Bahjat

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Bahjat, and I was born on the 24th of June 1995 in Tripoli, Libya. Growing up, I used to always be fascinated by the concept of creating something from nothing. When I was a child, I thought that I was going to grow up to be a painter or an animator at Disney, because I loved the idea of fictional characters that you feel like you know. I used to also play piano by ear, and as I grew up, my love for music kept on growing with me. When I was 13, my mother helped me get guitars lessons, and then I wrote my first song and ever since then, I have known what I want to do for the rest of my life.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I have been writing songs since I was 13, and I posted my first cover on YouTube when I was 15 years old. I stopped posting on YouTube for a few years to focus on developing my craft in songwriting, singing and production.

When I was young, my mother used to always put me to sleep to songs by The Beatles, Michael Jackson, ABBA, so when I started writing songs, my melodies and lyrics were intuitively pop.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

When I write, I never really think about the style or genre, I just write out of emotion and expression, and I feel like a lot of the times for me, it is about how the feeling would sound like if it could be heard.

“Say It” is a song I wrote about going through having feelings for someone, and them dropping hints but never actually admitting it to you. I had already been hurt before from being the one to always open up first, so when I went through the experience again, I couldn’t help but wish for her to say it first, because I knew she felt something back. Whenever we would be together, all I could think in my head was “say it.. I know you feel it too”, so then I went back home and as I always do, I wrote down everything I felt in a song, because that’s how I deal with my emotions.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

After I wrote the songs for the EP and made the rough demos for them, I was still in Malta. However, I knew that to get the right sound, I would need to go somewhere that has a similar music vibe to what I do. I reached out to over 50 producers mainly in Sweden and Germany, and the last person I spoke to was actually the guy I ended up traveling to meet. David Straaf, and his band mate Markus Videsater, are both incredible songwriters and producers, and they actually are 2 members of a metal band called Solence, so it was a very interesting combination.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Even though I have been writing songs for almost 10 years now, I have only really entered the music industry in 2016. I focused a lot on developing my business skills as much as my musical skills, to ensure that I am able to spread my music in the most effective way. My goal is to one day compete with the biggest artists in the world.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What inspires me to write is always a personal experience, or story that had a big effect on me. I write, compose and sing to really let the suppressed feelings out of my system, so it is a way for me to deal with my emotions more than anything else.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Write a song from the most honest place possible.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Be yourself. Embrace who you are and be your own best friend first. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way of doing anything, so do it as you would do it if no one was watching.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Put in all the hours you can put in. Get feedback from people who you trust, work on it, come back with other songs, take the feedback, and so on. Work on your networking, marketing and promotion skills and make sure that you are working harder than anyone who would ever work with you. Be the one to lead people, and be so fast that everyone would have a hard time catching up with you.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Being interviewed on Alarabiya TV is one of the highlights so far. Everyone in the Middle East and North Africa grew up with that channel on every morning. Having my song reach the top of the Bay Radio chart in Malta is also a highlight.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Bay Radio in Malta, Xfm, FChannel, TVM, Radio 101, Tripoli FM, Al Arabiya TV,  218TV, Times of Malta, Eve.com.mt, musicmusingandsuch, Ultimate Music, The Third Eye, My Life As A Human And As A Libyan and BroadTube Music.

Thank you for believing in my music from the very start, I will forever be grateful for your support.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It always starts out differently, sometimes I would be going through something and I would have something to say, so I start with a lyrical concept. Sometimes I would just be humming melodies on the piano or guitar and I start putting pieces together and the concept would come naturally from the emotion that was triggering the melodies.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I really like Taylor Swift, Lorde, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Sia. Let’s pretend that those are five and not six. Thanks.

I’m someone who listens to anything that touches me, so I listen to so many different artists and genres.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I would love to write a song with Lorde.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://www.instagram.com/bahjatmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/bahjatmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/bahjatofficial

https://twitter.com/BahjatMusic

http://www.bahjatmusic.com/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes https://goo.gl/DEp4b1

Spotify https://goo.gl/amoUqG

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I like to live life believing that happiness and sadness are not destinations or peaks, but they are cycles we go through in our everyday life that help us grow and develop and appreciate what we have around.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would first buy a house for my family, then pour the rest of it into developing my musical career. No second thoughts.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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