Tell us a little about yourself and how you made singing your career.
My name is Malak Moataz El Husseiny. I’m 23 years old. I was born in Cairo, Egypt and I’ve been living here my whole life. Music and art are my biggest passions and are how I love to live my life. My career officially started when I signed a record deal in August, around four years ago, with Subspace records after joining a local singing competition called ‘Sing Egyptian women’ where I was a finalist. I then released my debut EP with them the following year. Following my EP, I have since released singles and collaborations with various artists. I also made an appearance on the international show ‘The X factor’ two years ago.
Which famous musicians would you say you’re heavily influenced by?
I don’t think that there is one specific musician that I’m heavily influenced by; however, I relate to different musicians depending on where I’m at musically. It comes in phases depending on the different styles I’m exploring.
What moment do you consider a real breakthrough in your career?
Well, I’m far from where I want to be, but releasing an EP and going on the X Factor were life changing moments. I guess it’s because those were the moments I’ve seen myself create something that was a lot bigger than myself, and even though it seemed scary, it also challenged me and took me completely out of my comfort zone. Ultimately, I want to keep challenging myself musically.
How would you describe your genre?
My sound changes as I mature musically so I can’t say that I have one specific sound, but right now I’m working on a new project with a completely new sound that fuses my Egyptian identity with my western musical influences.
What is one song you wrote that you’ll always be proud of?
‘The Doors of Perception’. It’s not a song that I’m proud of musically per se, but the lyrics I managed to come up with are so rich in meaning, and it was the one song that I feel I truly wrote well.
Do you ever get stage fright? If so, how do you get through it?
I often get stage fright when I’m performing in front of a small crowd and not on stage. I usually try to interact more with the audience in that kind of situation because I feel like there’s a barrier to be broken. I try to connect with the audience emotionally through my performance in this type of situation, whereas performing on stage there’s a little less room for that.
Do you write your own songs? If so, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Yes, I always write my own songs. I listen to new music all the time of completely different genres to get inspired by all the different elements in terms of sound and lyrics. I also sometimes derive my inspiration from reading because every time I read a good book, I can come up with so many great songs through ideas I want to explore. I honestly don’t usually see the correlation, but it happens. Something that has been recently inspiring me directly is going to new places. I feel like whenever I go to places that I’ve never been before, I’m always so observant of everything happening around me and that almost always inspires me to write or come up with a good story or just jot down how that place makes me feel.
Do you ever have to go through musician’s block? How do you overcome it?
Yes, a lot of the time I do! I overcome it by trying not to think too much or putting too much pressure on myself, so I usually try doing something else and come back to it whenever I feel easier about it.
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