Under The Spotlight: Amr Shomali

On today’s edition of Under The SpotlightAmr Shomali also known as SHAM is a Jordanian music producer based in San Francisco who loves nothing more than shawerma, music, and art. He took the time to answer a few of our questions:

1) For those who don’t know SHAM, tell them a bit about yourself!

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My name is Amr Shomali. I’m an 18 year old business student enrolled at Skyline College in San Francisco. When i’m not producing, i’m usually asleep, eating, or playing video games. I also really enjoy playing sports! I absolutely enjoy abstract concepts and drawings, and thats why I made an anagram out of my name to make SHomali AMr.

2) How did you start producing music? What type of music did you listen to while growing up?

I grew up listening to almost everything. From Arabic music like Fairouz and Um Kolthoum to rappers like 2Pac and Eminem. I was so influenced by music that I decided that I want to make music not just listen to it. I downloaded FL studio and I just kicked off from there.

Do you stick to one genre when producing, or do you prefer experimenting every now and then?

I actually don’t! I really like to play around and experiment with my music and even though the base of my tracks are similar, I would like to think each track has its own special flavor.

3) If you could collaborate with 3 artists, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

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There are so many haha! I would say Illenium, Flume, and Take Five. I think each one of them is the best at what they do.

4) Who inspired you to be a music producer?

I think everything in my life ultimately influenced and inspired me to become a music producer at some point. From the songs I listen to my friends who play their music. My dad also played the piano and I picked up a bit on that, so that also is a major influence and inspiration.

5) Describe SHAM in 3 words!

Wavy, Unique, and Friendly!

Check out SHAM’s remix of Lucian and Olivera’s “Sober Heart” which is available on our SoundCloud!

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