ARTIST NAME: Nadiem
SONG TITLE: Venom
GENRE: Hip-Hop / Rap
As a hip-hop artist, Nadiem strives to defeat the social norms that have been placed against him and others.
His bold personality enables him to take his supporters inside his private life, giving them a taste of what he experiences daily.
His love for music gives him the ability to create fun, yet meaningful content that he hopes will inspire his supporters.
June 16th, 2018, Nadiem released his debuting EP titled “Exception” which aimed to make a statement in the modern era of constant oppression while also providing him with a chance to display his internal struggles.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently attending Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Psychology.
During his time there he has released various singles, including “Venom” and a project he worked directly with the University titled “60k.”
Discuss your music career.
I’ve been working on music for about two years. It started as a simple hobby in high school, but I began taking it very seriously throughout my college career.
I majored in Music Production and Psychology at Ohio State University, where I aimed to find a way to better engage my listeners.
I grew up in an Arabic household, which led to not many people believing I could become a successful hip-hop artist.
I used that as motivation, ultimately bringing awareness to stereotypes and misconceptions in all areas, whether that is gender inequality or race or religion, etc.
My music is meaningful, but it is super catchy and fun as well.
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
I love performing. The best way to impress the fans watching you is to keep them interacting. Involve them. Make them feel like they are a part of the show. Who doesn’t like to feel valued and be a part of something?
List the names of your biggest supporters.
Alaadeen Bajes (Friend)
Desi Alexander (Comedian)
Talip Casperks (Videographer)
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
I strive off of critique and judgment. I love when someone challenges me and assumes something of me, I cannot do something. That ties in with me advocating for social justice in the community. I want to create change in this world. That is my main goal.
Discuss your experience as an artist.
I’ve met so many amazing individuals on my journey as an artist. From producers, other artists, to fans, I’m so grateful for them all. I have many obstacles during the up-and-coming stage, but the fans make it worth it. When you have people coming up to you telling people your music has changed their lives, it humbles you and makes you want to keep going.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
Expecting a handout – Remember that this is a business, and everyone is trying to eat. Ask yourself what you can offer the individual you’re trying to connect with. Everyone in the music business worked hard to get where they’re at. What makes you different?
Discuss the story behind the song.
This came after my Exception EP. I received a lot of fake friends after my name started becoming known. I started losing myself. I created this song to just express a bit of my angry side, telling people I cannot always trust you and have to watch who I let inside my circle.
Tell us how to fund a music project.
You’re not going to be a famous musician overnight. Find other ways to fund yourself.
I worked three jobs before I could survive off of music even at the slightest level.
One of the best things to do in this business is to network. You have to know people. Find five people in your city that do something you like and offer to buy them lunch. Whether that is music production, video, songwriting, marketing, etc., when you build your connection’s list and build relationships with these people, they’ll want to invest in you, just as you invest in them.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
I think this is super important. I remember seeing a young female get trampled at a Post Malone concert and realized that more attention needs to be brought to this.
People should not be getting hurt for something they paid to go see.
Also, it is important to keep security high getting into shows – Especially after events such as the Ariana Grande’s incident.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Fern and Marty of Social Club Misfits – I went to their concert in April of 2018. They loved my story and were so attentive to what I was saying.
Fern looked at me and said, “Nadiem I really hope you make it. Take yourself there though. This is not an easy road.”
After that day I knew this was going to be an everlasting grind, which has helped me stay committed to working hard.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
That’s the thing. There’s always room for improvement. I will constantly be educating myself on different genres and markets.
We’re in a streaming music era, and although I do not want to blend in with the rest of the mainstream crowd, I want to ensure I’m doing what is needed to get my music heard. Sometimes that involves exploring new sounds to find yours.
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
I sing as well as rap. I do exercises with my team every two days. I try to not overdo it considering the number of shows I have to do in a given month.
I mellow out sometimes so I can be as dynamic as possible when recording.
Also, take care of your body. Sleep and proper nutrition do a lot!
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
I’m very energetic on stage. Getting the crowd involved and making sure they have a great time. It’s a full workout for me. I have my own dance crew and choreography, so we try to put on a fun, spirited show.
List your best artists with reasons.
NF – We have a similar backstory – Easy to relate to him. Take that as you hear it.
Andy Mineo – He’s one of the most realest musicians I have ever listened to. He’s so true to himself and he puts out content that he is happy with (Example “I Ain’t Done”). His style is very unique, and I have been inspired by him in numerous ways.
Bryce Vine – I love his style! His music is so dynamic and easy to listen to. He is definitely a vibe. I’ve learned a lot by listening to him.
Discuss your existence as an artist.
I like that people know my name. “Aye Nadiem is in town let us go to his show” – That is an honor to me. I try and remain relevant, constantly giving people something to see, whether that be through music, one of my advocacy programs, or through my merch line.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
I think this society, especially in western culture, is filled with pride and lying. We all try to put on a persona and fill the listeners with BS because media is everywhere now. Stuff spreads so quickly. I think the solution is to just not get caught up in that.
Remain authentic and constructively criticize yourself and continue to grow, no matter what people think.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
I like being alone when I write my songs. Most of them are inspired by emotion, so I try to keep that energy in the room when I’m creating.
However, I love working with people. You never know what someone else will have to say, so always be willing to listen!
I record in various places, mostly at Oranjudio Studios in Columbus, Ohio.
I like working with engineers that know me, but always willing to work with others as well.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My artist name is literally my first name “Nadiem” (Pronounced “Nuh-Deem”).
I decided to keep it that way because there are not many Arab-American rappers. I’m aiming to make a statement. When my parents named me, they did so with purpose. Nadiem means “A good person” and that’s what I am, just trying to show the world you can be anything you set your mind to.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Title – Venom
Inspired by the marvel villain – It shows the dark side of an individual.