Dana Al Far­dan

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“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).”

Look­ing back

“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.

Crys­tal gaz­ing

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.

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