Miami Shoot Magazine recently sat down with Radikal Records International recording artist, Ayah Marar for a One on One interview. Originally from Jordan, Ayah talks about life after moving to the UK at the young age of seventeen to pursue a career in music.
MSM: What was it like moving to the UK from Jordan and living with a newfound independence at the age of 17?
AM: I loved it. It allowed me to explore music and friendships in a way I had never before. I loved growing up in the Middle East but London is definitely home now.
Her career thus far has included a full-length album, The Real, several hit singles, and notable collaborations, such as her feature on Calvin Harris’ “Thinking About You.” In the interview, Ayah explains that her and Calvin Harris have actually been friends for years.
MSM: Tell us about the first time you met Calvin Harris. What is it like working with him?
AM: Calvin and I met at a record shop I worked at in the early 2000s. He needed a place to live and I had a spare room, we lived and worked together and have been buddies ever since. I feature on his last two albums. I’m so proud of him.
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Radikal Records recently released the remix for Ayah Marar’s single, “Mind Controller (Tom Bull Remix)” which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp. You can also download her album The Real, released on Radikal Records, on iTunes and Bandcamp.
Tom Bull just released a massive house/bass remix of Ayah Marar’s “Mind Controller” off her solo debut album “The Real,” and if you missed it on Tough Love’s KISS FM UK radio show, our friends at DoAndroidsDance.com happily premiered it for us, and here’s what they had to say about it:
The underground house music scene can be a bit dizzying. The different strains of house with their varying names and overlapping qualities is a bit much sometimes. One guy though who has shown he doesn’t care is Tom Bull. Tom Bull has made it to these parts a few times with his bass-laced house & garage music and is back with more of the same; but better. Remixing Ayah Marar’s “Mind Controller,” Bull brings his bass into full focus and delivers a classic ’90s house-infused dancefloor jam as Marar’s vocals soar right into place.
Read the full article here, and stream the remix below!
CDS Music Chart had a chance to speak with Ayah Marar on her recent rise to fame with her collaboration with Calvin Harris “Thinking About You” along with the release of her debut album The Real with the featured singles “Mind Controller,””Unstoppable,””Beg Borrow Steal,” and “The Raver.” Here’s what Ayah had to say about her album and what’s to come:
3. When did the plans for your album “The Real” come to mind?
They had been building for a while but it all came together when I met Will Simms and we ‘fell in love’ and decided to make something together.
4. When working on your album, did you sit down and write everything all at once or did you write over a long period of time?
We locked ourselves away for 4-5 months in a dark room and wrote and wrote and wrote every day. I loved it!
5. Which of your songs means the most to you and why?
That’s would be like choosing a favourite child, they all mean something to me in a different way.
6. What are your plans for upcoming releases, collaborations or tours?
More tracks to come in the new year, collaborations, tours of course. First single of the year will drop soon, and of course it’s very important to me to keep supporting upcoming artists and push the UK scene any way I can through my company HUSSLE GIRL.
7. What helps you write or record music?