On Dec 4 2020, Hatim releases his latest EP “Façade”. This project is a deeply introspective collection of 8 tracks that weaves through themes of vulnerability, the search for love, and empowerment.
Façade came into existence through Hatim’s tumultuous relationship with the word “Façade” and what it represented. “I was in therapy a few years ago and the therapist kept interrupting me to tell me I had a “façade” up. My first reaction was to get angry and hate the word”. With time, however, this prompted more reflection for Hatim and an exploration of the walls we put up between ourselves and the outside world and how we lose out on so many meaningful and authentic experiences as a result. This culminated in the title track which features Vancouver-based Hip-Hop artist Missy D. “I’m bearing a new layer of myself in this record. It may not be my happiest, but it is definitely my most authentic and I hope that people can connect with that. It felt important to represent the full spectrum of my humanity as a black man in today’s climate”
“I call myself the quintessential third culture kid”. Hatim is Sudanese, born in the UAE, and has been living in Vancouver for just over 8 years at this point. This album represents a blending of all of those influences lyrically, linguistically, melodically and musically. In rounding out the representation of all of his musical influences, Hatim has even included a fully a cappella track – an ode to his two years as a Bass singer in the UBC A Cappella choir club and a bridge sung in Arabic on the song “Breathe”. “I wanted to marry this in-depth representation of who I am personally with who I am musically – at the end of the day, the two are inseparable”.
“Façade” will be available for streaming on all major online platforms on December 4th.