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INTERVIEW: Emad Alaeddin

Hi Emad, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really good! Living in sunny SoCal with my Boston Terrier and Frenchie so I can’t complain!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All My Lovin”?

It’s the first single off of my upcoming full-length album set for release this fall; it also happens to be the oldest song on the album.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote All My Lovin back in 2002, in my mother’s basement. I was insanely single at the time as I was focusing on the start of my music career but I remember daydreaming about what it would be like to be totally crazy about someone. I used to sit with my guitar and noodle some chords together. But this one was fun cause I remember consciously playing the chord progressions in verse twice as long as I would for the chorus. And doing such really helped tie the two parts together.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

My cousin happens to be a very talented film maker so that is definitely in the pipeline.

The single comes off your new album Love, Loss & The In Between – what’s the story behind the title?

My past two years has been met with the loss of a family company which forced me to move back to the States and start all over again. Post trauma doesn’t begin to explain what I went through. I was the drive home DJ on one of the biggest radio shows, I had two videos featured on MTV Arabia and had a two page spread on Rolling Stone. To leave all that behind along with my loved ones was tough. But recording this album has helped me bounce back emotionally and phsychologicaly. I’m in a very stable and strong place and I feel like I can accomplish anything on my own. This In-between phase that I’m in is the equilibrium that I’ve never been able to achieve before but it’s because of my losses I’ve been able to find my new independent state of mind.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was hell haha. My crowdfunder was successful and managed to help pay half my rent for the 6 months that I needed to write, record, mix, and master the album. I’m so grateful for that but I needed to work during the day selling cars to keep a roof over my head. I would come home at night completely exhausted but out of a sense of duty to my fans that helped get my album funded I labored til 2am every night until I had a final product. Joe Turner, a good friend and amazing drummer, lent his talents on the drums but everything else you hear on the album is myself. I’d mixed and mastered smaller projects before but I never fathomed mixing an entire album in such a short period of time.

What led you to blend your country’s traditional sounds with American modern music?

My father used to drive us around on Friday afternoons in his black cadillac and we would listen to the Arabic greats like Fairuz and our mother would play us such rock legends like The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac during the week when my father was working. Palestinian music is very emotional yet very hopeful and these minor keys that the melodies would dance on rang very true with my very shy personality. Playing the guitar naturally inclined me to play more of a western style instrumentally but I never let go of those melancholic melodies I’d grown up loving.

What role does your Arabian heritage play in your music?

Three quarters of my blood is Palestinian and the final quarter is German; and living in the Middle East for about 2/3 of my life has made Arabic culture a part of who I am. But being raised by an American mother has ensured that both cultures have impacted my music almost equally.

What aspects of your life do you get to explore with this album?

The album is a journey that spans the life and death of a relationship and is very real and personal to me. All My Lovin is track two on the album as it illustrates the early stages of love but the latter parts of the album have a darker yet still hopeful tone to them. On Face the Fight (the middle track on the album) I touch on the injustice that happened to my family that caused us to lose everything but each other.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll be doing a 4 country European tour starting September 30; I’ll be performing in such countries as England, Denmark, and Germany

What else is happening next in Emad Alaeddin’s world?

Mainly focusing on my upcoming tour which has been all self managed and promoted with help coming from some really amazing fans oversees. I’m sleeping on some couches here and performing some boats there. Actually the official album release party will take place on a floating pub in London in October. I’m pretty excited about that.

Also I’m producing a podcast that tells stories of families victimized by corruption; wanna take a crack at which family will be featured in season 1? It’s actually pretty exciting because we have two more families already lined up for the next seasons. I’m not looking to change the world but I want to shed light on some real issues that have been very real to me. Naturally, Face the Fight will be the theme song for the podcast.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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