I’ve been blessed. It has been a roller coaster for the last 6 months and I’m just riding through it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summer in LA”?
“Summer in LA” is a dark record man. Felt like I had nothing and I was really going through it at the time. For some, people may perceive the title almost like a turn up, but for me, summer in LA is just the off season. LA can really distract you with everything that is going on.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was in a very I guess the best word to use is ” toxic ” relationship. When you’re in a relationship and trying to do something great, especially in a city like LA , there’s so much noise around you. Most people wanna see you lose, and the closest ones to you are afraid to lose you. That’s something that I really dealt with. I was definitely trying to find myself.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Unfortunately no, “SUMMER IN LA” really just the warm up.
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
I felt like it went perfect with the music, the tone I was setting, that dark vibe, especially since summer is coming to an end. I felt like this vibe was perfect for September.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was a roller coaster. Like I mentioned earlier, I was in a dark place and at the time I didn’t know what to expect but looking back this was my breakthrough. Writing is the only way I can escape and be me. Most people would say I suck at communicating because I’m to myself and in my lane, but writing is where I could really express myself.
What role does LA play in your music?
Los Angeles plays a huge role. One of my best friends Anthony Brown was drafted by the Lakers in 2015, and that’s when I really got to experience Los Angeles. I experienced everything from the night life to seeing the cut throat business aspect of it, the girls and the attention that brings, all that. I got to see what the city offered, and it changed my entire mental. LA is a different animal, not everyone can make it.
How your upbringing has influenced your writing?
My upbringing was everything. I was raised by a single mother who worked 3 jobs and took care of 4 kids. I was the baby in the family so you know how that goes. My mom passed away in 2009 and that sparked everything for me. There’s no silver lining when you lose your mom, your best friend, but after dealing with that music was the only thing I had and I knew no matter what would be there for me. So many people come and go in your life but when you have that passion to just write no one can take that away from you. And that’s all I had and still have.
Having gone through some hardship – how did this get to serve as a great source of inspiration for this record?
The hardship that I went through influenced my music in a couple ways. I think the most impacting thing was the fact that I lost my mom at such an early age and I was alone and able to come out on top and win at life. I think once you get passed that, it makes everything seem easier and obtainable. Trying to actually make an impact in the music industry isn’t easy but when you’ve gone through so many battles, and won, it makes it feel so much so much reachable and I want my story to inspire.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My inspirations really come from 3 things: the loss of my mother, the tough break up I just went though and just being Arab and incorporating my culture into the music.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m actually doing my first show since dropping SUMMER IN LA on September 27th hosted by homegrown radio and chuckdizzle from 92.3 . After that we’ll see what’s next.
What else is happening next in LASO’s world?
Well a lot of fans were disappointed because SUMMER IN LA was only 3 tracks, but I’m actually getting prepared to release my first album. Stay tuned for details.