I have performed with Legendary Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbany. I’ve done two drum clinics, one for DW drums, one for Roland.
I’m a professional Drummer, teacher,performer. I teach in music schools and privately. I perform in pub/bars/clubs. I play almost all styles with ease. I have great creativity and imagination. I started my career in 1996.
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Interview with Marcel Chalhoub
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My album. I’m proud of it because I went to all details. I was the principal composer/producer. I did its artwork, wrote all the lyrics, Choruses, Verses, Pre-Verses. I was present while the engineer was mixing. Almost any detail.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Music teacher. (Drums)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. It depends on the situation. Some specific types of music should sound the most natural possible, some other not necessarily.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: What they asked for, simply.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom of expression, most of the time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How do you play this, how did you compose that. Since I teach Drums my answers are always straight to the point, very professional.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What’s their culture, music education, social/cultural background. What expectation are they aiming for. What sound do they want. What type of music they like the most.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and be sure that your employee got exactly what you want. Communication is key in almost any job.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Bass Drum, A hi hat, A Snare Drum, A crash and a Ride cymbal.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in 1996. I played live with almost all local artists of Beirut, in almost all major festivals.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A mixture between Jazz, Funk, Fusion and Drum n Bass.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Keith Jarrett, because I love improvised music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Almost all except classical.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creativity, Imagination.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It depends how much freedom I have to express myself.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Acoustic Drums: DW drums, 14 snare, 10,12,16 toms,floor. Bosphorus Cymbals: 14 Hats.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Keith Jarrett, Nerve, Squarepusher, Prodigy, Nine inch nails, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Trilok Gurtu, Vinnie Colaiuta,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live Drumming