Saturday, July 20, 2019

Quest for originality

Na Der walks us through his evolution as a producer. The down-tempo, ambient and world fusion producer has won honors for his album Seascapes from Global Music Awards. He shares with BTW his inspiration and challenges.

Tell us briefly about yourself. Where you were born, your educational background and so on.

I was born in Bahrain. I studied at the University of Bahrain and my specialization was in Business Administration. Recently when I got into electronic music I really liked German producer Chris Zippel and I think he has given major inspiration to me.

Tell us about your passion for music. Where did it all start and how?

The passion for music started when I was really young. Even from the early days of school. I guess I was born with that. Out of the toys we used to get at home I got a keyboard once. I used to hear things and then try to play them. When I graduated from intermediate school I had a guitar as my graduation gift and I started learning through books and videos. And the guitar being my companion I fell in love with it when I was in school.

I loved rock music at that time and so I got it as a gift from my mom for my graduation. When I decided to produce original music, I was always thinking I have to do something different. I shouldn’t produce something that’s already there in the scene.

Then I thought, I love the guitar although I’m not like a rock guitarist nor play really fast. I don’t do that. I saw that the guitar can be used in other ways. I thought I would use guitars in ambient music and that’s how it happened.

What was the journey like for you musically?

When I first brought the guitar I used to like rock music and so that time was a rock period in my life. I used to listen to pop as well. When I got into the university it was like the phase of Gypsy Kings and flamenco. In the university, we as a university band, played at concerts songs by Gypsy Kings.

After sometime, I felt like ok “maybe I have played enough copying others and playing covers”. Then I thought I have to, because I love music so much i thought I could make it my main thing and make a living doing it. I started working on an album and it was something between pop and world music.

I was working on it for a long time. After that I got exposed to world music, Irish, Indian and Pakistani music. I used to listen to many different styles in addition to the pop and rap we listen to all the time.

After that I got exposed to electronic and I found that there are so many genres and sub-genres. I saw that there was ambient and chillout. I didn’t expect such categories were there for someone to specialize in that kind of music.

Who has been your inspiration?

I used to love watching movies and I loved music for films. I used to like compositions by French musician Eric Serra and I used to like Peter Gabriel, Sting and U2. These were my main inspirations.

Tell us about the significance of music in your life?

I feel like music is a major part of me and my life. I can’t call a day complete without music. It changes my mood or keeps me at a particular one or one which I want to be in.

What have been some of the major challenges of your life?

Musicians face many challenges in life. I just started recently to perform. Maybe finding the right places to perform in and start making money out of the music are some of the bigger ones.

Do you feel a formal training is essential to pursue music composition?

I don’t think so. Not in the formal way like you go to a music school because I didn’t do that. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do any kind of training. You can say I’m self taught, watching YouTube and resources there are so much you can learn from. I don’t think formal training isn’t that important. Passion is the main thing and then you can train yourself by learning from friends and the Internet.

Tell us about your live performances and have you played outside Bahrain?

A live performance I did so far was at Block 338. It had a wonderful crowd with people who love art. I believe my kind of music is fairly new to Bahrain. They are happy to hear new stuff. Other places were Argan Village and the opening of the Cup of Art cafe. I’m starting now and I need to make more music. I haven’t performed out of Bahrain yet but it would be nice for people to know what Bahrain has to offer.

What is your message to the aspiring artists of Bahrain?

My message for inspiring artists is to do what you love. Try to come up with new stuff. We have many wonderful talents such as guitarists, drummers and those playing other instruments. Try to do something new and don’t let anything stop you. We also need to support and help each other.

What kind of help or support do you need to reach your goal?

We, as musicians, spend a lot of time… a lot than most people think to produce what they listen to. The support I am looking for honestly is the support of the audience or the people to appreciate what we are doing and at least buy our stuff. This is the biggest support me as a musician can ask for.

The Ministry of Culture could see what kind of musicians we have in Bahrain and try to promote us outside. To recommend us to some other festivals would be a really good help for us as musicians.

MOST READ

Mohamed Al Hamer – Gulf Air Appoints Its Youngest Bahraini Country Manager

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it has appointed Mr. Mohamed Al Hamer as a country manager for...

Brazil aims to develop tourism and economy through BRAVE CF

A delegation from the Brazil government travelled to Bahrain last week to help close a long-term deal with BRAVE Combat Federation for the Bahraini...

Varicose Veins by Dr. Bashar A. Saleh

What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles....

Science Fests in the UAE go beyond Science to Immersive Learning

Schools Build “Classroom of The Future” with Immersive Learning Experience rooted in Science. The recent “Hope” to Mars has raised new hopes of transformation at...

Jaguar Land Rover Bahrain Marketing Wins Four Retail Marketing Awards at the 2018/19 Jaguar Land Rover MENA Retail Marketing Awards

Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover strongly positioned itself as the leading marketing specialist by once again receiving multiple awards at the acclaimed 2018/2019 Jaguar...

Standard Chartered announces exclusive discounts in association with VIVA and Talabat

Standard Chartered VIVA Credit card holders can enjoy 75% off on their Talabat orders. Standard Chartered and VIVA recently announced the exclusive offer of 75%...

Global Top Sales Consultant Club 2019

Hyundai honored Hyundai's best sales staff under the title Global Top Sales Consultant Club 2019 for all its distributors worldwide, with a trip to...

Farmers’ Market at Saar Mall

It is difficult for the Bahraini farmers to sell their products in this hot season. Inspired by the concept of Budaiya’s Farmer’s Market, the...

Huawei Launches The Mate 20 X 5G Smartphone In Bahrain

Marking the start of the 5G era, HUAWEI’S highly anticipated Mate 20 X 5G has finally arrived in Bahrain and is now available for...

Genesis Is Top Brand For Second Consecutive Year In J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study

For the second year in a row, Genesis placed first in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) among all automotive brands....

Essential Oils and Their Benefits for Your Skin

Essential oils are a great way to improve the vitality and appearance of the skin. Many essential oils have natural properties that benefit skin...

Bahrain India Society Hosts BDB – The Entrepreneurs Bank

BDB, Bahrain Development Bank reveals the total amount of cumulative financing done by bank is BD 592 million since it commenced operations in 1992. Last...

Whindersson Nunes to attend BRAVE 24: LONDON

YouTuber and comedian Whindersson Nunes will attend the historic BRAVE 24: London event, on July 25th, as he will take his millions of followers...

Apply for Government Job Vacancies online

Looking for a job in the public sector? The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) brings you the opportunity to apply for government job vacancies...

Bahrain Red Crescent Society sends volunteers to a training camp in Italy

Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) sent a number of its volunteers to participate in the "Youth Camp for Relief and Humanitarian Work", which was...