ONE SMALL SEED MAGAZINE Issue #28 Digital 03 - Page 40

I read in an interview you did with Spiegel that you’d like to play in countries that are less prejudiced against non-English singing bands, such as Eastern Europe, China, India, South Africa or Germany. How important is language in music when it comes to connecting with audiences? How much can be said without words? Music transcends all barriers and languages. Plus, being a band from the Arab world, we were adamant to have our lyrics, or rather our native language remaining intact. We can listen to a great hit from China and understand nothing, and that’s the same with listeners from various cultures who do not understand our words. Yet, we find that we can connect with remote audiences with the feel and the vibes that our songs give off instrumentally. Music is our universal language, Arabic is our first. Tell me more about your debut 180 Degrees? What was the biggest challenge making it? Our first album, 180 Degrees, as the name indicates, really emphasizes how we, as musicians, evolved throughout the process of making it. We were looking in one direction when we started our first project as Tanjaret Daghet in Syria. Our move to Beirut gave us a new outlook on our music and where it could go. The energy of the city and the detailed guidance from Raed El Khazen, our producer, helped us develop our project as it went 180 Degrees off its original course to what it is today. The biggest challenge was accepting the need to improve – to change and to let go – in order to connect with audiences across the globe. Another challenge we faced was the crucial need for us to remain focused on our music, in a time where our country was aflame. That intense motivation to get our message out there via peaceful means, such as music, was our driving force.