Interview with Ortega (@alhassanortega)

103

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I started in the music industry since 2005, the beginning was very difficult and faced many obstacles due to the lack of sufficient instruments in the music industry. Patience and persistence gave me the motivation to continue my music career. In the year 2007, I released a song that was insulting and insulted from the school, and then they expelled me from the school because the rich were a scratch, and the news was published in the local newspapers in the Emirates. It was an experience and I learned from it, and after that, I felt frustrated and desperate, after which I decided to change and issue meaningful songs until I released my first album, which was in the year 2010 titled “I Challenge the World”. The album caught the attention of the community and decided to continue to the right path in music. In 2009 I founded my own record label, “Ghost Records” Until this moment, five albums were released to me, the last of which was in 2019, titled “Shadow”. The album was published to all music platforms such as Apple, Spotify … etc. One of my albums was released on Israeli radios in 2013, and then I felt proud of my musical message reaching the community in the right way. I have been working with many interviews in the UAE, specifically in Dubai.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

First since my childhood and I loved hearing western songs from the late nineties I was very young and my big brother was starting to play Western songs and I think the first Western song that I heard it was in 1998 a song about the World Cup: “Ricky Martin – La Copa de la Vida” I was just sitting on TV waiting to hear the song. And in the year 1999, I remember a song that I heard on the TV “BackStreetBoys – Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” This song entered a lot I loved and it was the first song I memorized in my life and I used to sing it to my friends and I was a lot surprised by the hook method in the song. Then in the year 2000, I heard the song “Five – We Will Rock You” This song I loved it a lot and I have addicted it, even at school we used to sing it. After this song, I loved Western art. After that, I started searching for the Western songs and suddenly I heard “Eminem – My Name Is” And because of this song, I loved rap, and I liked Eminem’s songs his style is very terrible.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

  • Patience is the most important thing in the field of music.
  • Continue to offer music.
  • Don’t despair.
  • Don’t pay attention to envy.
  • Diversity of music styles.
  • Listen to the audience’s advice.
  • Humility and contentment.
  • Listen to old music and to the new music for learning.
  • Be unique.
  • Depend on yourself.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

There are only two people in particular who have affected me significantly and longer than others, Eminem and my fans only.

When I first heard Eminem, I loved rap and hip-hop in general. Every song that Eminem releases, I start feeling it inside. Eminem inspired me very much, and I was laughing at the funny songs and I was sad for the Eminem sad songs. The best song in hip hop history for me, “Eminem – Lose Yourself” to this day I’m listening to it because it terribly affected me in my music career.

The fans are an important element in my career because when I see my fan happy in what I’m doing on the music, I feel so happy.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I leverage my success in different ways, but mostly I bring goodness to the world by encouraging people of all regions, religions, and races to recognize our shared humanity through the music.

Music attracts everyone. It is possible to make people happy by words and by communicating the message through musical instruments. Music is the link between heart and mind. Music has become a community need but in the right way.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“It isn’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

It has been relevant in many parts of my music career. Doing something you believe in or achieving something great takes perseverance, resilience, and believing in yourself even at the most difficult times.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

https://www.facebook.com/alhassanorte

https://www.instagram.com/alhassanortega

https://twitter.com/alhassanortega

https://www.snapchat.com/add/alhassanortega

https://www.youtube.com/ortegamusic

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ortega/1472425143

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ymIKu1z2yFbt1zLAmCRFL

https://soundcloud.com/mcortega

https://alhassanortega.bandcamp.com/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s