Humoud Al-Humoud is a well-known musician in the local scene. Most people remember him from Freefall (now known as Mount Alchemy). But we are eagerly anticipating his solo album, as part of the 7 mood project – his involvement with none other than himself. Let’s read on to see what Humoud can tell us about music.
A couple of your solo songs are odes to a past love. Are you holding onto something or is it a cathartic way to letting go of it entirely?
Usually? Neither. I write songs when I get inspired. I could be watching a movie or reading an interesting book and I get a strong urge to have to pick up a guitar and start writing straight away. Those moments are the most powerful, because usually the most gratifying melodies and tunes come to life.
I like the listener to have his or her own take on the lyrics, which can then be applied to personal experiences. That is what I aim for, lyrically.
We all have emotions that vie for our attention. And art helps us give those emotions a voice. Some people may argue that bringing the darker emotions to the surface will only keep the illusory-self alive, while others argue the resulting therapeutic effect can release any false notion of who we are. Which camp resonates more with you?
I must say that I relate more to the latter camp. Musically, I tend to respond greater to darker emotions and the outcome is very cathartic and gratifying. It is easier to write a slow song; slow songs seem to resonate every time.
You are also a guitarist. What do you feel when you can marry your lyrics to music?
Well, writing lyrics is not an enjoyable process for me, to be honest. It’s so much easier for me to come up with music than lyrics. Sometimes, I grab a pen and paper and start writing lyrics, and the outcome is strong enough that I become pleased with myself. And then the music arrives straight away to partner the lyrics. The end result is a song that makes me proud. However, most of the time I come up with music, and then I find the appropriate lyrics for such music. Writing music is an addiction.
Jimi Hendrix was onto something when he said that “Music does not lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, it can only happen through music.” Surely, it has changed your own personal world. Any tips on how music can transform our planet?
Music is an outlet, as well as a need. A politician speaks or issues a statement that can encourage people to move forward or stand together. Countrymen sing their national anthem all standing side by side, hands on hearts. Artist, poets and songwriters can have the same impact as well. For me, personally, I feel lucky to have the ability to express my feelings through music. And it feels like you are removing a heavy weight from your shoulders when you express yourself through creating music.
Finally, Humoud, what kind of songs can we expect to hear in your much-awaited upcoming album? In short, what’s the vibe, the underlying feeling? Pray, do tell us!
The upcoming album contains songs that I wrote years ago, which I did not have the chance to release yet, as well as songs that were written recently. The album is melodic, experimental and features local talent – who I had the pleasure of working with – singing with me.
To keep up with Humoud, follow him on YouTube and Soundcloud @7 mood, Facebook @7moodmusic and Instagram @7_mood_music. You can follow Nejoud on social media @nejoud.alyagout or visit her website www.nejoudalyagout.com.