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Interview with Music Producer Ahmed Almusawi

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When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?

I started experimenting with recording at a young age with some friends who shared the same interest. And in 1997 I got my first computer and experimented with recording and me since then I couldn’t stop!

A year after high school graduation I decided that I would be a full-time music composer and by that time there were none at all who had this as a fulltime job in my country that I know of.

To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?

I actually do multiple genres and I’m not cornered by one or 2 genres because basically I think music in every genre has something special and beautiful and interesting and I don’t mind exploring that aspect.

However, the most genre I’m currently working in is cinematic music style in general and I also do work on vocal harmony choir-like type of music, which is spiritual in nature, beside the Khaliji pop genre in general.

That’s said, I don’t follow the style of one person and I try to create my own style or color at least and whenever I listen to a music track or song I rather not know who did this to not fall in the trap of the “brand name”.

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On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?

My current project is currently with Akkasa films, the director of Akkasa Mustafa Adil usually has a specific approach in the music and this time the approach is unique because we are working on several genres of music pieces and we are trying to infuse the Omani Folk music into them somehow.

The concept of infusing 2 unrelated styles of music is tricky and I came up with a technique that allows me to freely do that and get great results. And I posted a demo a short while ago on youtube and Instagram of this concept and people seem to like it and their reaction was positive.

What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?

I always try to give all clients a 120% effort, if it was a huge client or a beginner artist who want to create a demo because I do care about my reputation, and I always say to my self( it might be a small project for me but for the artist, it might be a lifetime project) so I have to keep that in mind!

However sometimes challenges accrue like the tight deadline, so I try to find solutions to overcome the tight deadline by pre-working or pre-preparation and always update my templates.

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Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?

I don’t think the word “the best” is for me to say. But my actions are clearly going towards that goal, but I can’t decide that my self because I feel if I thought that I am the best then I won’t update my self or try to go to the next level. And that in my opinion what kills an artist career.

What are your plans for the near future?

I recently opened a website/company that makes sounds packs for composers, DJs and musicians. Like loops and samples and so on. Recently I have been working on a Kontakt Sample library which I’m going to release very soon.

Its basically a library of Arabian percussion samples and the good part that it contains Samples of the percussion instruments of my country Sultanate of Oman, which were never made before. And also it contains instruments from countries like Saudi Arabia, Uae, Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, and Qatar. And these types of projects are mainly my future plans besides some other plans which I’m going to reveal in time.

Do you work on Arabian pop songs and with stars of your country?

The pop music scene is different in Oman and it wasn’t so good until lately and I’m planning to get back in the game again, however, I do have few songs with the Omani star Haitham Rafi, and he is the one who encouraged me to this come back.

Do you have any official releases?

Yes, I released some of my previous work on all major streaming and my main genre is obviously soundtracks.

Whats your take on the music scene of Oman?

I think it’s growing now very fast and people finally started to aim higher and there are many great artists out there which I do respect, like for example Wahab aldhanki, mohammed Almanji, Tariq Jalal is working very hard and it shows in their work beside many other names of course. and I see potential in a number of young artists as well.

How can fans find you?

My Instagram @ahmedalmusawi777

My youtube is www.youtube.com/ahmedalmusawi777

www.ahmedalmusawi.com

www.asamples.com

What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?

Work hard on your self and your music and teach what you learned and to younger generations. And make good music.


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