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Addictive pocket rocket pop

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Las Vegas, USA

Growing up across the road from a pig farm in Las Vegas, music was a lifeline for teenage R&B singer Shamir Bailey.

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“It was boring,” he says. “Not much to do. We would literally drive around and look at dirt.”

He was surrounded by musicians from a young age – his aunt was a songwriter – and received his first guitar at the age of nine.

Like many people his age, the 19-year-old listens to all kinds of music, and sees no difference between Rihanna and Mac DeMarco. He played in a punk band called Anorexia, and taught himself guitar by learning old country songs.

His own music combines cheeky 80s pop vibes, simplistic drum machines, discordant synths and colourful harmonies – recalling Prince in his androgynous heyday.

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