Hadi has raised the tempo for his new release ‘LOUDER’ and we were lucky enough to chat to him about all things music. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you get into the music scene and what are your first memories of music?
I started playing guitar firstly and then I picked up singing a few years after. My first memory of music is that I used to buy tapes and “listening to music” was an activity to me, rather than just letting it be something that happens in the background. I still can’t work while listening to music. Even though in truth I am listening to music right now while answering this! #NewYearNewMe
You most likely have a very busy schedule – how do you stay focused?
I really like being busy doing the stuff I love. One of my favorite things about music is that as soon as it became a part of my life it was like a rush that just gave me a sense of purpose and that has given me drive. I always take a moment to be grateful for having a medium to express myself and to pour my heart into. I’m very driven to keep creating, expressing, to tell stories and to do really inspiring things.
I think that I stay focused because I lock myself into things and compartmentalize things in my head. I just set targets for myself and go after getting things done. I also learned pretty quick that I get “soul tired” when I’m not doing things that involve authentically speaking my truth and creating. Music is not just about writing songs and playing them, there are so many layers to it and I think that being focused, at least in my case, has come as a byproduct of love and realizing that this will only grow if I give it the attention and love it requires to grow.
You’ve just released “Louder” – tell us a bit about it
LOUDER is one of those songs that just kinda happened. I don’t remember writing it. What that usually means is that I was so lost in creating it that I was in a different place. I love it when that happens, because you can’t fake it. LOUDER has two layers of meaning to me, in one way it is about a couple who have fought and have said something things they didn’t mean in the heat of the moment, and while being upset all they both want to do is just reach out for each other. And in another way the chorus works towards that but it also works like a mantra for me “Can’t stop the voices in our heads but we can be louder”. These are just words that I live by. We all have voices in our heads telling us what we cannot do and trying to sneak doubt in, but if we tune in to that clarity we can hear our truth and find a place where we can stand on our own feet and honor who we are.
How do you remain innovative in terms of creating new sounds?
I’d probably attribute this to the fact that I’m always listening to the latest songs and getting inspired by what’s out there (old and new). I’m inspired by a bunch of different things so I proactively try to keep myself surrounding by an environment that allows me to soak in good vibes and energies that take me places creatively. It’s a fine balance of song craft and speaking the language of the technologies you’re using to telling your stories. Songwriting and production feels a bit like being out at sea, it’s always an adventure and you just gotta trust your gut and the song with where it wants to go.
Can you tell us more about your plans for the next few months? Do you have any new productions or collaborations that you can mention?
I just opened for Tom Odell on March 12th and my upcoming show is at Club Social in Yas Island on March 29th with Bastille headlining. Really excited by this and my plan for this year is to play shows around the region and I’ve set a goal to go tour Europe and Asia opening for an international act. So this is me publicly putting it out there for the universe (and everyone else) to hear!
I’ve also got a few songs in the works, my next release will be in late April. Really looking forward to putting out the next song, it’s got a really cool vibe and I’ve played it live and people seem to really connect with it.
I’m working on a collaboration with Shaun Warner who I’ve collabed with before on a song titled “Stay”. I’m also part of a really cool project titled Bel Sodfa by Red Bull which brings together two artists who have never met and sets them up in the studio to write and record a song in one day. The episode airs on March 26th, be sure to check it out.
What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home?
I listen to a lot of genres. Everything from pop, indie, to rock and some metal as well. If it makes me feel something, I’ll listen to it! The artists that never leave my playlist are Coldplay, John Mayer, and most recently The Chainsmokers.
Can you please share one piece of advice you would give to any up and coming musicians?
Take time to get to know who you are as an artist. There’s a lot of noise out there and it’s easy to get caught up with trying to compete and react. Work hard, put in the time and effort, don’t be afraid of change but stay true to yourself.
And most of all, make mistakes and wear them like a badge of honor. Nothing good happens in the comfort zone, so get out there and go after what you want to create for you in your life.
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