SHAM GABR - MY NEW BLOG ABOUT MY MUSIC JOURNEY! :0)
Later this year I will be launcing five new songs with amazing music videos that I am extremely proud of.I cant wait to share these and give cudos to the Crew and cast that did an truely amazign job! It took me a lot of effots to get to the level that the five songs will express and still I have so much to learn.
I would like to share my journey so far and ahead and I hope you will follow along...
My musical path started Back in December 1999. I woke up and started to write what I though was a song. I tried to sleep several times during the process but it keept disturbing my sleep. The month after I bought my first guitar and called a song teacher. After coulpe of minutes the song teacher said "you have you own expression" but it will be good to start all over :0)
Summer 2000 I had writen more than 30 songs. So, I though it would be a good idea to play a concert. I went with the guitar on my back to a bar. I must have looked convincing because they said yes without hearing my music. I then played a concert for 80 people. The bar owner was happy because there was a lot of people but in the middle of the set I could sense the crowd called for somthing different. In desperation perhaps I asked for 3 key Words and improvised a song on the spot. The crowd went crazy!
I keept on writing songs and practing the guitar and decided to pursue a Phd in Business Administration as the flexibility would allow me to keep improving my song-Writing on the side. I set the goal to practice minimum a hour every day and see if I could get a record deal at the end of my PhD. I am a dreamer baby! :0)
Me when I started writing music back in 2000. Its clear I am a Dreamer :0)
I got my PhD in Business Administration but no record deal. I had send demos to all the big record labels but all kindly declined my wonderfull offer. No Wonder! That is considering my skill level at that time. I am a dreamer but I also works hard. I kept on writing songs and playing a bit but Work life took over. I still produced several songs with different producers. When I listen to these today I am surprissed how bad they sound. But I kept on because I could not help. Its my mission in life!
Work life took more and more over. However, after a split with a outstanding girl friend that I was together with more than 5.5 years I in the middle of 2014 decided to dedicate my sparetime to create the great songs I dreamt about in the past. I knew I could do it. Again, I simply feel its my Mission in life.
I recorded a hand full of songs in 2015 with Christian Wulff a Danish Producer. We among other produced my Heritage a very personal Development song. A great learning experience. To learn even more I also started to Work with a top producer from Prague in the beginning of 2016. I learned a lot from that both it was not the right collaboration for me. Furthermore, I also started to Work with another Producer Christoffer Høyer in 2016 to continue the learnings. Also, a very learningfull experience.
I also started to integrate my singing more and more into my every day life. That Means when ever I went somewhere with my car I practiced singing and during work breaks the same etc. I thought instead of separting activities the key is to integrate them when possible!
August 2016 I attended the Vocal Insitutes One Week Singing course. It showed me how much there still was to learn but also provided techniques and clear approaches to pursue. In addition, it also confirmed that my improvisional skills are second to none. Vocals and music theory was another story..
I also developed my first two music videos in 2016 ("So Cold" and "Alone"). I even edited the first version of "So Cold" giving me a basic undertanding of how much there goes into making a gret video. I then have Marek from Prauge help me edit the Alone video with a much better result. He has an truely awsome spirit and is a true artist him self. However, things really took off when I aquired my own Little home studio and producer tools end of August and just started exploring sining based on different backing tracks. I found that changing the backing track could change a song from awful to good and even great! Some times we perform at a very low level because the "backing track" does not support bringing out the best in us. That was a very big discovery for me. However, things took even more off (Like a rocket) when I in October 2016 out of the blue i started to Work with David Sivano! He Co-Produced some numbers for me that I had started on in my Little home studie and with my producer tools. Our communication was brilliant and his Work too! This despite we only communicated via Mail and Viper as he lives in CEBU on the Phillipines!
To the left David Sivano and me to the right...
David helped me to have a third music video ("My Heritage) edited based on my own footage I had made with my Iphone! The editor was Piero Vergara and he did an amazing job! So I asked David about the possibility to have music videos made from script, production with cast and crew to editing. Based on the conversation I booked flights tickets in October for between December 23-5th Januar. During that time I with a crew and cast worked on the production of 5 music videos. Also, David and I finalized the songs for the music videos. I also wrote 12 songs during that my visit to CEBU and David and I started to record a couple of the songs. We had the best time in the studio! It was a bliss!
David and me In the House of Indies Studio In CEBU..
Some shoots from behind the scene of the Music Videos to come ...
While I was in CEBU I told David I would write minimum a song per week in 2017 to harnesh my song writing skills. He also recommended me to buy a Piano too and practice my vocals.
I studied my own song texts and those of the greats and 14th January I had already reached my year target. Its insane but 14th January I had written 52 Song texts! And with the last to weeks of 2016 I had written 64 song texts. I was so inspirred from everything and really went Deep into a exploration and writing mode constantly looping back and forth to my text, content and the structures of my best songs and songs structures by the greatest of all time. Loved it!
When I came back from CEBU I by based on the recommendation from David also bough by first piano and I have practiced every day since. I can already sense differences in my way of singing and listening to music. Before I always heard the vocals in the foreground and not so much the clariy of the "tones" behind. Now I am actively listning for the music behind the vocals and sensing the natural boundaries for singing within that... Love that too!
My music Goals for 2017. Minimum 52 Songs (DONE), improved vocals (In Progress) and music theory understanding (In Progress), able to play the chords freely from the Circle of Fifths (In prgress), producing 20-40 songs together with David Sivano (In Progress) and to initiate the NeXT music videos.
Thats all for now. Looking forward to update you on the Journey ahead and I hope you will follow along...
Warm Regards and musical Hugs.