Back in 2015, we were introduced to Berhana with his debut single "Janet," a blend of hip-hop, R&B, and pop sounds all held together by the young singer's poetic style. Being from New York, the melting pot of the cultures from across the world, it was only right that the music was a melting pot of sounds and it was well received by fans of all genres.
After dropping another single in 2016, "Grey Luh," Berhana felt he had more work to do and decided to take a step back and further develop his craft. The singer took a two-year hiatus and now he's picking up where he left off with more impressive music. Since returning he has landed a placement on Atlanta for "Grey Luh" and has dropped a new track "Whole Wide World."
The song is his first release since 2016 and has a cinematic, classic feel to it as Berhana delivers another catchy record. Check out "Whole Wide World" below and keep scrolling to read our conversation with the NYC-based singer.
So can we start of with who you are, where you’re from, and how old you are?
My name’s Amain Berhane. I grew up just outside of Atlanta. I’m 25.
When did you start making music?
I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid. I didn’t get serious about it until a few years ago though.
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up?
My biggest influence growing up was my uncle. He was more like my dad than an uncle. He came to live with me and my mom when I was 7. Every day he would tell me stories of growing up in Ethiopia and the way he told the stories made me feel like I was there. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell a story like him.
You stopped releasing music for about 2 years, what led to that decision?
I wanted to get better. When I recorded "Janet," it was the second time I ever recorded anything into a microphone. The day I put it out, BBC Radio reached out and asked for the .wav file. It was tight people were listening but I needed time to hone in on my craft. I was just getting started.
How did the Atlanta situation come together and how much has changed since the episode aired with “Grey Luh?”
Fam made that happen. He runs music for the show. It was my first placement and that’s the best show out right now, in my opinion. I was pretty hyped!
What’s next for you in 2018 and what do you want listeners to take away from your music?
I’m just trying to keep growing/progressing. I hope when people listen to what’s next it inspires them to do the same.