Stockholm-based singer-songwriter, Nirob Islam – aka SHY Nodi – has just dropped the second single under his own name. ‘Busy Making Plans’ was produced by Freddy Alexander and sees the artist channel the same sweeping and sultry vibes that he first explored on his debut single, ‘Complex’ last year. With its bold and fresh RnB-inspired production meandering seamlessly around his smooth and luxurious vocals, the artist is quickly finding his feet as a frontman and showing the world his true talent for performance as well as songwriting.
“One of the hardest things for me is to be honest about how I feel,” says Islam. “I hate the feeling of being exposed and often tend to not talk about the issues occupying my mind. Not letting those thoughts out ends with you not being able to reach other people. You become distant and disconnected. Even if someone is sitting next to you it feels like they’re miles away, and after a while you start to forget why you feel the way you felt from the beginning. ‘Busy Making Plans’ is about pushing away your problems to a point where you feel so distant and disconnected from someone that it feels like they’re on the other side of the planet. Instead of trying to solve the issues you have, you make plans to avoid them.”
“‘Busy Making Plans’ is about pushing away your problems to a point where you feel so distant and disconnected from someone that it feels like they’re on the other side of the planet. Instead of trying to solve the issues you have, you make plans to avoid them.”
Having broken through into the industry under his writing pseudonym SHY Nodi, who has previously been credited on The Chainsmokers hit ‘All We Know’, NOTD’s ‘I Wanna Know’, and ‘The Ocean’ by Mike Perry and SHY Martin – which also went multi-platinum and was awarded Most Streamed Song at the Swedish Publishing Awards in 2016 – Islam has been on a constant journey towards finding his true identity.
Growing up as a Bengali Muslim in Sweden, there has always been two cultures, two worlds, colliding and dragging him in different directions. Being an academic was also something always expected from his culture and family. As a child, Islam never had someone with the same background as him, who took a risk and followed their dreams in music that he could look up to. He never wished to be a doctor, scientist or lawyer, he just wanted to do something with his life that connected with people and gave him a true sense of belonging.
It’s taken Islam some time to realise that being different is a strength and being ‘stuck in the middle’ is a path of its own, and showing your true self and standing up for it shows bravery. His recent name change represents the next phase in this process. “I want to carry my Swedish and Bengali heritage proudly on my shoulders and pave the way for people like me, showing them that everything and anything is possible. I want to create a space where everyone is welcome, no matter your origin. I want to put my name on the map.
“This is Nirob Islam and thank you so much for taking this journey with me.”
‘Busy Making Plans’ is out now via BLNK Music.
Photo: Linn Carlson