With roots in both Ethiopia and Eritrea, Swedish artist/songwriter/producer Bishat writes and performs dark soulful pop, with a deep influence from modern R&B. She has released her debut EP today, 20 April – ‘Q417 (Mixtape)’, with the title representing the 4th quarter of 2017 – when the EP was written – a dark period of her life.
Bishat started making music at the age of 13, writing her first song with José González. Compared to FKA Twigs, Tove Lo, and The Weeknd, she was named ‘Best New Artist of the Month’ by Pigeons & Planes, and “a pop star in waiting” by The 405.
‘Q417 (Mixtape)’ was written during a dark time in Bishat’s life – the title represents the 4th quarter of 2017, a long painful moment during which her world was falling to pieces. After breaking off her engagement, dealing with a life crisis and having no place to call home she spent her days creating music and her nights trying to forget – the result is a mixtape filled with stories of blurry nights and
destructive behavior, as well as mourning and trying to moving on.
Today, Bishat has also just released a brand new video for her song, ‘Dream About Me‘. Both the song and the video are intimate and dramatic, exploring the fear of change in a relationship – that moment when things are uncertain and all the insecurities creep up.
‘Unholy Romance‘ was written in collaboration with the Platinum-certified artist and producer Damian Ardestani, better known as XOV, and gorgeous, heartbreaking ballad ‘Give Y ou U p’ was written and produced wholly by Bishat herself.
Listen to Bishat’s ‘Q417(Mixtape)’ on Spotify and SoundCloud.