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  • Writer's pictureMajid Alhusseini

Adam Nabeel-The Omani Artist Creating a Lane For Himself With His Signature Melodies and Vocals

Adam Nabeel is an Omani artist & producer who first appeared on the scene in 2018 with his debut EP "Downtime." Floating between Afro-fusion, Arabic sounds & R&B, his unique sound stands out and encapsulates the listener. Having lived in the UK, LA, and Dubai, Adam works to represent and shed light on Omani creatives. Many years and several projects later, Adam continues to be an artist that represents the region and creates amazing music.

What was your first interaction with music? 

I was always surrounded by music, but my first interaction with it was when I picked up the guitar at around 7 years old. I was blessed with a mentor that taught and inspired me to find my own voice through my guitar. I still carry those lessons with me today.

Who were your inspirations growing up?

It's hard to put them all down but my top three were Carlos Santana, Sean Paul and Timbaland. I'm manifesting to work with all of them one day.

What made you want to put out your first song?

To be honest, it was a very impulsive decision with not much thought put behind it. Recently I've been working on getting back to that place, mentally.

How do people outside the MENA region react when they find out you're an artist from Oman?

Most of the time they've never heard of Oman, so I feel blessed to be able to shine some light on my country through my music.

What is your songwriting process like? Do you come up with concepts for songs or do you just go in the booth and freestyle? 

My process depends on the mood and state that I'm in. A lot of the time, I'll just freestyle with melodies + lyrics and the concept will reveal itself when I'm done. Sometimes, I'll just go through life and hear a word or phrase that piques my interest and start writing based on that. I always try to pay attention to how the beat makes me feel and go from there.

What do you think about the music scene in the Middle-East and Oman specifically, where do you see it going in the near future?

The scene in the Middle-East is booming right now. My bro Danny Hajjar said it best, "Arabic music is on the brink of a global breakthrough", and I couldn't agree more.

I think there's a lot of talent and untapped potential in Oman specifically, but with everything happening around us, I'm confident that we'll take up our own space really soon.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Everywhere haha.

What is the inspiration behind your latest single “AISHA”? Aisha is about a tantalizing and captivating woman; the kind that you don't come by often. If you are one or know one, this is for you. The song features a fusion of Arabic and African instrumentation, how did you come to develop this sound and do you see it becoming its own genre in the future? The plan is to create a sound that reflects who I am as an artist. Being an Omani with East-African roots, I'm always pushing for new ways to combine the best of both worlds. AISHA is a manifestation of that, and I can definitely see this sound becoming its own thing in the future “AISHA” features you singing in Arabic for the first time, what made you want to sing in your native tongue? Arabic is one of the most beautiful and poetic languages. Over the last 2 years, I've been immersing myself into Arabic music for the first time and it's really opened my eyes to its charm. It's important to me that I represent and lean into my Arab culture, so this song marks the beginning of that journey. What's Next For You? I've got more Arabic-focused records lined up and I'm excited to share them soon. Especially the one that's dropping next - it's a personal favorite.

From the beginning of your journey until now, what are the 3 most important things you’ve learned?

1) Stay true to who you are

2) Live, love, laugh and then talk about it in your music.

2) Don't compare your growth to someone else's.

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