DJ Mostyn Rischmueller's collaboration with Kamal Musallam for Ray-Ban
Why did you want to be part of #Campaign4Change? The opportunity is definitely interesting for me because I’ve never worked with an oud player before, let alone such an amazing musician as Kamal Musallam. It’s all about pushing the boundaries creatively and musically, the result being a completely different sound. Going into this kind of collaboration it’s important to not have too many preconceived ideas; we let the music lead us. The aim was to stand out from the crowd.
The track is titled ‘Mixed4Change’. How would you describe the sound? We will be mixing up tradition; it’s a very distinct electronic sound versus an acoustic traditional sound. It’s a lot like the stuff I play already, but with more of an Arabian-Middle Eastern tinge to it. I like to take new directions and in this business especially, it’s important not to rest on your laurels and to take chances. In doing so, you can create something special – a little off-kilter if you like. Creativity truly thrives in this environment. Generally, it is something (as a DJ) that I could probably drop into any set.
As a DJ, how do you keep up with musical trends? Music is music at the end of the day. It’s either good or bad according to your personal tastes. As a music lover and DJ, it’s important to have an open mind and to experience as much new, undiscovered music as physically possible.
What are your thoughts on Dubai’s music scene in terms of diversity? I think it’s getting much better, gradually. It’s still not much of a music market here in terms of putting up your album or CD and sending it locally; there are only a few CD stores. But for me, I sell my records in Europe, mostly, and the distributor for my label is in Holland so this is the thing about Kamal. He’s really trying to do much more local-centric music and he’s really trying to get support locally by pushing it more and getting it on the radio. I think eventually it will get better as far as events and live performances go.
We are seeing more music producers and industry professionals coming to Dubai. How does that affect the local market? Unfortunately, much of the music that people in Dubai purchase is pop stuff that is big in the US or UK. The question that should be addressed is how to integrate local artists into a global market. Sure, it’s great to make a hit record, but how do you do that when you’re in the Middle East? I don’t think bringing an international producer to Dubai is really addressing the lack of the mechanics in the local music market. ‘Mixed4Change’ is available for free download. Visit Ray-Ban.com to find out more on #Campaign4change.