Hiya take a seat, what made you decide to start as an artist?
Hiya, thank you for your support to emerging artists, we all need positive vibes, especially in these unprecedented times. For me, being an artist is not a decision. It is something I am compelled to do.
What is the unsigned scene in London like at the minute?
There are a lot of quality artists emerging at the moment. It’s important to stand out and stay true to your own message.
What good bands are coming out of London at the minute?
Pat Heath, Scott Baylis. They’re doing very good work.
What support is out there for new artists in London?
It’s more than in other cities. It used to be just south of the river, but now, there are many more places to play, especially in the East.
Who is inspiring you at the min?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Never listen to critics and people who cannot understand why you are doing what you are doing. When you are young, a little negativity can go a LONG way, and take time to recover from. Usually it’s jealousy and envy – but it can still hurt. You have to stay true to yourself. The second you start playing for other people or for approval, you’re done as an artist. You become just a breathing karaoke machine.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Getting called up in a small club where no one knew me. The drummer asked me between sets if I wanted to do a few songs – I had never played with these musicians before and it was MAGIC. Spontaneity cannot be beaten in a live setting. When you’re playing with musicians who really know their instruments, then that is basically worth all the hours of practice and pain. I wish I had recorded it, but it lives in my memory as one of my best performances ever.
What was the worst experience on stage?
One of the band members was really drunk one night. I mean REALLY drunk, and so he forgot all of his cues. We tried to cover for him but every song was just torture, especially when he would start to play these long meandering solos that were out of tune and just so loud. Normally audiences cannot hear every little mistake, but that night they were just as shocked as we were. Not something I ever want to experience again.
Four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Drums: Kayleigh Cheer
Bass: Steve Kilbey
Lead Singer: Misa
Guitar: Pat Metheny
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Isle of Wight! and Glastonbury of course.
Who would you like to duet with?
Singing: Annie Lennox
Playing: Herbie Hancock
What makes you stand out as an artist?
My music is a crossroads of cultures. I grew up in Lebanon and lived in Paris and London. My influences are varied from Pink Floyd to Air and I like bringing different genres together, for instance, alternative rock, trip hop and jazz. The focal point for me are the lyrics. So the vocals are often clear and forward.
Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 )
Posers. People who think they know, but they have no clue. Also hangers on.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
I have a few singles that will be released over the summer and I am looking to release the full “Broken Record” Album in the autumn.
My next release Hymn ( Part I and Part II ) will be out on 18th June. It was written during lockdown and is inspired by recent events. The message of Part I is simple: the world coming together and singing in one voice, as one united body. Part II is the other side of the coin, where messages emerging from different groups get distorted and lost in translation. The result is chaos and lack of empathy.
On 9th July, I am releasing Think About Me. It’s a song that I think every person has sung to themselves at one point in their lives. You always wonder if that person you used to have in your life is thinking about you – what they are doing, etc. It’s strange. It’s almost like none of us can really move on, even though we say we do.”
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Music is finally going global. The technology now exists to break down any and all barriers to creativity. The entire “Broken Record” album was recorded mixed and mastered in New York and London at the same time. Things like that would have been impossible even a few years ago.