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Saeed Younan: Life, Drums and Magic

Saeed_YounanA world class globe-trotting DJ, a recording artist, a sought-after remix producer, and head of his own record label, Saeed Younan has excelled as a true artist in the global dance scene.

Following the success of a string of chart topping singles, and being elected as #13 on the Top 100 American DJs List, Saeed found the time to sit down with Curvve for an interview on his life, career and upcoming remix, “Magic.”

Q: Where did you grow up? Please tell a little about yourself.
A: I was born in Iraq but grew up in Washington D.C lived here since I was 11 years old.

Q: Do you think the area you grew up had a big influence your musical taste?
A: Yes, the early 90’s rave days were big influence on me. D.C had a great clubbing scene back then. And had a chance to catch a lot of good DJs growing up.

Q: When did you begin producing music?
A: My first production was in 1992 right after I graduated from high school. It was with Gossip Records and YoshiToshi.

Q: What started off your music career?
A: I guess it be that gossip record and Yoshi releases, and things really picked up when I started my own label Addictive Records in 1995-2004

Q: What is a piece of equipment you cannot live without?
A: Logic and Ableton Live.

Q: What music genre would you like to experiment in?
A: I love Drum n’ Bass and dub Reggae. I’ll probably produce some in the near future. But house music will always be my specialty.

Q: Do you have any big projects coming up in the near future?
A: I just released an e.p Called “Port Saeed”. All 4 tracks made the top downloads on beatport.com. I have a remix coming out on Ultra for Austin Leeds and Starkillers. I’m also Working on a new mix comp which will come out early next year on Younan Music. And few other solo original projects.

Q: What past tracks do you feel really showcases the direction that your productions are heading?
A: My new e.p “Port Saeed” has 4 tracks that showcase the style I lean toward these days.

Q: How did you end up deciding on a direction for your remix of Magic? Was there a specific sound that you were trying to achieve?
A: I just wanted to produce a fun and sexy remix. I also like to stray away from the obvious. And take a different approach all together. And I feel that I achieved that.

Q: Was there anything special about this song or vocal that really made you want to remix it?
A: I like the vocals and thought be nice to make them sound more hunting and reversed them in few parts.

Q: What gear or software was influential in the making of this remix (and maybe your sound in general)?
A: I used logic for this project, with some elements from LIVE to chop up vocals and loops. I also used the Albino 3 for the bassline. And lots of drum kits with manipulated sound effects.

Q: Are there any bands or artists out there who influence your sound?
Not really, I kinda go my own way. But don’t get me wrong I listen to a lot of different type of music and artist and I’m sure a lot of the stuff I do has been touched by other genres or sounds.

Q: What countries do you enjoy travelling to ??
A: I enjoy playing in S.America a lot. But I also enjoy Canada and Eastern Europe has a great scene.

Q: How do you feel about the European culture and it’s influence in today’s music?
A: I think it’s great. We can defiantly use some of their influence here in the states especially with radio and T.V

Q: What has been an unforgettable gig for you?
A: Summer Dance Festival in Colombia is amazing I played there for 2 years straight and it was one of the best events I’ve done.

Q: Is there an interesting fact or piece of data about your that most people don’t know?
A: Some people don’t know that I’ve been making music and djing since high school. I started back in 1988 (when I was in 9th grade) and been at it ever since.

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Pete Tong features Vinny Troia's "Magic" on Fast Trax

Vinny Troia’s new single with Jaidene Veda, “Magic” was featured on this week’s edition of Pete Tong’s Fast Trax show. View the video below which includes a sample of the song.

Magic will be available for sale in January 2008 with remixes by Dave Aude, Saeed Younan, Smartminds and Heartache.

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