It first started in a maths class. As soon as I understood the lesson, I spent the rest of the time songwriting.The teacher would end the class early and ask me to perform for my classmates. I’ve since taken it a bit further than maths class.
I’m really inspired by Lauv, Russ, KYLE and Chance the Rapper.
I’m proudest of the messages that I get from fans every day. Fans have proposed to their loved ones using my song Khayali. Others tell me how Me Against the World helped them heal through trauma, and how Walad Nas changed their perspective.
Khayali, Rayeh and my latest single Sushi. If you listen to them in order, they take you through different stages of love.
I recently recorded a song with Amy Roko. I’m also in talks to work with Freek.
The Emerging Talent Competition helped me build on my familiarity with the stage. It is also where I met Ghaliaa during the process, who I collaborated with on Clean Sheets, so it has had quite an impact on my music career both in confidence and my network.
It is an opportunity to bring A-pop (Arabic pop) to the forefront. What K-pop is to Korea, A-pop is to the Arab world. It’s the sound I’m creating and championing. I am excited to show my fans, and a new audience, the music that I am creating.
I don’t really have one. I basically have a ‘one-song’ playlists, where I find one song that I like, listen to it 237 times, then move on to the next gem I come across."