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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SAUDI ARTIST OMAR BASAAD

What made you decide to become a soloist?

It’s the love I have for music since I was a kid 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

Since I was a kid I have tried playing the guitar while I had some old weird beat machine trying to make music I didn’t ace the guitar but I was keen on learning to program how recording works I started practicing. Until in the age of 17 I landed my first remix offer from a pop start called TARKAN and things started picking up until i had my first show and festival with Creamfields while in 2014 I got nominated in the MTV EMA as best middle east act. Things picked up while i landed to be the first gig in Tomorrowland as the first and only Saudi to play there. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Name me another artist like you in Saudi!

What’s the music scene like in Saudi?

There are a lot of talented people here it still growing the scene itself is diverse from people who love Arabic music or English in all genres. The scene is still developing like the Latin America boom I think the next sound would be defined and trendy from here.

What are your thoughts on the UK music scene?

I have studied in the UK Leeds! The UK is a huge influence to me and to the world as it plays a hugely critical role. You will always find UK influence somewhere around the world.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Naah

What useless party trick do you have? 

DO NOTHING  that was useless I guess

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

In one of my shows in Creamfields, it was my first big festival show with a big name I wasn’t playing the main stage but the tent was empty when I started playing music everyone showed up fill the stage with thousands of people dancing.

What was the worst experience on stage?

In one of my shows in Abu Dhabi the DJ set started acting funny we solved the problem yet another one occurred until the set got cut in half.



What makes you stand out as an artist?

I am a diverse artist as a producer I produce dance-pop.r&B pop/ pop and house I think that makes me different than others especially that I can bridge the Arabic influence sounds and melodies and the westerner 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

NOTHING! 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Right now iv been playing VINTAGE CULTURE – FREE a lot I love how the track has a message of uniting people and being free on a dance beat!

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

The album MINDCATION is out now and it has hit the top 2 USA on itune dance chart marking a historical moment a new milestone no one has ever broken. The album is diverse it has r&B pop pop and dance pop including a hip hop rave track not to mention a saudi future rave arabic track

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

It’s been fun to work on the album as I love collaborating with others and this has been interesting working with another talented artist around the world where we all coexist in a musical journey. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

That all ideas are amazing but sticking into the creative direction is important not to lose what was the vision.

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

Not at all

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I am dropping another project and some other singles. As we go back to the road

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

Let’s unite as music makes us unite into the dancefloor