Dana Al Fardan
“My influences have been in a constant state of change – from classical music and musicals to classic rock and, in my university years, Eric Clapton, BB King and the Blues (Not a real shocker that I
named my daughter Layla).”
“This has been the most sporadic year of my life,” Dana Al Fardan says."I have experienced more changes this year than the whole of my life and it has been great! I decided to quit singing to work on my songwriting and to set up my label, DNA.” Singing was loads of fun but she realised that it was not what she wanted to do ultimately. “What's been great about this year was the fact that I got to work with different artists, be they vocalists singing my songs, or the composer I collaborated with on some songs, or the artists I signed to my label. Music for me is not a solitary domain. I feel it is difficult to grow as a musician when you are not interacting with other artists and feeding off their talent.”
Though the decision to set up a label was intimidating, Al Fardan was immovably certain that this was how she wanted her career in singing to progress. “I decided to take a couple of days off to figure things out.” Two days is a long time for the spontaneous Al Fardan but by the end of it she knew that this was the best way for her to transmit music, even if it wasn't her own.
“It was never about me, it was always about getting quality sounds and writing out there.” From thinking to doing was but a small step for her, and very soon she found herself signing the Ryan O'Reilly Band. “I have been a big fan since I was first sent a link to their music three years ago,” she says. And it is as simple as that when you are Dana Al Fardan.
Al Fardan is gleeful about the New Year because it means the realisation of one of her dearest dreams. “I have always wanted to hear my music represented by an orchestral arrangement, and we might be putting on a concert with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, who will be playing my composition.” She is tremendously excited about the event, both as a composer and a huge fan of classical music, a genre that has been the cornerstone of her inspiration. She has another emerging talent to manage, this one right at home. “My daughter appears to have a real passion for music (the word “passion” may be strong as she is only a year and a half ) and that has created a beautiful space for us to grow together,” she smiles.