2015 going on 2016

My absence on here has been long, and I’ll try not to forget anything that happened during these past two months.

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After we launched our company Black Howl, we focused on 4 a Cause again and threw that Smile 4 a Cause party to help out Global Smile Foundation. Our friends and other new friends showed up to that cool party, the music made sure of it anyways, and Romax, MAK and Padawan made them dance all night!

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We even launched our website before the end of the 2015 year. It was the first website I designed and I think it holds everything we do as a team and an organization. Make sure to check it out here.

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As those charitable work came to an end, I had been cooking a small plan to learn more about live production and live sound. That small plan worked and I got to join alt-J on their last leg of the tour. I wish I had planned sooner and got more time with them, but touring the UK with them has been a practical lesson and an eye-opener to my work.

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AWGComing back to Beirut, I had to check on a project I delegated to my team; Aziza‘s show. This was a very pleasant surprise, on both sides: discovering a new local talent and knowing that my team pulled it off while I was in a different country.
We also teamed up with Jim Beam for Brit Floyd’s show in Biel. That show has been coming to Beirut every year, and selling out every year. Some locals complain that they want new names and that recurrence is ridiculous… but, let’s face it. If it works for a promoter every year, why not? I can personally say, the lights on that show are breath taking.

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IMG_1833We finished up the month with helping around a TV show production for New Year’s. It was two hectic tiring days. Let’s say I still prefer the live music production over a TV production, but it was good checking out how other genres or teams work.

As I handed an illustration job that I can’t unfortunately show you, my focus shifts to more personal goals and some free time. I can’t reveal much, other that I’ve been talking about this personal project on the blog for more than a year, and I’m getting tired of it being just talk, but I think once it’s out, the satisfaction of crossing that finish line will be fulfilling.

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Luana Is Already Singing The Hills Are Alive

This month has been slower than others, but the rhythm has picked up lately with three projects.

FullSizeRenderI teamed up with a new production company Iron Heyoka for the surprise project (since we’re calling it that). It’s moving forward pretty fast. I’m mostly excited about this one, seeing the results and bringing a baby I’ve been waiting for, for the last two years, to action.

At the same time, the Sound of Music show is coming up. Luana and I met up with Guy, the production manager from the UK, to touch base on some points.
We move from mails and documents to on ground production on Saturday.
The challenge this time is managing a whole team for a show, from A to Z.
This is not just a one night concert, and I’m not just managing the stage or assisting the production manager.
Let’s hope all goes well and I won’t have to hide under a rock after that.

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As for Mashrou’ Leila
The guys have been working hard on their fourth album. I guess I’m just proud to just watch that journey.
They also managed to launch a campaign with Absolut, which will allow the public to write lyrics and create a storyboard with the band for an upcoming single.
Which explains the #ma3Leila tag (#withLeila).
Unfortunately, having the Sound Of Music show at the same time of their next concert dates, I won’t be able to join them in Paris and Torino.

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LinkedIn is Back for More

LinkedIn got back to me for more. While in Paris, I worked on their Adha card design.
The arabic typo, design and calligraphy is a new territory for me. Quite enjoyable.

That’s what resulted.

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I still got Music 4 a Cause on the side. Progress is slow. But most of the project is ready.
The online marketing is well.
Some newspapers and magazines called up to write about it. That’s when you realize you’re doing a good job.