Marcel Chalhoub


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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

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Music teacher. (Drums)

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not yet.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. It depends on the situation. Some specific types of music should sound the most natural possible, some other not necessarily.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: What they asked for, simply.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The freedom of expression, most of the time.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. 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.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. 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.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Know what you want and be sure that your employee got exactly what you want. Communication is key in almost any job.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: A Bass Drum, A hi hat, A Snare Drum, A crash and a Ride cymbal.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I started in 1996. I played live with almost all local artists of Beirut, in almost all major festivals.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: A mixture between Jazz, Funk, Fusion and Drum n Bass.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Keith Jarrett, because I love improvised music.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Almost all except classical.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Creativity, Imagination.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: It depends how much freedom I have to express myself.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: Acoustic Drums: DW drums, 14 snare, 10,12,16 toms,floor. Bosphorus Cymbals: 14 Hats.

  35. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  36. A: Keith Jarrett, Nerve, Squarepusher, Prodigy, Nine inch nails, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Trilok Gurtu, Vinnie Colaiuta,

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: Live Drumming

Gear Highlights
  • Drums: DW collector five piece kit
  • Bosphorus cymbals
  • Roland Spd 30
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