Interview with Unmuted
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I was living in Sydney, Australia in 1997, I was around 9 years old at the time. That’s when Silverchair released their album Freakshow. I remember seeing the music video for Freak and being mesmerized by the sound and the visuals. That was my entry point into this music - I wouldn’t know what I would be doing if I had not.
How long has your band been around?
My solo-project Unmuted released it’s first song June 10th 2022 - so not very long at all!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Being from and based in the Middle East changes ones perspective on heavy music - we’ve had the full spectrum from performing and recording heavy music being illegal to now festivals and companies existing just to promote it.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
During the pandemic I started a livestream & podcast called “Unmuted Show”. When it came time to release the music, I thought about having it all go under the same umbrella and releasing the songs under the name “Unmuted” as well.
The name has become more than just a band/artist name. Because of the livestreams and the podcast it has become more about a community that found each other during the weirdest time of our generation. The people from all over the world that choose to support me through Unmuted allowed me to be able to record and release the music.
The name represents a community that has a lot more to say.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Don’t stop. A lot of times people take longer to release music or jump on stage for the first time… that’s the worst thing you can do. Release bad music. Release those homemade demos. Done is better than perfect, you’ll learn along the way.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
All of them. They all have a special and unique memory and message attached to them.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
A lot more music and a lot more collaborations with amazing musicians. For any and all news you can find everything at unmuted show