We are delighted to introduce you to Greyfade, a mesmerizing one-man alternative metal sensation from Dubai, whose captivating and genre-crossing sounds, intertwined with experimental eclecticism, forge an enthralling symphony that pushes boundaries and leaves listeners spellbound!!
[Blaster] Thank you for your time! What music did you grow up listening to?
Greyfade: Originally as a kid, i was a passive listener to music. Then, as I started growing up, I listened alot to Micheal Jackson. Around, the age of 12, my brother brought home a cassette of Metallica’s Black Album and I remember listening to the song “Sad but true” and I remember that my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and I fell in love with it. That song hooked me to Metallica and I started listening to their music non-stop. Then, i started discovering other metal bands like Megadeth (their supposed rivals :), Iron Maiden, the heavier stuff like Sepultura, Machine Head, Slayer, Death, Morbid Angel….
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Greyfade: Ever since I picked up a guitar, I felt the urge to write music. While I enjoyed learning my favorite songs on guitar, I felt that it’s not enough. I needed to express myself more through music. So I started writing lyrics and music. After I had a bunch of songs, I thought that I needed to record them. So I learned the basics of how to use DAW’s and I recorded and released a few songs on my own. That’s how I started. Now I work with professional producers and audio engineers to record my songs.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Greyfade: It’s very eclectic. On one hand you can find a very heavy song with growls and fast riffing and guitar solos and on the other you can find a piano driven or acoustic guitar driven song and everything in between. I describe it as Alternative Metal..
[Blaster] Is there an hidden meaning in any of your music?
Greyfade: There are no hidden meanings in my songs, but the songs can be abstract sometimes and I’d like to leave things broad so that the listener can relate to them with their own personal experience.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Greyfade: I write my own songs. Sometimes while recording in the studio, I bounce ideas with the producer and we make a few minor changes that better suit the song but mostly it’s me.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Greyfade: I generally write songs to express myself. Inspiration is driven by personal experiences that take place in my life. We live in an ever changing world. I draw inspiration from events that are happening around me a lot also
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Greyfade: No I don’t have a record label. I release songs independently. I’m part of IMRO, Songstrust and ASCAP
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Greyfade: Musically I’m inspired by musicians and bands I grew up listening to and newer bands that I grew to be a fan of. Metallica, Megadeth, Nick Cave, Iron Maiden, Anathema, Ghost, Sepultura, Steve Wilson, In flames, Alice in Chains, Slayer, Paradise lost, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and some electronic or synth driven bands like Ulver and Depeche mode
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Greyfade: As I mentioned earlier, currently I’m working with some producers. Generally, I write the lyrics and music to the songs and I go in the studio with full or rough demos. Then, in the studio, we discuss the song arrangement. Many times we stick to the original demo ideas and sometimes, we tweek and change a few things in the studio to make the song sound better.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Greyfade: Not giving up and to always be driven. No matter what happens, to always believe in myself, stay focused in my mission and succeed. Also, to establish a personal connection with my followers and fans. Those people inspire me to write better music and they are as much a part of Greyfade as I am. Lastly to keep growing and keep learning musically. The journey never stops.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Greyfade: My songs are very diverse. Sometimes, i write songs about stuff that I’m feeling like loneliness, sadness, betrayal or abstract things like finding answers to our unanswered questions, or stuff that I’m going through like relationships or current and past events that are happening or have happened around us like war, poverty, death, Covid, the world going insane 🙂 I’ve noticed that a lot of my songs are inspired by negative things. Maybe that’s when I’m most creative, I don’t know. But there are a a few “positive’ songs like embracing change or fighting for your dreams and realizing them. One thing though, I have to really believe or feel the topic that I’m singing about, otherwise, i wouldn’t feel true to myself while singing or performing the song.
[Blaster] What are you working right now? Did you release something in the past?
Greyfade: I’m constantly working on music. In fact, I just released a single last week. It’s called “ The barriers of the soul”. It’s a catchy. groovy, heavy song with a great Riff that deals with a relationship that has gone bad overtime and no one knows why.
I started releasing music in in 2012 ad 2016 i released my first full length album called “ Life”. This was followed by a few singles and an EP called Hopeless, Aimless, Soulless in 2017. It is a very dark Album and it has a cover song of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand”. Afterwards, I released a few singles and in 2019, I released my second full length album called “ The change”. This album is very diverse. We incorporated some electronic elements and there is a cover of Metallica’s Until It Sleeps. Afterwards, I released a few singles and in 2022, Another Ep called Where time stood still came out. Musically, this Ep was composed and improvised instantly in the studio. i didn’t write the music before recording it. I just wrote the lyrics and came up with the music on the spot while recording it. After that, I released a few singles, the last of which is the barriers of the soul. for the next year, I think the plan is to focus on writing and releasing singles. I think that’s what the music industry is heading into. However, the new singles that will be released will be a bit different. I always like changing up things. I won’t say more about this for now, you will just have to wait and see 🙂
[Blaster] What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Greyfade: The last one 🙂 Kidding aside, That’s a difficult question. Each of my songs mean something to me and each one of them touches me in a different way and holds a special place in my heart ( except maybe 1 or 2). My favorite song of mine constantly changes with time depending on my mood, my headspace, what I’m feeling… Right now ( and this might change tomorrow or sometime in the future) , there is a song that I released that’s called “Fight for Life”. It has all the components of Greyfade. Soft intro, heavy middle part, catchy chorus, blistering guitar solo, everything. I just love the way it sounds and I also like the singing in it a lot. Another thing about it which I like, is that it is a positive song with a positive meaning behind it and that is fighting for your dreams while you’re young and realizing that you achieved them when you’re old.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Greyfade: mmm, I’d like to collaborate with an artist that writes music a bit different than I do. So I would choose Nick Cave. His music is diverse and We are both border line insane 🙂 So I would think that if we were to write a song together, it would be very weird and that’s a cool thing in my books.
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Greyfade: For me writing and playing music is something that I have to do to stay happy and keep sane 🙂 So I’ll always find time to it no matter what. I have to always fit it in my schedule. No matter what, I have to play music on an almost daily basis. It’s a must for me.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Greyfade: My music is written from the heart and it’s a way for me to express myself. If the people that listen to my music like what they hear and vibe with the songs, then I wish them to make the songs their own. If someone thinks that a particular song speaks to them, then I wish that they can make it their own. They can know that they are not alone in this world and someone else, a complete stranger, feels like them and, in that instance, they are not strangers anymore.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Greyfade: My music is true, honest and pure. Many times it’s sad and sometimes it’s happy. But that’s human nature. Stay true to yourselves and keep on fighting for your dreams. Carve your own path in life no matter how hard the journey is and let no one bring you down. Oh, and listen to Greyfade 🙂
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