I have introduced you to the great Said Mrad in a previous post and since many followers have been listening to his music and enjoying it. Said is by far my favorite Arabic DJ. He is a genius with a great love for music. Interviewing him was a fantastic experience.
When I first contacted Said for an interview, he asked me if I had all his albums "do you have all my albums because if you do I will marry you" joking of course :) I replied "I have all five". He then replied "I have 6 albums!" then he sent me the album I did not have for free!
Said's personality is what makes him even a better musician. he is down to earth regardless of his fame...
Enjoy the interview ...
How are you doing today?
Today is like any ordinary day for me as long as I am doing the thing I like the most ... :music
You get introduced many times as a musician, a DJ, a remix artist ... etc. How do you describe yourself? Tell us who your Said Mrad is?
Well I am a person so much in love in music and you can call me whatever you like, but people know me as a DJ/producer and the inventor of the orient beats
If you were not a musician, what do you think you would have done in life?
An archeologist :)
Have you always worked as a musician? if not what were your previous jobs?
Yes,all my life:) since I was a kid in school
How did you decide to do what you do?
I guess I didn't decide!! I was shown the path :) and I just love music
Where do you think your largest fan base is located and why?
Well of course in the middle east and northern Africa,but as I am moving forward and doing gigs in Europe, I think have a huge fan base there
Many musicians are also singers. Have you ever thought about singing?
I don't like to be a singer, it's out of my mind
How do you think Arabs perceive your contribution to Arabic music?
Unfortunately not all the Arabs like what I do as a "remixer"!! and that's a shame! but most of them like it and that's what matters
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
My all albums
What's next for Said?
Music ,music and music
Do you feel that the economic crisis we experience has affected your job? if so, how?
It affected everybody but this will pass as people can't live without music
There are a lot of great Arab DJs that compose similar music to what you compose. So what do you contribute your success to?
I contribute my success to my fans everywhere
What do you like and dislike most about what you do?
I dislike the envy and the hate that I get from some other DJs
If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the music industry, what do you think it would be?
Downloading over the internet because it's killing the music industry
What does your family think about your career? do they listen to your music? do they support your career choice?
All the major support and my original success came from my family and especially my lovely wife
How do you get ready for gigs?
One glass of wine and I hit the decks
When you are not thinking about composing, what music do you like to listen to?
I am a fan of all kind of lovely music especially rock, blues and jazz
Are there any songs you have composed that you wished you have not?
All the songs are my babies
Do you have a family of your own today? if not, do you have any plans for a family?
I only have my lovely wife :)
How do you keep something as enjoyable as music and dance stay enjoyable when you do it for a living? Do you ever perceive it as just a "job" ?
I guess I am one of the luckiest people who don't consider their job a "job". It's a hobby that is making us money after all
How has your work changed within the last few years?
I became an international DJ
What's the side of you that the public never sees?
I am very open I don't hide anything!when you see me, you see all of me ...
Is there someone that you feel you owe a lot to for the success of your carrier?
My lovely and supportive wife and the producer of my first album Jean Mouawad
As an Arab, what are your reflections on the uprising around the Arab world?
I don't do politics,but I am with everybody's freedom to express themselves
Quick questions to get to know you better. one word answers:)
- Best quality in a person :personality
- Worst quality in a person :greed and envy
- Favorite place visited :kitchen/food court :)
- Most relaxing thing:the beach
- Hobbies:music,beach sports
- Favorite sport:basket ball
- Favorite color:blue
- Dogs or cats :both
- Favorite word :love
- married, single:married
- Mac or PC:mac
- Favorite food:pasta and pizza
- summer or winter:summer
- jeans or slacks :jeans
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