So September’s about to end and here we go again venturing into the new months upcoming expectations, and anticipations. Representing art was Khaled Al Najdi, the Kuwaiti artist from Augusts feature – for this months feature, I decided to represent someone who’s in a field in which we all can’t life without; music.
Dj Outlaw, one of Bahrain’s finest. A Dj, producer, and much more – He represents how a cliché business, university major student, can break the rules & rebel into the music industry. Checkout the one on one interview I had with him and If I thought that he was the thing to see in the fore coming future, you’d definitely agree and be randomly dancing to one of his tracks soon enough.
Horoscope sign: Aquarius
Most artist you’d want to collaborate with: Dr.Dre
Jordan’s or Nikes: Nikes
Q1. Dj Outlaw, the name it’s self triggers a bold statement. What does it mean?
Growing up, I was a big fan of Tupac and The Outlawz, so that’s where I got my name from! And 10 years after i had the pleasure to work with them.
Q2. Being in a middle eastern, or let’s say Arab country, how has the feedback towards your music, or the way you produce your music been like?
It took a long time before people started understanding what I do and started showing support. The idea of being a hip hop artist wasn’t taken seriously, mainly because hip hop music came from the west. In time, people started seeing how I make hip hop music fused with eastern elements, and they started understanding my goal of putting Bahrain on the international hip hop map. We came a long way, and I’ve been noticing a positive change in the feedback towards my music.
Q3. Samboosa, come give daddy a boosa ; The song you produced for Daffy, what was that all about? The name, the collaboration, the Kuwaiti reference? I must say, that for something Arab produced, you guys did nail the crispy ends of any girl’s samboosa…
Daffy is a Kuwaiti artist, so that’s where Kuwait comes in. As for the collaboration, we go way back, and Daffy is part of the OP family. We’ve been working together for a long time now. Samboosa was Daffy’s idea, which he then talked to me about. He came down to Bahrain, and we got in the studio and got to work! We produced the beat together, recorded then i mixed and mastered it and it was ready to go.
Q4. What do you think of the music scene here in the Middle East? Besides the RnB genre, what other genre do you wish to collaborate, or blend in your future productions?
In general, the music scene is improving, though some genres are doing better than others. In terms of hip hop and R&B, it depends on the country, but overall the scene is getting bigger but slow. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate different genres in my music, and we have plenty of talent around the region and in Bahrain within each genre! Electronic music though is definitely a genre I’ve been wanting to tap into for a few projects.
Q5. A very random question - Did you finish your university studies? If so, which major… If not, why?
I have a diploma in electronic engineering, which I never used in any job!
Q6. To wrap it up, exactly like a samboosa; hence the reference… What would you like to say to upcoming artists or Dj mixers or producers?
If this is your dream and you’re serious about it, then invest in it and believe in yourself, or else no one will! Hard work will pay off one day. Be consistent, keep learning, and master your craft.
Hope you enjoyed this months Musically attributed feature, stick around and stay tuned for the next Shabab Here & There.