Interview with Big Blue – Summer Fusion 2016

Big Blue is a Lebanese band that joined the Lebanese music scene in 2015

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
Big Blue is a band formed during summer of 2015, when the original members of the band were looking for a vocalist. We and the current vocalist met on social media and met for a jam – being basically how it all started.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Louis El-Hage – Keyboards / Vocals
Chris Saab – Guitars
Peter Saab – Drums
Rayan Maamary – Bass

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Big Blue is a cover band that plays blues/rock oriented songs, trying to contribute in the growing Lebanese music scene. Writing originals isn’t our major preoccupation but we might one day.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
We will rock y’all out on the Summer Fusion 2016 stage.


Interview with Violent Peace – Summer Fusion 2016

Lebanese rock band Violent Peace will be performing a lot of your favorites at our upcoming events Summer Fusion 2016. Don’t miss them on stage, and in the meantime check out their interview.

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
We started at The Christmas Mission 2014 at Quadrangle.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Joey Semaan – Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Semaan – Bass
Roy Andraos – Guitar
Joe Chamata – Drums

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
You can say that we play rock, we add some covers to our set to spice it up, but we’re now focusing on originals.

Who are your influences?
We enjoy everything that sounds nice to the four of us, to name a few; starting from the good old days in the 70s like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Deep Purple, The Beatles, Pink Floyd… Going to the 80-90s like Guns n Roses, Scorpions, to recently bands like Alter Bridge, Muse, and Porcupine Tree…

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
We’re doing what we love, it’s our passion.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
The scene has ups and downs, most people are drifting towards commercial music and rather go to a nightclub instead of going to a concert. They should experience more often the thrill of live music and appreciate it.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Hopefully things you’ve never heard.

What are your plans for the future?
Currently, our next plan is releasing a new album to be written and recorded. We’re putting up ideas and material and making new tunes.


Interview with Bandage – Summer Fusion 2016

Bandage is a Lebanese rock band founded back in 2004 and has been one of the active pioneers in the Lebanese music scene since then. Don’t miss their staple performance at Summer Fusion 2016 on August 27th at Mocean Kaslik!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
We started BandAge back in 2004. Our very first performance was at the Galaxy Shopping Center. It was beautiful! The crowd enjoyed it and we made a lot of mistakes.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Nathalie J. BandAge – Vocals
Roland Azar – Keyboards
Ralph Khoury – Guitars
Rany Battikh – Bass Guitar
Tony Abou Haydar – Drums

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Rock – Hard Rock (sometimes, depending on our mood).
We perform both originals and covers. You can’t just play originals in the Lebanese music scene. You gotta give the crowd a taste of covers of the hits that they grew up to and enjoy.

Who are your influences?
Joe Satriani, Vai, Jordan Rudess, Queen, Pink Floyd, Angra, Symphony X, Bon Jovi…

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
We are music lovers, we enjoy playing music, and it is who we are… It makes us feel good, and that’s quite a great purpose!

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Our music scene is one hell of a survivor scene with lots of great energy and potential. We never gave up on it, and we never will.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Awesomeness all the way! It’s one of our best outdoor concerts of the year!
RockRing are proving that they are the best and most dedicated organizers throughout the years. We can’t thank them enough!

What are your plans for the future?
Keep doing what we enjoy best. Keep rock alive, record our newest single “Back in Time”, and release a music video (hopefully).


Interview with Ink26 – Summer Fusion 2016

Ink26 is a Lebanese metal band playing styles ranging from metalcore to thrashcore. They started back in 2002 and have since gathered a heavy following. Catch them at Summer Fusion 2016 for an awesome show!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
Originally, the band started back in 2003 as Blood Ink, and a couple of years later, Element 26 was formed. Around 2012, both bands became fairly inactive due to some members, and eventually the active members decided to join forces to become Ink26.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Jad Matta – guitar/bg vocals
Joe Abdel Sater – guitar/bg vocals
Roy Naufal – bass/bg vocals
Kamal Khoueiry – vocals
Chris Mikael – drums

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Our style is mostly a mix of thrash, metalcore, thrashcore, groovecore, heavy metal, with a hint of technical and melodic elements.
We play originals and covers to share some of our favorite music with the crowds!

