Writing

MAC Global and Dubai Opera Ring In The New Year with Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

MAC Global’s 2024 season is off to a fine start as the concert promoter brought Robin A. Smith and seven of his fellow musicians to the UAE to faithfully reproduce ‘as live’ one of the 1970’s seminal albums and best-selling instrumental album of all time; Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. “He’s a delicate creative force, a …

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Who Deserves To Be On The UAE Music Power List 2021?

Our local music industry heroes deserve more recognition. So we’re launching the UAE Music Power List to honour the creative talent and business minds helping the UAE’s music scene evolve. iamCrü’s Music Power List is a celebration of the dedicated individuals driving the country’s music and nightlife industry forward. Like elsewhere, it’s been a tough …

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Your Close Encounter with 10 Great Tracks to Celebrate World UFO Day

“I’d rather discuss things like life’s mysteries and aliens,” admits singer-songwriter RXTH. “I am fascinated by the recent official military disclosures of UFOs and claims that otherworldly beings are a much bigger part of our history than is commonly acknowledged.” It’s no coincidence, then, that RXTH’s new track Braveheart is released on 2 July – World UFO …

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Going For A Song

Multi-platinum songwriter and founding member of the Songwriting Academy, Tim Fraser was also made a member of Hollywood Elite Composers, in Los Angeles, last year. Hey Mag catches up with Tim to discuss his songwriting chops. Words Darren Haynes [First published in Hey Mag, April 2019] How did you get into songwriting? I started off, like any young teenager, thinking I’ve …

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The Songwriting Stuntwoman: An Interview With Rita Campbell

Rita Campbell is one of the hardest working people in the music industry. Having started writing songs at the age of 14, she learned her trade as a backing singer on the live music circuit. Her vocals and live performances made her famous in Russia and her songwriting skills took her to number one in the …

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Introducing Leah Depala

Leah Depala is a 14-year-old British-Indian singer-songwriter, based in Dubai. Her first single, Cold, has been streamed across all international music platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. A&R scouts, take note, she’s still unsigned… Words__Darren Haynes [First published in Hey Mag, September 2019] You released your debut single, Cold, in September 2018. Tell us a little …

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