QA: MUQATA’A / مُقاطَعة

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1. Who are you?

Muqata’a 

2. What do you do?

I make beats.

3. Where do you often create/produce?

At home, In my bedroom. I thought about having a separate studio space, but being able to wake up and start working right away, or working right before going to sleep is too sacred for me.

4. When?

Everyday in the morning mainly, but also evenings and very late at night sometimes. I don’t sleep too much.

5. Why do you play music?

The sense of urgency to create, respond, and intervene with what is considered fixed. It’s what keeps me going.

6. When did you start making music?

I was 12 years old. I found a demo software on a CD that came with a magazine about music, and all it can do, I think, was allow me to arrange ready-made loops on a sequencer, and that was fascinating. Then I started using more complex softwares. I also started learning the Piano when I was 7.

7. Which track defines you the most?

8. How would you describe your own music?

It’s difficult to describe my music without feeling like I am describing my life. It is on the edge, has abrupt changes, urgent, glitchy, broken, and loopy but never exactly the same.

9. Any track of the moment?

10. What influences your work?

Everything.

11. What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?

I studied music technology and theory, but didn’t complete the degree. I completed a useless Business Administration Bachelors (Bir Zeit University). I learned how to make music myself, and from many of the people around me.

12.Favorite book?

‘And Yet My Mask is Powerful’ by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme

13. Your dream collaboration?

My next collaboration.

14. Are you analog or digital?

Digital mainly.

15. Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?

Reason 10, Op-1, Sp404sx, Octatrack Mk2, Microkorg, Waldorf Pulse 2, Technics 1200s.

16. Describe your creative process?

I usually start with a sample, whether from field recordings, vinyl, or random bits from the radio, to get inspiration. Then the rest gets built on that. Drums come next to give a sense of direction and structure, and the bassline holds everything together. Then I add little sounds and hits all over the track, and go into micro editing mode to make it sound like I want it to. Sometimes the original sample from the beginning doesn’t make it to the final track.

17. When are you the most prolific (creatively)?

When I am isolated/unreachable for a long period of time. But also when I am under pressure.

18. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)

Not necessarily, but I’m mainly interested in collecting Arabic vinyl.

19. What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)

 Optimistic

20. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

Yes and no.

21. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)

I don’t! I need to work on that.

22. Any secret skills?

Yes, but they’re secret.

23. Any future plans?

Working on more music to release soon, as well as some film soundtracks.

24. What’s your life motto?

Everything is balanced eventually.

25. Any ‘mot de la fin’ ?

Nope. Thank you for having me!

MUQATA’A IS PLAYING QUA VADIS SHOW ALONG WITH KING VISION ULTRA & BONNIE BAXTER AT PUBLIC RECORDS THIS COMING FRIDAY (06/13/2019)