Local trance producer, Kamil, talks to Time Out about his debut album, Dubai Dance Sensation
What’s your musical background? When I was younger I loved classical music. My favourite instruments were violin and guitar but because my family travelled a lot I couldn’t finish studying them. However, starting with classical music gave me an idea about notes and how to combine sounds. In 2000 I moved to the United States. There I fell in love with hip hop because it was totally different to any other style of music I’d heard before. Then when I got back to Dubai seven years ago I found that trance music really appealed to me, so I decided to produce my own music that other people could enjoy too.
Why has your interest in music changed so many times? Music is something that never stops. It’s always changing and, as you get to experience more and more things in your life, your opinions and attitudes change. I’ve tried to learn a lot from all the different styles of music – I feel that they inspire me to do something unique with my own sound.
Why did you eventually settle on progressive trance music? I like the way that trance music gets into my head and takes me away from everything. I wanted to make music that could make people forget about everyday life and I think trance music has that ability. I respect all kinds of music and I like that trance music can bring together many different styles to create something unique.
Have you worked with any other artists or producers on this album? Not on this album, but I did speak to Judge Jules who helped me a lot with my sound and my tracks. I really want to thank him for that. I learned a lot both from his advice and his music. I’ve found that the other producers in this business all support each other and that really helped me to complete Dubai Dance Sensation.
In an ideal world, which artist, producer or DJ would you work with and why? I’d definitely like to work with Armin Van Buuren. I’m going to be playing at a music festival in Paris next year, so hopefully I can be on stage with him and other good producers out there.
Do you think that anyone could be a dance producer with the right technology? Yes, definitely, but you need to have a lot of patience. Firstly you have to learn how to use each piece of technology and software, and that takes a lot of time. I have worked really hard on teaching myself different methods of making music from the moment I got my first keyboard. After that you have to experiment with beats to work out what sounds good. You also have to think about what emotion you want to convey from your songs, because each track, for me, is like a story. Working with the computer means that you can watch a track grow and change all the time, which takes a lot of hard work and determination.
Where would you like to be with your music career in five years? I just want to take my music to as many people as possible. I’d love to take my music all over the world and be like other successful producers in the market right now. I want to make Dubai a destination for people who enjoy trance music. Dubai Dance Sensation is available in stores. For more information, visit www.palmmajesty.com.