local radios stations and the CD will be available for purchase at Keells supermarkets, Choco Luv, Crown Hair & Beauty, The Commons, Capello salons, The NAIL BAR and VONEL Clothing. You can hear his music on his SoundCloud page: http://soundcloud.com/sheaam-deen

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