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Jack Sleiman

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The sound of the summer

interviewJack Sleiman talks collaborations, upcoming stars and fashion trends.

Lebanese DJ, producer and hypeman, Jack Sleiman is currently flying the flag for the region in the music industry. And he’s serving up the sound of the summer with a collaboration of note.

Along with Canadian-Lebanese musician, Karl Wolf and chart-topping artist Sean Kingston, upbeat track “Remember” is already proving to be a dance-floor filler.

We caught up with Jack Sleiman to find out how it was all put together.

Q.

How did the collaboration come together?

A.

Sean, Karl and I go way back and have done numerous shows together, so the chemistry and respect for each other’s music has existed for many years. There was a track that I was quietly working on for the past year that had an uplifting summer vibe, and it had Sean Kingston’s name written all over it. After our two sell-out shows in Beirut, Sean and I had a chance to speak and after listening to the very first version, he wanted to be a part of it. When we got to the studio, Sean didn’t take too long to add his magic to the track, and it was done fast and in just one simple take. I remember that moment when the track came together, and we knew we had something special in our hands. A few weeks later, I gave Karl Wolf a call and after years of us wanting to work together, I told him this was the track we should collaborate on. Later that night Remember was ready to share with the world.

Q.

How would you describe your signature sound?

A.

I’d classify it as World sound. I come from a Middle Eastern background but lived everywhere from the Gulf to the U.S, Canada and Europe, and was blessed to have been able to visit so many places throughout my career. Bringing cultures together and diversifying my sound is what I try to accomplish with every record. I try to stay away from just “one sound” because that’s not really who I am, and it adds too many limitations to the sounds I work with and produce.

Q.

What do you think the music scene does well in this region?

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It’s phenomenal as it is so diverse. You have people from all over the globe who either live here or fly in for vacations, and mix with what we offer from the region. The outcome is something like you’ve never heard before. The regional music scene is booming with all the different tastes, cultures and sounds that are influenced from all over the globe. That’s what the music scene does so well here. We are not bound by a singular style and our versatility transcends cross-culturally, creating unique new sounds and compositions.

Sleiman: “The regional music scene is booming with all the different tastes, cultures and sounds that are influenced from all over the globe.”

Q.

Who’s the next big thing we should keep our eyes and ears open for?

A.

Offrami, a young artist from Lebanon. He has amassed over 70 million streams from his bedroom on Spotify alone, before he even began to launch in the Middle East.

Q.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given? 

A.

Trust your instincts, never second guess and most importantly never doubt yourself. Your gut instinct never lies, so go with it.

Q.

What’s one fashion trend you can’t live without?

A.

There is nothing like a simple black t-shirt that goes with everything.

‘Remember’ is out now.

END OF INTERVIEW

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