We had a sit-down with DJ/Producer Sameh El Abd aka ABD, who has managed to emerge in the scene and establish himself in a short period while continuously evolving his style and skills.
ABD’s start was at a very young age when he acquired his first controller, a Traktor S2. It took him years of performing at private parties and practicing at home through watching online tutorials to reach the point where he could perform in official large scale events where he shared the stage with big local and international names in the industry such as Soulbutton, Heavy Pins, Asquared, Misty, Sadek and many more. Later on, ABD ventured into music production by launching his first EP earlier in 2019 titles Anthology, he is also scheduled to release a new Techno EP in January 2020.
Surprisingly, ABD’s biggest musical inspiration is Ray Charles, who ABD says taught him to love and see life solely through music. In the electronic music scene, Richie Hawtin, Reinier Zonneveld, Or:la, Joyhauser, Dawl, Kink and Boys Noize influenced him musically. The most memorable night for him as a performer and as an attendee, was his first gig at The Tap Maadi in January 2018.
We threw some quick Q&As his way, and here’s what he had to say:
What makes a good/booming night for a DJ?
It’s all about the crowd. A crowd that loves music and is not just coming to listen to their playlist.
What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
What is it that you love about the scene?
In general, the music scene in Egypt is expanding so fast and people are getting to be more open for listening to new sub-genres. Also, the best thing is that we’re building it like a big family, from artists and promoters to audiences.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Laugh Gas by Haroumi Hasouno
What festivals would you most like to play?
Dekmantel, Kappa Futur, Diynamic, Awakenings, Sonar, Meadows in the Mountains, Cercle, HYTE, and DGTL.
If you had the power to abolish one musical genre, which would you abolish for all eternity?
Dubstep, without even thinking.
Who are you listening to these days?
At the moment, I enjoy Reinier Zonneveld’s live performances in The Tap