So much! I used to listen to so much music like Arabic pop and scoring music, as well as classical music, rock, metal, reggae, indie rock etc., this was a very long time ago. When I look at myself now and my DJ Karrouhat sets, and how I jump between styles and music, I understand where it comes from. I don’t like boxes and frames or when people come and ask me about my DJ style or my favourite music. I don’t like to be categorised or associate with certain scenes because I feel this will limit me and my actions.
DJ Karrouhat is one of my projects, it is an extension of myself to where I connect with people and energies. When I do a live set, it actually takes so much of my energy and on an emotional level sometimes, right after a successful gig, I really need to take a break and disconnect from everyone and everything.
I got into the art world through this namesake because I was involved in the scene since the early 2000s, and when I started the DJ project I did so many performances as an Arabic reggae band. Sometimes I’m tough and take serious decisions with my projects if I don’t feel the purpose of something, even if it's successful and peaking I just stop it. I haven't said this in a long time but as a reminder to myself, the DJ Karrouhat project is all about love and since the start, it has been about having a good connection with my surroundings.
Karrouhat is an extension of me, Basil, my project was officially founded in 2008 when I first performed with a band.