Sabreen Islam is a young and thriving nineteen-year-old musician from Auckland, New Zealand. She is a singer and songwriter who loves creating music that’s soulful. After having performed live in her home country multiple times, she’s now setting foot in the world of online streaming platforms like Spotify.
Count Me Out is the recent single that’s stirring a major wave of admiration for her, and undoubtedly, for all the good reasons. Count Me Out is a crisp, soothing, tuneful, catchy, and acoustic track, that’s perfect to set you in the right mood on a lazy afternoon.
Not only is the song quite refreshing, but is also well-curated. From production to lyrics and vocals, everything fits well together. Moreover, the mellifluous voice of Sabreen Islam is so authentic that it has a whole another mesmerizing effect on you! Soft undertones of her voice give this track a subliminal effect, that fill your soul up.
The song is a simple, yet deeply striking one. The lyrics that explore abandonment to the finest, feel mellow. You become soft at places because the poignance in the words becomes palpable. However, Sabreen’s soothing, innocent voice, makes for great compensation. Rather, I would say, it’s just the kind of voice that would suit a song like Count Me Out. With measured and moderate amounts of everything, Count Me Out easily becomes a great track to listen to.
Let’s know what the amazing artist has to say herself!
1. What inspired you to create Count Me Out?
Someone I love was stood up on a first date, and I was so mad on their behalf that I wrote this song! She deserved better – as does anyone in this situation – so I wanted to make something to tell her just that.
2. What is it that you want every listener to take from this song?
You deserve someone who will show up! In any relationship, whether it’s new or way down the line, commitment and communication should be a base condition, not a lofty expectation. I feel like many people, especially young people who are perhaps newer to relationships, can tend to gaslight themselves into thinking they’re asking for too much by expecting common decency from the other person. I want people to know that they deserve better and are worth far more than they may be made to think sometimes.
3. Who are your biggest musical role models?
Taylor Swift pretty much raised me. It’s hard to put into words just how much of an impact she’s had on my life, musically and personally. I’m an enormous fan of everything she does and how she takes artistic risks – not just for the sake of taking them, but because she truly feels passionately for them which is why they work so well. I would also say that musically I was raised with a lot of Bollywood music! Which I adore so much and I think there’s so much to learn from South Asian musicians – I truly think we have some of the best music in the world.
4. When did you start your musical journey?
I’ve been playing music pretty much all my life. My dad was a huge influence musically and he really made it a part of our lives growing up – I began piano lessons at four, joined my school choir at six and the ukulele club at seven. It’s always been a part of my life and I’m still just as in love and in awe of music as I was when I first started playing my little plastic keyboard as a kid.
5. Did your past setbacks contribute to who you are as an artist today? If so, in what way?
Oh absolutely. I’ve learned so much and improved so much precisely because I’ve failed so much. It’s something that took me a long time to learn. For so long artistically, particularly when it came to performing, I would always focus on what it was I didn’t have – a band, a record deal, a particularly powerful singing voice. But now I feel really lucky to recognise that there isn’t a black and white checklist to make an artist. You just need to love what you do and be willing to work hard for it. I may not have certain things, I may not be guaranteed success, but I can make people laugh, write a decent song and bring people together. I get to define what being an artist is for me, which is the most powerful thing I’ve learned along this journey.