Can you talk to us more about your latest remix for “Abu Dabbin”?
Yes. Its a spin off from the original version. SOS Music and myself were both getting played on ‘Radio One Dubai’ – and that’s how we heard of each other. I was in the UK at the time and I put together the beat and the chorus, and sent it to the SOS boys who laid their magic. After the success of the original, we knew we has to do a remix. You have to remember, nothing like that has come pout of Dubai before.
The remix was a natural progression. Chip got involved by first hearing the original, having a previous relationship with SOS and wanting to jump on the remix. Red Café – he was on a business trip to Dubai and was approached to get involved with the remix and hee was up for it. The rest is history as they say.
Production wise, I changed up the remix to give it a different feel sonically to accommodate the diverse personalities and rapping styles of all those involved.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes, I knew I was moving to Dubai for a while on a few music projects, so I was in a ‘Abu Dhabi’ mindset. The idea came with a play on words with ‘Dabbin’ and ‘Abu Dhabbi’ and Dubai. As a lyricist, this was just bread and butter of what I do. The tune was sounding nice, so I reached out to SOS Music to get involved.
How was the film experience?
I have been involved with quite a few videos. I like this particular one because it was outside my comfort zone. It was a different environment from the UK. Shooting in the desert, yachts, expensive mansions and the use of million pound cars as props. It was like a P Diddy video. (joke)
How was the recording and writing process?
In terms of the original, I actually recorded the SOS boys In Dubai. With the remix, Chip and Red Cafe are Vets. I just sent them the beat/instrumental and they sent me the vocals back. The SOS boys also recorded their vocals independent of me. I then had to unravel all the vocals and arrange both politically and aesthetically. I even took my verse off because it would have made the tune too long. But everyone was happy with the end result.
What was it like to work with SOS and how did that relationship develop?
Ahhh! Those guys are brothers away from home. It was great working with SOS boys. We also have another big tune together called ‘Night & Day’, which SOS will be releasing in the summer.
Does the remix means we can expect a new original or remix album – how’s that coming along?
Haha! No more remixes of ‘Abu Dabbin’. Outside of production projects, I am working on new original material, well I have a catalogue of new music, but I am taking it one single at a time at the moment. My next release is a Big tune called ‘Make It Right’. The visuals are shot in London and Jordan. The audio and visuals are story based as against ‘Abu Dabbin’ being performance based.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The plan is to release it in May.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. Im headling a event in the Notting Hill Arts Club at the end of April and lining up a few other events in between music projects.
What else is happening next in Ayo Beatz’s world?
My world is currently kind of crazy and hectic. I know its a common thing to say, but I live, breathe and eat music at the moment. Music projects and club tour performances around the Middle East, shooting visuals, writing and recording with my people for our label. I’m also plannung to hit LA later this year for my next new little adventure.
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