JEDDAH: Saud Al-Turki, a producer based in Khobar, has been making music since 2010, but never had the confidence to make songs from his beats. “Then fate happens when you least expect it,” he told Arab News.
He entered a store in Newport Beach, California in 2017 and started a conversation with a Detroit resident who was called PLUS and was working in the store at the time.
“We talked about life and music and he said he was an artist, but never said how good he was of an artist. One thing led to another and we met about a week later and made “Feeling High”, which was my first official single to be released on SoundCloud. “
Al-Turki mixed the taste of his parents with music in his work. His father had a love of jazz and golden oldies, while his mother appreciated Arabic music.
“My parents played an important role in shaping my musical taste, which encouraged me to discover different genres from different parts of the world. During that time my love for hip hop and urban music grew. I connected with it. I connected with the culture, music and honesty behind the messages conveyed. My process really depends on the atmosphere I am in, the artists that I am around and even my geographical location. But what does not change is my approach. I enter the studio with the confidence that I will make something unique and at the same time recognizable, “he said.
Two different and hugely different genres can be heard in the music of Al-Turki: Arabic Tarab music and hip hop.
“I am by no means the first or last producer to make use of sampling Arabic sounds. Many international greats have also sampled Arabic music and made hit albums. But in my opinion, the context was missing. So it is crucial that someone from the region can make that voice heard while representing the culture in a way that resonates with a global audience. “
He uses the voice of Saudi news presenter Baker Bakhaider – whose career started in the early 1970s – as a beat tag to let his audience know who is responsible for the music.
“Growing up in Saudi Arabia and watching the news with my father, people like Baker Bakhaider and other legendary news anchors were a big part of my upbringing. In our religion we use “Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmat Allah Wa Barakatu” as a form of greeting. And what better message would I present to the world than that peace be given to my audience? It is a global message that is related and important. “
He released his newest single ‘Want Me’ on December 25, 2019 with the Egyptian sensation pre kai ro and Quentin Miller from Atlanta.
“The real message behind this record is to show truly independent talent from this part of the world together with a recognizable name in the music industry. Moreover, I wanted to emphasize that the level of independent talent in our region has reached the highest level ever. “
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