Exclusive Mix & Interview
February 11th, 2018
City: Washington D.C.
Country: United States
Genre: Tech-House / Techno
Label: Younan Music
Release Type: Digital
Saeed. Please introduce yourself, who you are, and what it is that makes you get up every day.
I am Saeed Younan and I was born in Baghdad, Iraq in the 70's and moved to the U.S in the 80's.
Creation, motivation and my work ethic is what gets me up every day.
Take us through your early days as an artist. Any special memories you’d like to share?
I was a Hip-Hop DJ in the late 80's, DJ'ing house parties and high school dances. My first production was released in the early 1990's under Strictly Rhythms' sister label, Gossip Records. After that, I launched Addictive Records with a partner in 1998.
"Creation, motivation and my work ethic is what gets me up everyday."
Your tracks from the late 90’s, early 2000’s until now. What has changed in your sound?
Tribal Progressive was very big in the late 90's and early 2000s. My sound still has that Tribal feel, but without the old school Progressive sounds. It's more Techno / Tech-House driven.
Take us through the evolution of your production process.
I take ideas and inspiration from music I play out as a touring DJ. I see what works and bring those ideas back to the studio and try to create similar vibes. My main DAW is Logic but I also do a lot of my DJ edits using Ableton Live.
Can you describe to us the feeling you get when you hear other artists playing your tracks?
It's very fulfilling to hear other DJ's playing your productions. Even more satisfying is watching the crowd's reaction to it at a festival or a club dance floor.
Out of all the American cities, who shows you the most love?
It's almost impossible to pin down one city. Every place I visit is special in its own way. There is a special connection and love that happens every time I play my hometown of Washington D.C.
I guess because most of the people that do come out to hear me play, know the journey it has taken me to get to where I am today.
"There is a special connection and love that happens every time I play my hometown of
In terms of projects and releases, what can we expect in 2018?
I'm working on few originals and collaborations with DJ Joeski, Harry Romero, DJ Fronter - plus a few others. I'm also remixing a track featuring Sandy B on the vocals and working on releasing a full length artist album.
Favorite street corner in D.C. (Washington, USA). Why?
M St. in Georgetown. It's where I use to spend most of my time - record shopping, eating, meeting and hanging with friends back in the day.
Saeed, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration? Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
The music in this mix was compiled using my tracks along with tracks of artists I've signed to my label, Younan Music.
The inspiration comes from the younger, newer artists that are super talented, and that I feel need recognition in this crazy and tough industry we call, "The Music Biz."
Younan Music (and this mix) is an avenue for these artists to showcase their amazing productions and talent, along with my own. It's all labor of love and it's all about giving back.
Here's a little something you may not know about me, Yoga and Meditation has become a big part of my life over the past few years. I've started dabbling in producing music for Yoga and Meditation under the name "The Deepart Project". It's a side project that I'm very proud of and you'll probably hear more about it in the future.
For more info. Visit my official website www.SaeedYounan.com