The one and only Aziz Maraka has been a part of our events for some time now, so it was no surprise that we wanted the musically talented artist to be aboard the first version of Red Bull Jukebox in the Middle East and Jordan. in particular .
We sat down with Maraka for a short interview, asking him some interesting questions that allowed us to delve into who he is, what his past work looked like and what plans he has for the future. Read on to get to know him better!
How did your career start?
I’ve always had a love of music. As a child, I sang the words from my textbooks instead of reading them aloud. My parents have always had instruments around like keyboards and toy pianos and that always called me back. From that point on, I started playing the keyboard by ear and at the age of 12 I started learning music correctly. I got a scholarship from the University of Arkansas, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition. Once back, I did what I always had to do, and that varied between producing, organizing events, booking bands and singing. And soon enough, my singing career took off.
What did you do before you became an artist?
Absolutely nothing. I’ve always been a musician at heart, even if sometimes my doubts and fears slowed me down a bit. I thought about studying economics and following a certain path that society approves. But I didn’t, and I stayed true to the music, with encouragement from my parents. My father jokingly believed that I would be the worst employee if I did anything other than become a musician. Both he and my mom pushed me and kept me on my journey to my passion.
What inspires you to write music? Name some of your inspirations.
I listen to all kinds of music. Classical music, for example, makes me feel enriched. I’m usually motivated when I feel like I have the words that can be spoken on behalf of the company, when I feel like I can be that lawyer in a song. I write the song so fast when inspiration comes.
Any hidden talents we may not be aware of?
In addition to playing more instruments, writing music and singing, one hidden talent that I have and that I have decided not to keep in the dark anymore, especially after the COVID lockdown, is that I’m actually an awesome CS: GO player. It’s my little reward and I can spend up to 3 hours playing; it is a good stress reliever.
I love food! But if I had to pick a favorite it would be grilled fish, especially sea bass, and I really love Mediterranean seafood.
How would you describe your first collaboration on Red Bull Jukebox?
It’s interesting. The band and I needed to feel challenged lately. So, with Red Bull Jukebox, I love the challenge and can’t wait to be on that stage.
Are you nervous about the Red Bull Jukebox? How come?
Not really. As I said, I love the challenge and as a musician and producer, rearranging music is part of what I do, so it’s exciting for me.
Name your top 3 favorite songs!
Addi Ya 3’mira, Meen Gallek and Mafi Mennek
How do you feel getting on stage with A5rass?
I am super excited to take the stage with him! I am very interested in how it will turn out. A5rass and I cater to a separate audience and I think this is one of those rare times when two Jordanian artists perform for two very different mass audiences.
There may be a collaboration between me and him on stage, but you haven’t heard it from me.
Please use one word to describe the following:
What advice would you give to people who are afraid of following their dreams?
At the end of the line, you’ll only regret the things you haven’t done.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Quiet, because what was happening around me seemed too serious and scary for what they really were. Now, I have learned that whenever I am challenged or the world opposes me, it is only temporary and someday it will be so far in the past that I will not even remember it.
If you weren’t making music, what would you do?
I’m not sure. I think I’d wander around aimlessly, just thinking, “Why am I not making music?”
A message to your fans.
I love you guys, and I can’t wait to finally see you again in concert outside the digital world!