It has been a transformative year for IDMAN (she/they), marked by personal and artistic growth, their inaugural tour, and the revelation of deeply personal truths in their music. Now, the emerging artist, singer-songwriter, model, and activist has released their highly-anticipated debut EP Risk. Accompanying the release is a captivating lyric video for the focus track “Beach”. The EP, executive produced by longtime collaborator KhrisRiddick-Tynes (Ariana Grande, Zendaya, Jessie Reyez, Kehlani, Lil Baby), also features their previous singles “Good Life”, “Hate” and “Still”, and is available for purchase/stream via Arista Records.
Speaking on the EP, IDMAN shares, “I’m so excited to share this complete story, with all its context. I feel honored to introduce myself through this body of work – it unfolded in the perfect way, and it’s truer than I could have imagined. I am figuring out whether the risks I have taken have been worthwhile, and I feel no shame in sharing what I have discovered, for better or worse.”
Today’s news arrives a year after the Somali-Canadian artist released “Good Life”. The song ignited a newfound passion and sparked a creative awakening, resonating with fans worldwide. IDMAN returned at the top of the year with the poignant single “Hate”, accompanied by a visually arresting video that vividly depicted the heartbreak and emotional turmoil experienced in a relationship. Continuing to embrace vulnerability and authenticity, IDMAN released the captivating and deeply personal track “Still” as the project’s third single, unveiling their truth to family, friends, and fans in the process. The “Still” video portrayed a femme-for-femme relationship, and it arrived on the heels of a series of US tour dates supporting Sampa The Great, as well as a special show in Australia supporting Ella Mai.
The new EP, Risk, showcases IDMAN’s versatility as an artist, incorporating various influences from their Somali heritage to pop, alt-R&B, and hip-hop. It features intentional storytelling that explores themes of self-discovery, the complexities of interpersonal relationships, and social activism. The project delves into the evolution of heartbreak and redemption, resulting in a deeply emotional and relatable body of work. IDMAN’s signature sound resonates with individuals raised between cultures, bridges generational gaps, and expresses their thoughts and emotions.
As a genuine creative force, IDMAN invites listeners to reflect, discover, and embrace their authentic lives. Through intricate storytelling, thoughtful lyricism, and cinematic visuals, they captivate audiences, earning press praise from the likes of COMPLEX, The FADER, PAPER, V Magazine, and more, solidifying their status as an artist to watch. Unconfined by genre, borders, and gender, IDMAN carves their own path with intention and vision.
Risk serves as an introduction to IDMAN, as it intertwines their infectious pop spirit, distinctive storytelling, opinions, and authentic truths that help set them apart from their peers.
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Shaped by their Somali heritage and a deep interest in social activism, Toronto native IDMAN is creating a sonic tableau of hybrid R&B that explores the highs and lows of navigating relationships and life. The burgeoning singer/songwriter began honing her skill set in childhood, immersing herself in American pop culture as a means of learning English. She would later combine this with her love of Somali music — both traditional and contemporary — and with the help of their music collective, Golly Geng, begin to shape a signature sound. IDMAN’s current singles “Down For It”, “Good Life”, “Look At What I’m Doing To You” and “Hate” have garnered coverage from outlets such as COMPLEX, The Fader, V Magazine, PAPER, Ladygunn, and have generated over 7 million streams. Recently crowned one of Amazon’s Breakthrough Artists in 2023 and coming off support slots for both Sampa The Great and Ella Mai, IDMAN’s debut EP Risk has arrived this Summer.