We speak to Saad to know more:
Yes, I am self-taught. It all started at my high school after-school program. We had Basketball, singing, Football, Table Tennis, Swimming, Chess and the list goes on. I was interested in Basketball and Football, but I only got into one. The only other class with an empty slot was singing, I felt silly but my teacher encouraged me to perform, I fell in love with music and the stage and I never stopped.
I would say Drake, because I do both singing and rapping. We are both similar in the sense that we don't have the typical packaging of a rapper.
Drake, Chris brown, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, Jeremiah . This is like asking a kid to choose between their parents, they all have so much significance to me as an artist.
Drake for sure! He has managed to constantly evolve as an artist and keep things fresh, which is a lot tougher than it sounds.
My Best gig would probably be Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Beats by the Beach - it gave me a taste of the big stage and I have stayed hungry ever since. I also enjoyed my private events at the Fridge, intimate settings are great, you get to know your audience a little.
A manager of an artist for sure, I would not be able to stay away from the music scene.
My idea of perfect happiness would probably be finishing up a record and having my best friend and brother give it a listen, who is also my official DJ. There is nothing sweeter than the sound of music that you are proud of.
My greatest fear used to be not graduating high school or university, so I always kept my head down and studied. My education was important to me, because so many people do not get the opportunities that I was given and it helps me enhance my music. Making good music requires focus and rap requires structure at intellect, I was lucky enough to sharpen these tools through my education. Right now, I would not call it a fear but my biggest concern is missing opportunities that will help me develop my career in the music industry. It's like an exciting fear or driver that keeps me motivated to work hard. My mission is to show the world that people in the Middle East region have so much to offer the music industry, I guess my biggest fear is failing to leave my mark in that sense.
Probably a lack of confidence. Sometimes I question if other people will like my music. I am not shy on stage and I know good music, but it is important to me that people enjoy what I create as much as I do. Sometimes this creates issues for me creatively, but with each day I am learning to become a more independent artist.
In the creative industry, you will always find people who support you when it is convenient for them. It doesn't bother me too much, rather than deplore others - I value honesty and loyalty. If I make it big or I stay organic, I will always remember who really supported me - even when it was tough or I was still learning.
In the music industry, probably being overly cautious. In this industry, you need to take risks every day in different measures. Having enough courage to believe in yourself is a risk itself.
April fools I guess, I can't resist a good prank.
Sometimes I panic in tough situations, I can be a bit of a cynic.
I don't despise any musicians, it takes a lot of courage to be a performer. I feel like every artist has their own way in sending out a message. More importantly audiences are so diverse, people have different ways of interpreting music and it is important that there is something for everyone. I respect all artists and musicians.
Some of my slang carries over from texting, so I catch myself saying Obviously, I told you and haha a lot.
I'm happy now, I have so much to be grateful for - my family, my friends, my health, for this interview I'm doing with City Times, I appreciate the support of local talent. This beautiful city makes me happy- I've been in Dubai for 18 years and I learnt a lot living here. As tough as things can be as a musician, I am lucky that I am doing what I love.
I rap and sing but apart from mastering these talents; I wish I was talented at reading people. I would love to see how my music or how music in general really impacts people.
Probably staying positive. You hear people say "believe in yourself" so often, but nobody ever talks about how challenging that can be, it is something I work on every day.
I still can't believe my first ever single hit 30K views on YouTube. Dropping 2 other singles in just 6 months was also something I am proud of.
My car, mainly because I drive well in the desert and it's something I really enjoy - which may sound like an odd achievement but if you're from the region, you'd get it.
Marketing things that I believe in, in my case marketing my music.
That they show up. People underestimate the weight of someone's presence so much. Their support and willingness to stick around when things aren't always easy is what I value most.
Formula 1 DU Arena concerts is my next goal. But in the long run I would love to perform for people of influence and artists that I admire, whether that is in Madison sq. or in a closet, doesn't matter to me.
I would love to perform with Drake and Chris Brown, being on stage with that much creativity and fun would be a rush.
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