Who are your influences?
Lamb of God, Gojira, Mudvayne, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Quo Vadis, Testament, Opeth, among others.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Playing music is simply something we enjoy…sharing it with others makes it even better. We love going on stage and the energy on stage when you see all the crowd joining in on what you play, specially with originals!

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Our music scene has seen a lot of ups and down, but it is a strong survivor.
There was a bit of low time in the past few years due to lack of events, but now it’s picking up much better again!

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Lots of heavy stuff and new originals. We want to have a blast and make sure everyone will have a blast with us. Summer Fusion is one of the most epic concerts in Lebanon, and we’ll try our best to deliver.

What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently recording our new album and planning to play some concerts abroad.


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.


Interview with Iklil – Summer Fusion 2016

Iklil are an all-female, Lebanese band who experiment with genres and tend to go for anything that gets the crowd moving. They will be performing some of their best originals, as well as some awesome covers, at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
Each one of us had our own mega share of engaging in music before Iklil started, and when we met, it was online. It happened when Joy was looking for female musicians for a project, and so people started referring us to each other member by member, and the bond was created in the practice room.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Our current line up is Marru El Charif as the lead vocalist and synth, Joy Zahar on the guitar and back vocals, Lea Haddad on the bass and back vocals, and Melissa El-Hani on the drums.

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
The style we perform roams around the dance rock notion. We play many other experimental styles that we don’t know what to label as, so it’s quite interesting. We play originals, and we love playing our favorite covers by artists that inspire us. It’s fun!

Who are your influences?
Anyone that makes our feet tap.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Our main purpose is passion. Passion is our drive and we find satisfaction in music, what more is there to say? To us, music is a form of expression and our own kind of meditation, if you want. We are pursuing our dream.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
There is a lot of talent here in Lebanon, but some musicians lack professionalism. Some get famous easily because its a small country, and then they stop improving as much as they did at first. The music scene abroad has reached way before us, and the old talent there is the new talent here. Musicians should push above the ordinary. We should all think big.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
We’re going to be playing a new hit that we have just finished, some old originals, and we might cover a superb song we have in mind (it’s a surprise). Looking forward!

What are your plans for the future?
Our plan for the future is to tour the middle east, and then hopefully tour the world.


Interview with The FreeRolls – Summer Fusion 2016

The FreeRolls are a Lebanese rock band founded back in 2005 and have since then gone on to release original material and rock the Lebanese scene. Catch them at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
The band was founded by Elie Zeidan (guitar, vocals) and Samuel George (keyboard) back in 2005, when they were still in high school. The band started out as “Rebellious Phoenix” and the members focused on playing some sophisticated tunes inspired by the 70s Southern Rock and Hard Rock era, alongside 80s Rock music and 90s Post Grunge. Roy (guitar), Samis brother, joined the band as they were composing their first original. The band moved on to perform in different events across Lebanon, and in 2011, the band recorded demos of their originals under the new band name,”The FreeRolls”. That was when Martin Nassif (bass) joined the band. The demo projects made the band shift their focus towards recording, changing their cover band image into a more independent one.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Elie Zeidan: Vocals Guitar
Samuel: George Keys
Roy George: Guitar
Tony Hawa: Drums
Martin Nassif: Bass

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
The band plays mainly Rock music, swinging between the sophistication of Southern Rock and the rawness of Post Grunge. We perform originals as well as cover songs from our influences.

Who are your influences?
The Allman Brothers/ Led Zeppelin/ Matchbox 20 / Pain of Salvation / Dave Matthews Band / Zac Brown Band / Aerosmith and Matthew Good Band/ Kings of Leon/ Foo Fighters/ Death Cab For Cutie/ Dishwalla/ Jamiroquai

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Passion, Passion, and Passion.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
It is currently rising, better than ever. We are really glad it is getting more local support, and the audience is getting used to the idea that local talents are more than worth it.
Rich in its diversity, independent bands are not afraid to produce, perform and publish their music anymore.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Raw Rock’n Roll embedded in our originals and covers.

What are your plans for the future?
We are currently working on a second album, but, well, we are taking our time.