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DR T

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DR T WHAT HAPPENED?

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Burying my second parent and becoming an orphan. It seems for me grief has this massive creative release which started with me writing my dads eulogy to memoirs, spoken work, to now a track release list of 12 songs.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I was raised in a house of entertainment, parties and music. Sitting in front of the VCR (yeah that old!) watching a coveted copy of MJ Moonwalker, from age 5 I watched and was fascinated by music, dance and performance. I then found my love for naughty 90’s hip hop and R&B, raised off Pac and BIg for lyricism, Lauryn Hill for storytelling and the classics like Boyz to Men and Diddy and Mase for those sultry R&B bangers which has carried over into my musical sound now centered around Afrobeats, Amapiano and R&drill. 

What was life like for you before music?

I have always had music in my life, but before becoming an artist, my life was dedicated to medicine and research. I went to med school reluctantly (wanted to do performing arts) to appease my parents.

My mum then died tragically when I was 19 at university, our house was robbed and she was murdered. I think that pushed me through some sort of crucible where I just threw myself into medicine (and helping other people) and forgot about my creative need and that hunger. Then after my dad died, and I took a break from the NHS, I slowly recognised that creative urge and have been feeding it ever since!

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Lauryn Hil – Doo Wop 

Diddy and Mase – Feel so good 

I learnt every word and every melody to both songs and back then I thought that’s what everyone did, that it was normal for everyone to listen and dissect and love every layer of a track (the beat, instruments and vocals). I later realized that’s part of being an artist and creative, the love of the creation of music.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

That’s a hard question. For me, the black british/urban music scene has always been dominated by a very different type of artist, that represents something quite different to me. But the hope is i slide nicely into the genre of playful kinky sing rap afrobeats (think the egyptian J Hus) 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Don’t stop. My first couple demos were DEAD. And i sent them to my mate who is a big house and electro DJ and he was super supportive and loving and just said carry on mate, this a journey and now you on it.

Don’t be too married to the idea you have of yourself but rather go with your gut about what feels right creatively. And let the music you make sync with the values you live your life by, so you are always aligned and you aren’t in some internal dilemma whilst trying to express your story and emotions.

DR T

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I used to party with Fiddy and Pharrell back when i was 15

I once spent the weekend on a billionaires yacht and couldn’t wait to leave

I have had sex on stage at TG infront of 200 people

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

My wish is to try and show youngers out there that there is a very different path to success, and whilst I am the anomaly, music is a powerful tool to connect with different communities and tribes and maybe we can get to a world where music helps empower and lift up young men and women of color. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I think working in medicine, and growing up with Egyptian christian parents where we have our own ‘cancel culture’ and i was very deviant from day 1 means I have always had to worry about it. Nonetheless, the thing I find so liberating about music is the chance to tell a story, in a playful, kinky and slightly inflammatory manner and its all good. Its a very welcoming space, where eccentricity is part of being an artist. 

Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not? 

Haha! I do like a conspiracy theory. My sister is an associate professor of Middle Eastern politics (she is the smart one) and when she does interviews for big news channels they often cut her off cos she gets too rogue with her theories!

What was the worst experience on stage?

I know this aint what you mean but i once gave a talk to an audience of 2000 academics on rare diseases and my slides got all messed up. Took a breath and winged it with a few jokes, must be the performer in me. Had HUGE sweat patches when i came off stage though 

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Despite my bravado, I am super sensitive, I think it is a part of being neurodivergent, so I often want to ensure that what I have done or said hasn’t upset or offended others. People pleaser of sorts

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

My first single was released on 9th Feb and I have a 12 track release schedule for the next 12 months (1 single a month). Single No3 – One More TIme will have a killer music video and a house remix with my close friends and DJ’s HANI (from Stockholm). Then planning some features on a couple Lagos based afrobeats artists. Then comes the slightly harder storytelling with 12 years in the NHS and 7 times (suicide in black and ethnic minority heatlhcare workers). 

I want to commit to putting my music and my story out there in 2024 and hopefully an album in the second quarter of 2025.

We have noticed a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) . Why do you think that is?

I think Twitter has had a lot of ups and downs since it was taken over by Musk, its also a strange medium that was primarily political. I don’t love twitter apart from the random naughty accounts you sometimes find linked to peoples dating profiles 🙂

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

My first debut single, Lie all the time, is a cheeky afrobeats banger. I have a great producer I work with called Lord Knowz who cooks up some epic beats. We work super well together and Lie all the Time was maybe the 7th or 8th track we made. Very easy listening, kind of a track you wanna bang in the car with your mates on the way to a party but also demonstrates a little about who i am, my story as well as singing and rapping in Arabic and French alongside English.

What was the recording process like?

Very calm. I have a home studio, so me and LK do these 3-4 hour sessions. We often work on the hook or chorus first and once that is done I write the bars for the verses. In this song, the second half of the first verse was initially a rap but we switched it up to singing to make the lyrics sound even more comedic. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

You have to trust your gut, your instinct, your internal compass. Creativity is not a science (at least for me), it’s this energy and whilst my instinct is to try and be scientific or methodical with everything (that’s my nature) with music I have learnt to create the right environment, trust in the process and not be too focused on refining and repeating. Accepting that a piece of creative work is often far more honest and engaging when it hasn’t been ‘overproduced’

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nein

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Love. All we need to heal this world is less drama, less anger, less hate and less othering. Just love – that will fix us 

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