Imanbek

Imanbek Maratuly Zeikenov (Kazakh: Иманбек Маратұлы Зейкенов, romanized: Ïmanbek Maratulı Zeykenov; born 21 October 2000), known mononymously as Imanbek, is a Kazakh electronic dance music record producer. In 2019, he became known for his remix of Saint Jhn's "Roses". In 2021, Imanbek won a Grammy for his remix of "Roses", becoming the first Grammy recipient from Kazakhstan, and the first Grammy award winner in a non-classical category from within the CIS.

Imanbek
Иманбек
Imanbek
Imanbek
Background information
Birth nameImanbek Maratuly Zeikenov
Born (2000-10-21) 21 October 2000 (age 20)
Aksu, Kazakhstan
Occupation(s)
Years active2017–present
LabelsEffective Records
Websiteimanbekmusic.com

CareerEdit

Born in Kazakhstan, he is from the town of Aksu and has played guitar since the age of 8. He studied and works in rail transport (at one point he worked at the Aksu railway station), but has been engaged in music production since 2017. His remix of "Roses" by Guyanese-American rapper Saint Jhn brought him international attention. (The remix was done without Saint Jhn's involvement as Zeikenov's attempts to contact him on Instagram failed and he did not receive a reply.[1]) It has appeared in the charts throughout Europe including Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, India and Sweden, becoming number 1 on Shazam World.[2][unreliable source] Based on the success and popularity of the remix, the original song recorded in 2016, appeared on the US Billboard chart, the UK Singles Chart and other charts, including, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland in 2019. He has signed with the Russian label Effective Records [3] and released his first song on KSHMR's label Dharma Worldwide, a sublabel of Spinnin Records. On 24 November 2020, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Remixed Recording for his remix of Saint Jhn's "Roses".

On 12 February 2021, Imanbek released Bang, a collaborative 4-track extended play (EP) with English singer Rita Ora. It was released simultaneously alongside its lead single "Big" with French DJ David Guetta and featuring American rapper Gunna. Argentine trap artist Khea features on the song "Mood" which also appears on the EP.[4]

On 15 March 2021, Imanbek won a Grammy for his remix of "Roses", becoming the first-ever person from the former Soviet Union, the first ever person from the Commonwealth of Independent States to win a Grammy in a category which is not classical music and the first ever person from Kazakhstan to win a Grammy.[failed verification][5]

On 11 June 2021, Imanbek released his new song "Sweet Dreams" with an English-Norwegian producer Alan Walker. The music video was uploaded in Alan Walker's official channel. The music video currently has 14 Million Views. He released a remix contest of Sweet Dreams in partnership with the digital workstation, FL Studio and Alan Walker.

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Extended play details
Bang
(with Rita Ora)

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CIS
[7]
AUS
[8]
GER
[9]
ITA
[10]
NLD
[11]
NZ
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[15]
US
[16]
"Roses" (Imanbek remix)
(with Saint Jhn)
2019 2 1 3 4 1 1 4 2 1 4 While the World Was Burning
"I'm Just Feelin' (Du Du Du)"
(with Martin Jensen)
2020 24 99
[24]
Non-album singles
"Brother Louie"
(with Vize and Dieter Bohlen featuring Leony)
250 64
"Blackout"[25]
(featuring Tory Lanez)
317
"Too Much"[26]
(with Marshmello featuring Usher)
7 [A]
"Kill Me Better"[28]
(with Don Diablo featuring Trevor Daniel)
Forever
"Goodbye"
(with Goodboys)
124 [B] 59 Non-album single
"Big"
(with Rita Ora and David Guetta featuring Gunna)
2021 252 95 [C] [D] 68 53 Bang
"Leck"
(with Morgenshtern and Fetty Wap featuring Kddk)
Non-album singles
"Dancing on Dangerous"[32]
(with Sean Paul featuring Sofia Reyes)
17 37
[33]
44 90
"Baddest"[34]
(with Cher Lloyd)
"Sweet Dreams"[35]
(with Alan Walker)
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other releasesEdit

Imanbek has a number of other releases, most notably:

  • "Valentino" (with 24kGoldn)
  • "SAD" (with Rasster)
  • "Take Me" (with O'Neill)
  • "Hot" (with Parah Dice)
  • "Smoke It Up" (with Stephanskiy)
  • "Dope"
  • "Clandestina" (with Filv and Edmofo featuring Emma Peters)
  • "Voyage, Voyage" (with Duboss)
  • "Romantic Dance" (with DJ Dmimixer featuring Murana)
  • "Summertime Sadness"
  • "Hey Baby" (with Afrojack featuring Gia Koka)[36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2021 Grammy Awards Best Remixed Recording "Roses" (Imanbek Remix)

(performed by SAINt JHN)

Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Too Much" did not enter the Swedish Singles Chart, but peaked at number 17 on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[27]
  2. ^ "Goodbye" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 34 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[29]
  3. ^ "Big" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 16 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[30]
  4. ^ "Big" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number one on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Железнодорожник из Аксу, создавший всемирно известный ремикс на "SAINt JHN - Roses": кто он" [Aksu railwayman who created the world famous remix of "SAINt JHN – Roses": who is he]. Caravan.kz (in Russian). 30 October 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ Reddit: Why did rapper SAINt JHN ignore the “Roses” remix author, who makes him famous?
  3. ^ "Effective Records homepage". Effective Records. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ White, Jack (12 February 2021). "Rita Ora is back with a Bang with Imanbek-assisted EP and new single Big: First listen preview". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ "GRAMMY Award Results for Imanbek Zeikenov".
  6. ^ "Rita Ora and Imanbek announce joint EP Bang". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Imanbek - Listen All Songs". TopHit. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Roses (Imanbek Remix)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.offiziellecharts.de/titel-details-1914758
  10. ^ "Roses (Imanbek Remix)". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Roses (Imanbek Remix)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. ^ https://charts.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Saint+Jhn&titel=Roses+(Imanbek+Remix)&cat=s
  13. ^ "Imanbek Discographie". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Roses (Imanbek Remix)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Saint Jhn & HSI". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  19. ^ "British certifications – Saint Jhn". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 April 2020. Type Saint Jhn in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Danish single certifications – Saint Jhn – Roses". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  22. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – SAINt JHN – Roses (Imanbek remix)". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  23. ^ "French single certifications – Saint Jhn" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 19". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Blackout (feat. Tory Lanez) – Single by Imanbek". Apple Music. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  26. ^ Powell, Karlie (23 October 2020). "Marshmello x Imanbek drop new song & futuristic music video with Usher 'Too Much'". Your EDM. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 44, 2020" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  28. ^ "Kill Me Better (feat. Trevor Daniel) - Single by Don Diablo & Imanbek on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  29. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  30. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 22 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  31. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 6". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  32. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (16 April 2021). "Imanbek, Sean Paul, and Sofía Reyes get together for 'Dancing On Dangerous'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  33. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 27" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  34. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (13 May 2021). "Imanbek and Cher Lloyd come together for dance floor dominator, 'Baddest'". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  35. ^ "Sweet Dreams - Single by Alan Walker & Imanbek on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  36. ^ Remram, Jasmin (3 September 2020). "Afrojack & Imanbek – 'Hey Baby' (feat. Gia Koka)". EDM Tunes. Archived from the original on 7 September 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.