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INTERVIEW: Jaafar

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

I’ve been great thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Yara”?

It’s an upbeat song with a summer feel. Musically it’s a fusion of western pop song writing with more “world” sounds. It’s one of my favorite songs that I wrote for my upcoming album.

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

I guess at the core of it’s a love song. Actually, it’s more a declaration of love song. It’s a song about being into someone new and all that entails… and yes, it was inspired by a real life situation.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! It’s out now. You can check it out on my YouTube channel.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing Yara was actually pretty painless. It all came together very quickly, especially

the writing part. We took some time producing the song in the studio and experimenting with different sounds. Even where production is concerned though, it was definitely one of the quicker and less painful songs on the album.

What’s been like to work with Jonathan Fuzessy and Iker Gastaminza and how did that relationship develop?

Really organically. Both Johnny and Iker played in my touring band while I was living in Miami. I was introduced to them by a session player who I used to record with. Johnny and I started writing music together and the rest is history really. They’ve both been really helpfully and lots of fun to work with. I love those guys.

How has The Police and Peter Gabriel influence writing?

I’m hugely inspired by both of them… amongst many other artists. I think a musical artist is a product of who they listen to and who they’ve grown up listening to.

How has your upbringing influence your music?

I remember some of the records my parents used to listen to. My mom loved Cat Stevens. My dad was a big Rai music fan. That shaped me as a musician. I remember when sting released Desert Rose with Cheb Mami, who is an Algerian Rai singer. That’s how I got introduced to rock’n roll. Not through the radio… when I was growing up English radio wasn’t really a thing in Jordan.

After the success of your previous single – were you any nervous while working on this new track?

No, I’d say I was more exited than nervous.

How’s your new album coming along?

Great, it’s almost done. Just some mixing left to do. Hopefully it will be released early this summer.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! This summer after the album is released. We’re planning the tour now but it will probably be a mixture of Middle Eastern, North African and European tour dates.

What else is happening next in Jaafar’s world?

Gearing up to release the album and hit the road. I can’t wait to be back on stage!

Watch: Jaafar – ‘Sixteen’

Watch: Jaafar – ‘Yara’

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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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