(Picture By: Khaled Zohny)
Hany Mustafa is one of the purest talents in Egypt. You will recognize his magical vocal chords from a distance. Hany’s success doesn’t merely come from his talent; his passion about music is undeniable and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that I believe that one day he’ll make it and have a wide fanbase worldwide. We had a chat with the rock star and got to know more about who he is and how he got here.
Tell us more about Sada That. Why did you change the name, what should we expect after Laffa and what’s new for HanyMust?
We changed the name because Egoz was a different band in many aspects and it changed in every way possible. However, the energy is the same. Also it coincided with a different meaning than the one we’ve meant and honestly we feared the misconception. You can search it up to find out *hidden giggle* .We shall be playing a few more places to support our EP and will release a new track virtually. As for HanyMust, I am releasing a new track within this month that will be accompanied with a video (hopefully).
What pushes you to write a new song? Does it just happen or are you pushed by situations that you personally go through?
It could be anything. A real life situation, words combined together or just melodies in my head. Basically, I just delve inside myself to come up with a melodic translation of whatever it is inside of me as of thoughts or feelings.’
Would you say that your appearance in Sahibet Al-Saada multiple times helped with your career?
Certainly. The people who saw me on the program looked me up and found out what I really do, which was very rewarding in its own way. Since they realize I’m more of a musician rather than just a singer.
You’re a performer as well, you’ve been a part of Fabrica for some time. Do you see the performance industry growing?
With more organizations who are interested in arts and performances existing and more attention to music in Egypt, I don’t see why not.
Now let me ask, do you see an Egyptian musical happening soon? And if it ever happened, would you be a part of it?
There are some on the rising. However, the one I somehow fit in is probably still in the works. Hopefully I get to be a part of writing it.
Some musicians –well, a lot of musicians- are in for the fame, would you call yourself one of them?
I am not searching for fame but rather to broaden my scope of listeners. I don’t think I’m famous and don’t think it was ever something I longer to be. But I’d want to have a following who listen to what I do. My goal is to make listeners feel something, yet wonder.
What’s the main message that you want people to receive from your music?
Probably being yourself is the best policy there is. Also eat more chocolate.
Which musicians inspired you as a child?
Many. But the most important were The Beatles and Mohamed Abd El-Wahab; The Beatles were certainly a big deal and I always loved Mohamed Abd El-Wahab as both a singer and a composer.
If I asked you to pick one song for The Beatles and one song for Mohamed Abd El-Wahab, what would you choose?
Picking a song for my favourite artists is very hard. But at the moment I’d choose Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles and Kan Agmal Youm by Abd El-Wahab.
And who are your favorite musicians from the music scene nowadays?
I like Hawidro; it’s an African/Nubian fusion band with some really skilful musicians that emerged a few years ago. Massar Egbari are good too, they know how to choose good lyrics and mix it with great music.
Do you do anything other than music?
I used to work in a few corporate jobs but quit and now focusing on music solely.
You’ve been singing in English for quite some time, did it make it harder to you to reach a higher number of audience? And what made you sing in Arabic
I’ve always sung in Arabic. I just needed to find my voice among the many beautiful and talented singers in Egypt. I wanted it to be mine and recognized at instance.
If you can choose one singer or band to sing with in a concert, who would you choose?
A very hard question. Way too many. But from the living ones, maybe Sting. Mainly because he is varied. Like me, Sting does not believe in genres as much as he believes that every album should have a certain sound that identifies it. He covered musical styles from rock to jazz to symphonic which to me is an exciting thing. He tends to surprise me with his lyrical agility as much as his musical composition skills.
What do you think is wrong with the music industry in Egypt and why does almost every “famous” song sound like a cliché?
In my humble opinion, it’s a multitude of things. One thing is about awareness more than anything. It’s the lack of assessment to many musical ideas and genres for lack of a better word. Pop music is the simplest form of music in digestion and that is not just in Egypt but in the whole world. However if big pockets invested in a more variety of sounds and modern, creative or simply new formats of lyricism, maybe then things will change.
What would you do to change or even improve the music scene?
The one thing I could do to change that is keep making the music I believe in and hopefully help in creating a cult that believes in a revolution of sound to at least add, if not, change the music sphere within our borders and maybe in the world. Being the change rather than complaining about it.
You can also check out his tunes and covers on his Soundcloud page: http://www.soundcloud.com/hanymust
A message from us to Hany: Shine on You Crazy Diamond, we believe in your talent!