February ‘14
Insight Interview

February ‘14
Haitham Shaker
Haitham Shaker


    


If you hadn't been born in this century, when and where would you like to have lived?

In Abd el Haleem's life time, I would like to be working with him.


What do you do in your spare time?

Listen to music


Do you wish you had more privacy?

No one works in this field and expects to have privacy; fans need to know everything about their favorite celebrity.


I never workout without'¦

being in a very good mood


My guilty food pleasure is'¦

donuts


On a typical Thursday night I'¦

usually work on Thursdays, but if I don't, I go out with my friends.


My favorite thing to do when I want to relax'¦

pray


My all-time celebrity crush is'¦

Beyonce


My favorite vacation spot is'¦

London


What's the best Valentine's gift you ever received from a girl?

Flowers


Do you believe in the traditional roles for men and women?

I believe in cooperation and understanding between partners, Sharing chores and responsibilities are the best thing that could happen.


What's the most unbelievable rumor ever printed about you?

That I was dead.


When and why did you start singing?

I always loved singing since I was a kid, but I took it professionally in 2001 with my first song 'a7laf be Allah'


What do you like most about your profession?

People's love is one of the best feelings any celebrity can experience.


What was the most important day of your life?

My most important day didn't come yet; I am still looking forward for better days to come and important events to happen. I am still taking small steps in my long path.


Which famous musicians have you learned from?

I love Abd el wahab, he is an icon in this industry and a great tutor for any singer.


Did old records & tapes influence you? Which ones?

I love all the old music and they have a huge impact on my music. I love Abd el Wahab, Abd el Haleem and Om Kalthoum.


What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into?

It was with my producing company; due to the economic crises they were not able to produce new work so they didn't afford to produce any new songs for me and in the same time they didn't let me seek other producing companies, which was very annoying.


If I were to turn on your Ipod right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?

Ya mesafer wahdek, dart el ayam, akdeb 3laik, 3yoon el alb, ana lak 3la tool.


Do you have any regrets?

No, mistakes are one of the humans' characteristics, and people usually learn from their mistakes.


Do you worry about whether people like you for the real you, or because you are a celebrity?

I can tell who loves me for who I am and who don't. My profession taught me to understand people quite well.


Do you friends easily?

No, I don't.


What are you up to now and what's coming up for you in 2014?

Ahla Qarar is my new album that should be coming up very soon which consists of 13 songs.