Alina K is Tak­ing Back Time

City Times talks to the Dubai-based singer about her lat­est sin­gle that’s out now and how the UAE is the per­fect place for artists

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Alina K is

back. This time last year, we met Alina when the Dubaibased singer re­leased her first sin­gle Love is Blind which got over 13,000 views within one week. She has since re­leased two more sin­gles, Get Up and Would You. Since then, Alina has been per­form­ing in the re­gion as well as keep­ing ac­tive on her so­cial me­dia plat­forms, with the goal of pro­mot­ing her mu­sic. She now has a new sin­gle which we’ve been play­ing on re­peat since it was re­leased - Tak­ing Back Time.

We caught up with the singer to dis­cuss what she’s been up to over the last year, dis­cussed her mu­si­cal jour­ney, what songs she’s been lis­ten­ing to, the mis­con­cep­tions of be­ing a work­ing artist and what she has planned for her next video.

How have you been spend­ing your sum­mer in Dubai?

I love sum­mer in Dubai, it’s al­ways so ex­cit­ing! It’s def­i­nitely a mix­ture of fun and work I’d say. I re­cently fin­ished film­ing my forth mu­sic video that will be re­leased soon. I am also pre­par­ing my fifth sin­gle and re­hears­ing for my up­com­ing events.

What’s changed over the last year since the re­lease of your first sin­gle?

This year helped me to know my au­di­ence bet­ter and at the same time for them to know me more as an artist and as a per­son. Since the re­lease of my first sin­gle Love is Blind I re­leased three other sin­gles Get Up, Would you and now Tak­ing back Time, that are so dif­fer­ent in style and the mes­sages they hold. Each one of th­ese songs has its own au­di­ence who re­late to it.

Can you tell us about your lat­est sin­gle Tak­ing Back Time?

This is a very spe­cial, mean­ing­ful

and pow­er­ful song, writ­ten and com­posed by my pro­ducer Rayan Bailouni who trans­lated my feel­ings and thoughts in the best way. It’s about our daily life when we fo­cus on the ma­te­rial stuff, we even drown our­selves in work, try­ing to suc­ceed, aim­ing for a bet­ter life, bet­ter ti­tles, but we for­get that the only mo­ments to cher­ish are the mem­o­ries. We don’t usu­ally re­mem­ber how many nights we spent work­ing in the of­fice, but we will al­ways cher­ish a trip done with our loved ones, or the qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends. Let’s not re­gret the time and start tak­ing back time from now.

What do you have planned for the mu­sic video?

Shoot­ing with the di­rec­tor Freek TV is al­ways so much fun but yet al­ways pro­fes­sional. Al­though we faced some chal­lenges here and there, we were able to fin­ish it af­ter can­celling the shoot many times be­cause of the heat and the July sur­prise rain. All I can say is ex­pect sus­pense mixed with a lit­tle bit of hu­mour and so much adren­a­line. I re­ally can’t wait for ev­ery­one to see it.

Given that the song is about not wast­ing our time on ma­te­rial things – how do you cen­ter your­self on what mat­ters?

Peo­ple who know me well, they know I al­ways put fam­ily first, my pas­sion, my dreams and all the ma­te­rial things last... like I said be­fore it is al­ways about the souls who sur­round us, al­ways about good times.

What has been one of the big­gest ob­sta­cles you’ve faced over the last year of work­ing as an artist?

I don’t think we should call it an ob­sta­cle, be­cause as an artist, you should have this con­stant drive and pas­sion for what you do. It’s al­ways about pre­serv­ing your iden­tity with­out com­pro­mis­ing, it’s about be­ing an in­spi­ra­tion, chal­leng­ing your­self, and al­ways push­ing your work to the top. And with the con­stant sup­port of the me­dia in Dubai, we will be able to reach the world.

What is the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion that ex­ists out there about be­ing an artist?

In our days, every­thing is re­lated to num­bers, or lack of cre­ativ­ity. This is the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion that peo­ple who want to be artists fall into. It’s not about num­bers, nor is it about be­ing like some­one else. Its not about fame or just cre­at­ing a com­mo­tion! It is about be­ing hum­ble, true, trans­par­ent, and do­ing what you love for your­self first so you can get into the hearts and minds of peo­ple, be dif­fer­ent and be your­self. In­spire oth­ers with your mes­sages, en­ergy, melody, just sim­ply be an artist.

Have you seen any changes in the Dubai mu­sic scene over the last year?

UAE is pit­ting art at the core of its plans with all the new projects in place, chang­ing and el­e­vat­ing the level of art in the re­gion, with the Opera House, the Lou­vre and all the global artists and con­certs that hap­pened here. They are prov­ing again that the UAE is the per­fect place for any tal­ent to grow. And also the di­ver­sity of peo­ple help us as artists to spread mu­sic across many dif­fer­ent cul­tures. UAE or specif­i­cally Dubai, gave me and other artists, the op­por­tu­nity to meet my pro­ducer Rayan Bailouni and Freek TV, my di­rec­tor and other like-minded peo­ple who played ma­jor role in this mu­sic scene.

Where have you per­formed over the last year and do you have any live per­for­mances com­ing up?

This year was amaz­ing with many events in the UAE, Ro­ma­nia and Le­banon, but the three main events that were very spe­cial to me, the one I per­formed in Kuwait, in one of the big­gest malls, and on Ra­dio Kuwait FM, and at the Ras Al Khaimah Hap­pi­ness Fes­ti­val. I also had the priv­i­lege to be a judge in a kid’s tal­ent show in UAE. Yes, I’m pre­par­ing for up­com­ing per­for­mances, and I will be an­nounc­ing them soon.

What’s on your playlist right now? What mu­sic/artists are you lis­ten­ing to?

You will al­ways find, jazz, con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, a mix of every­thing on my playlist and of course my mu­sic. It’s more about the song than the artist th­ese days, but I al­ways lis­ten to all the new re­leases of Ma­roon 5, Cold­play, Jessie J, Dua Lipa, Bey­once and other Ro­ma­nian and Le­banese artists.

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