Interview with OblivioN – Summer Fusion 2016

OblivioN was formed back in 2007 and has since then been working on originals and some impressive live gigs. Don’t miss out on their live performance at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
We started in early 2007 with the founders Khaled Bin Ahmad and Salman Zein. Later on, Bahaa Zein joined the project, but the band still needed a vocalist, so we sent a request to Nigol Ozz after seeing him perform. After a few months, Nigol Ozz agreed to join the band, and by the end of the same year, the line up was final when Steve Scorps was added as the drummer, after having hard times finding the right member.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
After the lineup was final the members remain the same with
Nigol Ozz : Vocals
Khaled Bin Ahmad : Guitarist
Bahaa Zein : Guitarist
Salman Zein : Bass Guitar
Steve Scorps : Drummer

What style do you perform?
We play classic rock/metal.

Do you perform cover songs or originals?
We play both… We have our originals, and we do some covers to spice things up.

Who are your influences?
It’s a bit hard to say since every single member is influenced by several bands, but we may say that overall we are influenced by Black Sabbath, Scorpions, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Deep Purple etc…

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Mostly, for the fun of it… The passion and the excitement and the rush you get the moment the first tune begins to play. It feels like those several moments on stage or at the studio are like running away from everything outside and creating your own, small universe and giving the audience what they came for… making them have a good time and getting them to sing along and scream.

What do you think of the Lebanese Music Scene?
Like we said before a long time ago in several occasions and interviews, we have a lot of talent, but the scene is not helping for those talents to show and get what they deserve. Nowadays, things are bit easier than before with all this social media marketing etc. and things are a bit better than before, so we hope for the best. It’s a long subject to discuss since every genre has its own scene and circle, so we can not generalize.

What we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Same old rock n roll atmosphere like we always deliver. We have a very good selection of songs that suit this event. We will be loud and wild, and we hope the audience can promise us the same.

What are your plans for the future?
It has been a busy summer so far for the band so we are busy getting ready for our upcoming shows, but we might go back to studio as soon as we finish these summer plans, and start recording the songs that have been waiting for us, and hopefully things will go as planned.


Interview with Jack Haddad – Summer Fusion 2016

Jack Haddad is a talented Lebanese guitarist & singer who has been active in the scene since the year 2010. He will be giving us a taste of his talent alongside some other great musicians at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene ?
I started professionally back in 2010, when I decided that I wanted to go back to doing music after a 3-year hiatus. But my career didn’t kick off until 2014 when I left my banking day job in favor of Rock n Roll!

Who does your current lineup consist of?
I play with a lot of different and talented musicians from around the world for business purposes, but the ones participating in my original project (which by the way, I love and have the utmost respect for musically and personally) are:
Elio Khoury on Drums (Roswell, Beiroots),
Rany Battikh on bass (Blaakyum, Bandage, and Najwa Karam),
Tony Ghanem on Keyboard (KZB, Ex-Anarchy)

I’m not sure about the Najwa Karam thing though…

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Both actually. We perform classic and old school rock when it comes to cover music. We even sometimes cover new stuff that have a taste of the past; my ears like those crunchy deafening thick riffs \m/
As for original music, I mostly write songs influenced by a mix of Rock, old school Rock, and country, be it soft songs or hard songs, and up to this day my philosophy is “Keep the Vintage sound alive.”

Who are your influences?
Well based on the previous question, it’s pretty obvious that I’m influenced by all the great legends and artists from the Rock n Roll era (70s, 80s, 90s) I grew up listening to that. Then, around 2010, I started getting interested in American country music, and that was a revelation!
Even if you’d ask me to pick a bunch of artists, it would be impossible, all that era has had a role in shaping my sound and my songwriting.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Chicks bro, chicks ! lol
Now, the real answer is this: Performing is in me; the stage is where the heart is. Ever since I was 6 or 7, I used to standup in class every morning and sing a parody or tell a joke (thank God I turned out to be a musician and not a standup comedian, poor people have to come up with new jokes all the time, and we as musicians can play the same songs for 30 years and no one complains about it!)
So I didn’t really choose to be a musician, it just happened, everything was leading me to it. Being very sociable, I was bound to share music with people, share good times, celebrate through music, perform for drunk crowds and love it! My purpose is to make people sing along, and see and make people happy
Bottom line nothing is beautiful unless it’s shared!

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Well the scene has seen (pun intended) lots of different musical waves. Rock and metal emerged in the early nineties, then everything led to a big underground and indie scene today.
I think it’s growing rapidly, and we are facing changes, positive ones of course. People are getting more and more interested in new genres and in Live performances.
The older guys before us were the pioneers, and we should be really thankful, but I think our generation (with the help of festivals just like Summer Fusion) was and is the stepping stone; we laid the grounds for new talents to emerge and believe that non-arabic music has a chance in Lebanon!

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016 ?
Expect unreleased materials and originals to be played exclusively for the first time at Summer Fusion 2016. We will cover some big big Classic Rock/Rock Legends as well!

What are your plans for the future ?
1- More Chicks
2- Play foreign festivals, finishing the first solo album by 2017. We’re hitting the recording studios very soon, by the end of 2016 early 2017.
3- Which again leads to more chicks !


Interview with Homesick – Summer Fusion 2016

Homesick are a Lebanese band rock band delving into the sub genres of alt rock and hard rock. They will take the stage on August 27 at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
We started in 2014 after our first gig at Qudrangle.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Lorena Saab (vocals)
Richard Harfouche (lead guitar)
Alex Saad (rhythm guitar)
Charbel Awad (bass)
Ayman Abi Kheir (drums)

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Hard Rock/Alternative Rock/Blues Rock. A mixture of both.

Who are your influences?

Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queens of the Stone Age…

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Self expression, influencing others, simply having fun doing what we love…

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
The Lebanese music scene is growing rapidly and has a really bright future with many bands booming.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
You can expect a raw, energy driven performance to keep you on your feet.

What are your plans for the future?
We are in the process of producing and recording an album.


Interview with GreyGroove – Sumer Fusion 2016

GreyGroove are a Lebanese 5-piece band performing everything from rock and postrock to indie. Catch them doing it their way at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
After a small lineup modification, we came back and started as GreyGroove around one year ago in the Lebanese music scene.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Our lineup consist of one frontman, two guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer, so we’re a 5-piece band.

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
We do perform a variation of rock, indie, and postrock music. Actually we do think that we have our very own style even when doing covers. For the moment, we’re performing covers, with originals to be launched soon.

Who are your influences?
Actually, our passion and with the way each member gives his best to the band work is our best influence, but we can say that led zeppelin is an influence too.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Our main purpose behind performing and making music is to try our best satisfying our audience with the best music quality so they can enjoy each and every note we play.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
The Lebanese music scene is one of the hardest music scenes ever because of the large number and style variety of the bands offered on this scene, otherwise the music scene is picking up and becoming a one of the best music scenes.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
You should expect from us at Summer Fusion, as usual something juicy and hot enough to fill up your music mind.

What are your plans for the future?
Future plans?! Working on some originals, some lineup and music genre changes may occur.