Tell us, where do we find you this season? What projects are you currently working on?
I had a great year. I worked on the track "Vox and Chaos" in featuring with my friend PaxLab. This track was made for the "Spring" project developed by the ART-AK association. I also worked, as an MC this time, on the track called "Jingle FTP" (with Paxlab again and MC grow)that appears on the free downloadable net tape of the FTP Krew. Personally, i produced my second album "Moroccan UFO" in 2011, after the one called "Sad Cosmic Instruments" in 2009. I'm still working on new tracks for a new mixtape that will be released in 2012. I'm also producing hip hop instrumentals in feat with PaxLab for an underground tunisian hip hop crew called "Flow Diggaz" and for other bands too. Recently i met the BTR Gang, a video and design crew, and we're trying to work together in collaboration projects.
The Art.Ak movement brought Mediterranean artists, including yourself, a step closer to each other. What is the next step for you?
The next step is to really interconnect Mediterranean artists…to develop more international collaboration projects. Every one is welcome to work with us: beatmakers, Mc's, designers, singers, video crews….The purpose is to promote young artists and to make people work together and help them meet each other, and share culture.
The Internet is a very good way to spread your music, but it also creates an ocean of information where someone can easily get lost. Given these circumstances, what do you think is the best way to promote your music?
I think that the best way to promote music is to produce high quality tracks. If the people like your sounds, they'll share it. I don't want to spend all my time in promotion or on the social networks. It is essential but i am concentrated on music. Working in collaboration projects is also a good way to distribute promotion between artists.
You were born in Morocco, but you live in France. What do you consider the most important characteristic in each country regarding the music you make? In other words, what can you find in France, that you can't find in Morocco and vice versa?
Morocco and France are the two sides of my identity. It is global and the two cultures are mixed in my music. but if i had to separate them I think, as an african, that the moroccan heritage in my music is expressed by the grooves whereas the melodies are often more occidental, except for example the track called "Moros" in which the rhythm is more hip hop/jungle and the melody oriental. Today with internet and globalization, all cultures influences each others. i think that my music is modern electronic trip hop with moroccan roots.
One of the biggest clichés in music is artists stating that they are affected by their everyday life when writing music. Does this apply to you? What influences you during the process of music creation?
I can't say that i'm influenced by every day life. it is just the opposite. I make music to flee from every day life. i don't see myself as an "artist" but more like a "craftsman". i begin a project and let the music grow. Often i don't know where i'm going. I try something, then change it or mix it until the song decides, herself, the meaning it wants. I see songs as living and independent entities. My home studio is kind of a "lab" and creating music is an experience.
Have you ever quit writing a song because you couldn’t find the exact sound or the specific feeling you were looking for? And if yes, what happened to the song in the end?
Yes i know this situation that happens frequently. i try to make a song but the ideas aren't developed enough. Those projects are not songs but ideas. So, i put them in an idea folder and wait to work again on it.
Do you prefer to work with samples or natural instruments?
I work with samples. It helps me staying totally independent. sometimes i use my guitar, piano or traditional percussions but it completes my work with samples. It is also better for my neighbors ears.
Would you prefer a collaboration with a very well known artist but on a strictly professional level, or a collaboration with a totally unknown artist with whom your relationship is much closer, but with no chance to be heard by a broader audience?
The fact of being well known or unknown for an artist is not important for me. If the relationship between the artists is great, the result will be great. The visibility of the artists i work with doesn't matter. Often the most creative projects are made by independent artists…but everyone who wants to work with me is welcome.
In previous months, the world witnessed widespread political reaction in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya through a type of domino effect from country to country. How did people in your country react to this situation and what is your opinion on these events?
There were demonstrations for equal rights and justice in Morocco also, after Tunisia and Egypt. But it was peaceful. things are changing, we have a new constitution which is a new step to democracy. We'll see what is going to happen and how the country is going to change. Morocco is moving, slowly, but it is moving.
Any last word for Viberated and its readers?
Thanks a lot to all the Viberated team and particularly to my friend Monkey Bar. Great work. It is important to support Mediterranean artists as the area is full of independent and talented artists.
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