Currently sat at the top of the iTunes Middle East chart with his sinlge ‘Mektab/Destiny’ featuring Rhany, we caught up with Hip Hop artist Two Tone
My first musical influence was… A westcoast group called N.W.A (Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr Dre and Eazy E). I fell in love with rap music and started writing my own lyrics soon after.
The last pop star I liked was… The late Michael Jackson. He was a great performer, artist and personality.
My sound is best described as… I like to be original and always try to blend in different genres like I did with my hit song ‘Señorita’ last year, which was in Spanish and English. My upcoming single Mektab/Destiny mixes Arabic and English, which I hope will be enjoyed by my fans in the Middle East, as well as across Europe. I like to call it a mix of different cultures translated through music.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
When you record, pretend you are singing to a person as this allows you to really capture real emotion in your songs. It works for me!
What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
I must admit that I do catch myself singing corny pop songs in my car as they’re played on the radio, such as Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’. I’m glad nobody can ever hear me do that!
When I make it, the one thing I want on my rider is… Healthy food! I’m always trying to live a healthy lifestyle even though on the road this can be really difficult.
My musical motto is… Always believe in yourself, you can be anything you want to.
Best gig you’ve played?
I’ve done some great gigs, but the Formula 1 event in Abu Dhabi this year was one of my favourites to date. It was the first big show I have done in my own country and the response of the audience was amazing.
Best lyrics of all time?
Eminem :Stan I think it was genius the way Eminem was talking from a fans perspective and made you believe it was a true fan writing letters to him, “Dear Slim, I wrote you but you still ain’t calling I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got ‘em”