HBR Quick Fire Questions – December

To round up the year we caught up with Hassan again. We dug a little deeper into what make Hassan tick musically and what lies ahead for HBR

 

1. What has been your most memorable moment of the last year?

Hearing my son say Baba


2. How do you balance your music with other obligations – Spouse, Children, Job?

I stopped performing and writing for 7 years to focus on family, business, and show jumping.
At one point with touring and writing new albums my life became very linear and I needed to go out and do different things. The lifestyle got to me and I basically couldn’t handle it.
Now that I went out and experienced other things I am ready to dive back into music.
Plus my approach to music is now enjoyment. If I’m not enjoying it then I don’t want to do it.


3. How often and for how long do you practice?

Not enough. It’s one of my new year resolutions.


4. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

We were not a very musical family. Lots of art but not much music. I kind of picked it up on my own.

My first clear memory of grooving and liking a tune is listening to Men at Works ‘Down Under’ in the back of my moms car. That song always takes me back.

Fondest music memories are every Pearl Jam concert. I recently went to see Eddie Veddder at the Apollo in London. Classic!!!

And of course every single Beanstalk gig as a roadie. Those were the happiest and most magical days ever!!


5. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Learning to sing every song on Ten by Pearl Jam.


6. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Pearl Jam and what they are all about. I love rock n roll, thats the genre I’m in. Sometimes with electric guitars and sometimes with acoustic guitars.

 


7. What made you realize that music was your path?

The therapeutic effect it had on me. I started writing in 1997 and haven’t stopped. I’ve tried to stop but writing lyrics and melodies comes to me naturally.

Once I understood the process of idea, demo, recording, and then live performance I got hooked.

Ideas come for free. U can have as many as u want and it costs u nothing.


8. How has your music evolved since you first began playing?

Generally I think my music has mellowed out. I’m not as angry at the world as I used to be. Although the world is a much crazier place than when I was growing up I can view it and write about it from a much more mature and reflective place.


9. Could you briefly describe Your music-making / song-writing process?

I randomly hear lyrics and a melody. If I like what I hear I lay it down on my phone. Every few weeks I take those recordings and develop the ideas into songs. If the idea develops quickly then I keep it. If it begins to stall I ditch it quickly and move on to other ideas.

Once I have a few full songs I open Logic. Get a drum beat and lay down my vocals dry.

I then play something over it or I send it to my long time friend and music collaborator Charlie Casey who helps me develop the tune musically.

Once the demos are done we get the band in a room and start playing and getting the songs ready for the stage or the studio.


10. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on Tour?

What happens on tour stays on tour 😉


11. Given that we are about to enter a New Year, what hopes do you have for 2018 and why?

Musically: I want to release an EP and do a few shows in Europe, Dubai, and Bahrain.

Life in general: I just want to be happy and not let anything stress me out, it’s not worth it. Life is too short so just be happy and enjoy it.


Wishing you all Blessing and Peace in this New Year!
Ciao, HBR

You can still Download the Current Album “A Better Yeah” free from the website: http://www.hassanbinrashid.com
And follow updates on:
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Twitter: HBRHassan
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HBR Quick Fire Questions - November

We caught up with Hassan on his travels to grab some answers to our Quick Fire Questionnaire. We thought this a good way to keep informed as he doesn’t seem to stay still for long. In fact he did this on the road… or on his latest Space travels!

 

1. What have been listening to this month?

A lot of instrumental stuff so that I have space for words as I’m writing a lot these days.
Songs in the frequency of 432Hz ‘the miracle’ tone. That opens up my mind and helps me be clear to write


2. What countries have you visited this month

Bahrain – Dubai – Bahrain – Dubai – Bahrain – Dubai. Every week!! Not complaining, just saying, lots of Bahrain and Dubai.


3. What are your music plans for 2018

Get the band on stage.

I have enough material for a new album. But I don’t want to go to the studio.
I’d rather play the tunes with the guys and work on the songs in a rehearsal room. Do a few gigs over summer in London and Dubai in winter.
And jump in the studio when the time is right.


4. What is your favourite item of clothing?

Swimsuit.


5. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? And why

Stones. Harder.
I’m not smart enough to appreciate the Beatles. Maybe when I get a bit older.

 


6. Name your all time favourite track that You have written and recorded

Manakin.
The song is about a coming revolution that we let happen without doing anything about it. Could be an internal or external revolution. Everyone goes through an internal revolution before they decide to change/better themselves. Which then becomes and external revolution.

That song changed my life. I also know that it changed other people’s lives and that really really affected me. It made me realize the power of music all over again. I no longer take music for granted which I did do for a long time.

I’ve went back to those roots as I was writing the new material.

 


7. Favourite Meal you have eaten recently and where?

My one year old son and I shared a bowl of fruits watching the sun set on the beach.
It turned into one big food mess. Fun!!! We stained the white towel purple and red and laughed our butts off.
Classic moment.


8. If you could take one thing with you on a trip to Mars, what would it be and why?

My wife. Wouldn’t make it that far without her!


9. Favourite Album cover artwork ever?

Pearl Jam – Vs


10. When will you be releasing your next piece of music?

Probably an EP or LP next year. Or maybe just a single on Spotify. The kids are into that these days. And I’m still a kid 🙂


Wishing you all peace, love and happiness 🙂
Ciao, HBR

You can still Download the Current Album “A Better Yeah” free from the website: http://www.hassanbinrashid.com
And follow updates on:
Facebook: HBRhassanbinrashid
Twitter: HBRHassan
Instagram: hassanbinrashidmusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HassanBinRashidMusic


WaterAid Fundraising Achievement

Really cool to receive a letter from WaterAid thanking us all for the donations you guys made! We raised £1400. Check out what they said:

We did really well and are at 140% of our target total!
Please, feel free to add more at anytime
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hassan-bin-rashid-watering

#WaterAid #Love WaterAid UK
WaterAid is an international charity. Their mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.


HBR New Album Update / Live Gigs

After writing the five new demos. I felt that it was time to get back on stage before recording a new album. Other than a few gigs here and there, It's been eight years since I've done a proper tour. So I've been working on a live set and will update as things develop.

I have started rewriting songs from four albums and getting them ready for stage. Will be aiming to perform the songs in the same vibe as the 2Seas Acoustic Sessions I did with Jamie Moses, Danny, Melvin, and Hamish.

The journey of music has been a very interesting, uplifting, and healing process for me. I hope this will be another interesting chapter to the HBR story.

As this new journey begins, I find myself traveling to South London once a week. Here are some shots I took of some graffiti I pass on the way to the studio with Jamie Moses.

In slow motion 🙃

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