A: I’ve been living in the UAE, Dubai, for 8 years now. The UAE and specifically Dubai has an incredibly diverse culture and is predominantly where East meets West. I moved to Dubai from the USA and didn’t find it difficult to adapt. There are certain ‘new’ rules that you learn to adhere to but the city is by far the safest place I have ever lived in, and apart from the 4 scorching summer months, the weather year round is quite nice. Also the city itself is fascinating on every level. It is truly an ‘Emerald City’ with its futuristic and creative architecture. From the tallest skyscrapers that overlook all of Dubai to the world’s largest malls containing attractions like aquariums and ski slopes, this city is a wonder and it’s been another amazing journey in my life living here.
A: Honestly, I feel like I have come a long way in my life, mostly by working extremely hard, but I also consider myself blessed on many levels. This song, ‘Our Home’ has pushed me harder than anything I have ever done. It was meant to fail on so many levels but I never gave up on it. Firstly it’s a huge project for 1 person to take on financially and physically. It’s such an important concept to me so it was either giving it complete justice or not doing it at all. Most people couldn’t understand why I would want to do a song promoting world peace and compassion. It already started with big complications when I couldn’t find a music producer for the song and it took so long to find JaiC as well.
What I love most about this project is that the song gives the listeners a chance to engage in charity while getting something in return; buying a song. I get to create my art project and the less fortunate get all the proceeds donated to them. It’s a triple win situation!
A: Being an independent artist means having to finance and do everything on my own. I have an 8-5 job, which is what pays for everything, but then I have my band which I manage every aspect of, I write, compose and coproduce all my songs, write my music videos and manage the whole project including wardrobe, stylists, makeup artists, cast, equipment, locations and eventually co directing and co editing the entire project. It takes a lot dedication and hard work.
As a philanthropist, I like to use my pen and music to discuss social topics. Nothing has the ability to touch people as much as music, but songs like ‘Our Home’ are not commercial enough to get radio airplay or be released under a label. I’m still extremely lucky though, to be able to create my art without backing from anyone when there is so much talent out there that will never see the light.