Yasmin (musician)

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Birth name Yasmin Zarine Shahmir
Also known as DJ Yasmin
Born (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 29)
Manchester, England
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • DJ
  • Vocals
  • keyboard
  • synthesizer
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Yasmin Zarine Shahmir (born 21 December 1988), who performs under the mononym Yasmin, is a British singer, songwriter and DJ. She is signed to record label Levels Entertainment,[1] an imprint of Ministry of Sound and began her singing career in October 2010 when she appeared on rapper Devlin's single "Runaway".[2][3] Her debut single, "On My Own", was released on 30 January 2011.


Early history[edit]

Shahmir was born in Manchester, England to an Iranian father and English mother. At a young age she moved from Manchester and was raised in Kilmacolm, near Glasgow in Scotland.[4]

Yasmin began her musical career when she was seventeen years old. She left university, moving to London, where she focused on DJing. During her time in London, Shahmir was spotted and asked to DJ for many artists, including N*E*R*D, POB and Taio Cruz.[4]

Breakthrough (2009–present)[edit]

Throughout September and October 2010, Yasmin supported British rapper Example on his headline tour of the United Kingdom, alongside Devlin and singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Yasmin was then featured on Devlin's second official single, "Runaway", for which Yasmin wrote and provided vocals for the chorus. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2010, where it debuted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] peaking at number 18 in Scotland[5] and number 48 in Europe.[2]

Following the success of the single, Yasmin was signed to Levels Entertainment.[1] She released her debut single "On My Own" through Ministry of Sound in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2011; where it debuted at number 39 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] Her second solo release, "Finish Line" produced by Labrinth, was released on 8 May 2011.[6]

She premiered her next single, "Light Up (The World)" which features Ms Dynamite at The Wickerman Festival in Scotland on 22 July 2011.[citation needed]

Shahmir supported Ellie Goulding on her Halcyon UK tour. She featured on Gorgon City's breakthrough single "Real", taken from their debut album Sirens (2014). Shahmir has also collaborated with the likes of Major Lazer, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke and emerging house artist Friend Within.



Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"On My Own" 2011 39 6 63 N/A
"Finish Line" 13 1 16
"Light Up (The World)"
(featuring Shy FX and Ms. Dynamite)[9]
2012 50 6
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Devlin featuring Yasmin)
2010 15 18 Bud, Sweat and Beers
"Young Guns"
(Lewi White featuring Ed Sheeran, Devlin, Griminal and Yasmin)
2011 86 Non-album single
(Gorgon City featuring Yasmin)
2013 44 49 Sirens
(Drums of Death featuring Yasmin)
"One Night Only"
(Krystal Klear featuring Yasmin)
2014 Non-album single
(GRMM featuring Yasmin)
"Feeling U"
(Sonny Fodera featuring Yasmin)
(Preditah featuring Yasmin)
"How Do I Love You"
(Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Label
2012 "Paper Princess"
(Mikill Pane featuring Yasmin)
You Guest It EP SB.TV
(David Stewart featuring Yasmin)
Late Night Viewing SB.TV
(Yvonne Heinemann featuring Yasmin & Dean Oram)
Pump It Up - Latin House Ministry of Sound
2013 "You're No Good"
(Major Lazer featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim and Yasmin)
Free the Universe Mad Decent
"Feeling (So Special)"
(Karma Kid and Friend Within featuring Yasmin)
Red Bull Studios Presents: Monki and Friends EP Red Bull
2014 "LiT"
(Flatbush Zombies featuring Yasmin)
It's All a Matter of Perspective EP Electric KoolAde Records
(Topaz Jones featuring Yasmin)
Non-album single Self-released
"First Impressions"
(Kele featuring Yasmin)
Trick Lilac Records
"Say My Name"
(Huxley featuring Yasmin)
Blurred Aus Music
2015 "L.E.D."
(Chuck Inglish featuring Yasmin)
Everybody's Big Brother Sounds Like Fun Records


  1. ^ a b Yasmin signs to Ministry of Sound imprint Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ a b BBC Chart Blog - Devlin & Yasmin - 'Runaway' BBC, Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  3. ^ a b c d "UK Charts > Yasmin". officialcharts.com/ Official Charts Company. 
  4. ^ a b Yasmin - Biography BBC, Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  5. ^ a b Peak positions for the featured singles in Scotland:
  6. ^ "Kanya King: MOBO founder's top 5 pop picks - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  7. ^ Peak positions for singles on the UK Indie Singles Chart:
  8. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  9. ^ "Future Releases". Choice FM. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  10. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Yasmin" (in Dutch). Belgian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 

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