BEDOUINE

On her Space­bomb de­but

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os An­ge­les res­i­dent Azniv Korke­jian never planned on a ca­reer as a singer-song­writer. A grad­u­ate in sound de­sign, she first found work as a di­a­logue ed­i­tor for TV and film, so singing was es­sen­tially a pri­vate prac­tice. Adopt­ing the Bedouine alias later, she was en­cour­aged to share her songs and even­tu­ally ap­proached matthew E white with “one of Th­ese Days”. “It was around the time I left my full-time job for a more flex­i­ble free­lance po­si­tion,” she ex­plains of the shift. “I could be­gin to think about en­cap­su­lat­ing my writ­ing un­der the um­brella of a co­he­sive project. There was no pres­sure or hurry, re­ally.” That re­laxed ap­proach is re­flected in her songs’ lan­guorous coun­try soul, which Korke­jian de­scribes as “mu­sic that’s not suited for a so­cial hour” – surely one of the rea­sons white wel­comed her into the Space­bomb fold. “He made it clear he be­lieved in me and re­peat­edly propped me up and told me I was ca­pa­ble. I was al­ready a fan of what he was do­ing and it was clear he had a taste for the un­der­stated, which I ap­pre­ci­ated. when I ap­proached matthew, I hoped he’d recog­nise it as some­thing dif­fer­ent in a spe­cial way and I’m stoked that he did. They say the best record la­bel is the one that’s most ex­cited about you and that’s how I felt about matthew.”

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