Growing is always a journey; a walk, a fall, a leap, a run and, finally, a sitting down to take it all in. The result is an excursion filled with amazing transformation. Since the 2003 release of her first album IS, Inohs Sivad shifted into high gear “growing up” mode, producing her 2007 sophomore album, Changes, a lush mix of jazz, soul, and a touch of world music grooves.
With the creation of IS, Inohs allowed life’s external influences into her music. At that time, Inohs was coming from a particularly dark period. She used a $50 acoustic guitar and taught herself to play the music that matched her emotions. She then enlisted a slamming band to create the soul alternative sound that became an instant crowd pleaser.
But when personal growth meets musical growth, it creates a deeper, more mature sound. Changes is a proclamation of her current station in life. Gone are the day job and the acoustic guitar from the life during the creation of IS. She became a full-time musician, creating music electronically with a keyboard, tracking, and assistance from live musicians to add a richer depth to Changes.
Growth has turned into accomplishment for Inohs as both an artist and a producer. She can be heard backing funky soul artist Amp Fiddler on his latest project, Afro Strut, and on Rap group SelfMeYi’s “Urban Suburban.”
Inohs continues to tap into her love for electronica. For its compilation disc, Third Ear (United Kingdom) picked up “Somewhere Else,” a track on Inohs Sivad’s self-produced partially released Mrs. Norman’s House.
As a further display of her growth, Inohs made a brave move to strengthen her commitment as an independent producer/artist by establishing her own record label, Sound Thought Recordings.