Random Ties [Musician Interview]

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What Inspired you to make music

Hey everyone Youssef here from Random Ties.

My first exposure to music was listening to my grandad sing the Opera which sounded so melodic yet powerful & thought I would follow in his footsteps.

When I was 8 years old I started listening to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan & that’s where my love for music grew.

The sound that changed my life was the 90’s bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters;. Their music shaped who we are as a generation honestly. Growing up listening to them made me want to pick up a guitar and write music.

What is your creative process?

There is so much going on around us good & bad & what better way to channel that energy & express it via music. The guitar usually comes first then the lyrics flow.

Our new single “Thawra” was inspired by the deadly attack that happened in Lebanon on August 4th that rocked the nation, leaving over 300,000 people displaced & thousands still missing or dead.

This humanitarian crisis really hit me hard, the blast is only second to the Hiroshima bomb, this prompted me to write “Thawra” & work with the incredible Layal who produced the video with the most authentic shots of what’s going on down there. We hope this song will shed light & raise awareness of what’s going on in Lebanon.

All proceeds will go towards supporting the Lebanese Red Cross so if you do decide to contribute would be to purchase the single via our Bandcamp page.

What do you feel is the best song you’ve released & why?

“Week 39” I wrote that song in a minute & I remember I was terrified, those last few weeks of anxiety starting from week 39 were more than all the previous 8 months put together, I wanted this, wanted him to be safe, more than anything else in my life at that time. And then suddenly he was born & in our arms!

What’s the best advise you’ve been given?

The world keeps on turning; it doesn’t stop.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would you be and why?

I would be a peanut butter cookie stuffed with Nutella & white chocolate chips on top that melts in your mouth. Perfect to eat on its own or top it off with ice cream. Why? I just mixed all the desert flavors that I love in one cookie

How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?

Lot of revenue streams were wiped this year from live shows, meet & greets due to the pandemic.

Our goal is to remain consistent by providing quality music to our audience & reach a wider fan base geographically so a big thanks to you for giving us this interview & without the internet this would not have been possible.

With the future of live shows up in the air at the moment, we are more involved on social media to stay connected with our fans & new listeners, keeping them engaged with good content via our Insta page.

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If you could change something about the industry what would it be?

Everything now is so public not just in our industry, there is no more curiosity like before, everyone is out there giving themselves to the world just to get attention, before you had to go & buy the CD, read about the band, listen to their album. There was that Christmas like feeling when your band came into town & I feel it’s not as much as before because everything is available to you at a click of a button & for free.

What is the most useless talent you have?

Betting, I always end up loosing.

When you are done with music, what do you want people to think when they think about you & your work?

I used my music to fight the corrupt, raise the voices of the oppressed & less fortunate in the name of justice & equality & oh yeah he rocked!

What is your most recent/upcoming project?

September is suicide prevention & awareness month; we’re released on the 27th our 4th video this year for our song “Why”.

A lot of people are going through tough times this year & this song talks about the struggle of losing someone close to you. This video is special to me because we asked our fans to help us make the video produced by @xerox.visuals, by sending us a picture of someone they lost & we will include them in the video as a way to celebrate their lives.

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