DIVAZ x AMIR EID
With a voice that could be distinguished from miles and miles away to creating music that could lift you and literally take you to another dimension, Amir Eid is an artistic gem of our generation that can’t be denied. Eid’s pursuits haven’t stopped with the remarkable, groundbreaking success of Cairokee as he also keeps testing the water in other creative fields that may come his way such as acting. A true artist and creative, Eid’s main and only focus is his fans and his art. DIVAZ had the pleasure of sitting down with Eid to get to know better everything behind this exceptional mind.
Production DIVAZ OF ARABIA
Strategy Temple Artists
Creative Director Ämr Ezzeldinn
Video Bassem El Dabbour
Article Aya Nassar
When did you decide music was what you wanted to do?
Music was always what I wanted to do, but I took the decision after I started to work in a bank and I discovered that I want freedom.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Watching Oum Kalthoum on national tv and being fascinated by her charisma.
Who would you say was your biggest influence from when you first started till now?
Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the Beatles and any good songwriter.
You’ve performed in multiple European countries, How was the experience different abroad from performing in Egypt?
In Egypt, Cairokee is one of the biggest bands or artists in terms of audience attendance, numbers and also production.. I believe we break many records. In Europe, it's more intimate and much smaller concerts, we sing for like 5 or 10 thousand people max.
What’s the fastest piece of music you’ve written? And which one did you struggle to work on the most?
The fastest one was "Ethbat Makanak".. I think 7 minutes. The hardest one was "Noata Beda".
Several of Cairokee’s songs are literally considered the sound of the January 25 revolution. How has the revolution affected you?
We were lucky a lot of people related to our songs during the revolution, but we didn’t do anything special. We were like millions of Egyptians saying, thinking and doing mistakes like all of them .. I don’t know how it affected me. I’m still trying to figure it out.
You acted for the first time in Lama Bentwled (When We're Born). Tell us about this experience and Is acting something you see yourself doing often alongside music in the future?
I didn’t really plan or think that much. It was a coincidence, but then I enjoyed it so much. In the future, I don’t know, but I’m sure that music is my priority and what I love waking up in the morning to do.. I feel blessed. I haven’t felt that with acting till now.
What is your proudest moment in all of your journey so far?
Nothing related to music or my career… but I was proud when I decided to work on myself as a human being and I’m still working.
If there’s something you’d like to change through your work.. in the Middle East, in the industry, in people’s mindsets, what would you like to leave behind?
For me, It was easy to learn guitar, write songs, and compose music. The hardest part for me was learning art .. so I want to leave art behind me. Not just songs.