“I allow you to step throughout me / (however child, I’ve had sufficient, now I’m performed),” sings Bahjat initially of “I’M HERE,” the brand new tune from the electro-pop sensation. Dancing between English and Arabic with grace and agility, Bahjat unleashes the primary section of “Mission A-Pop” with precision and angle. The tune and accompanying video — premiering right here on HollywoodLife – search to reintroduce Bahjat to the world as a expertise many can be silly to disregard.
“I wrote ‘I’M HERE’ throughout quarantine in 2020,” shares Bahjat. “Not solely was it such an unsure time in our lives on the whole, however I used to be additionally getting a whole lot of pushback from individuals within the business who have been questioning my imaginative and prescient and my determination to combine Arabic and English lyrics. It’s type of my ‘comeback’ tune in a approach, as a result of it captures the second I obtained fed up with all of the criticism and determined to carve my path by myself phrases.”
“Sonically, I wished to pay tribute to the Okay-Pop group,” he provides, “and the sound of the artists’ debut songs, as a result of I really feel like I’m debuting another time with my new tackle world Arabic music, which I’ve been calling ‘A-pop.’”
Bahjat explains that the music video can also be emblematic of this comeback. “I wrote the tune as a response to the pushback I obtained for mixing Arabic & English in my music. With the video, I wished to represent all of this in a narrative set in a heist, the place a bunch of younger Arabs and I plan to take over a constructing. This constructing is a metaphor for the music business, and the mission is known as ‘A-Pop,’ which is the title of the music model I’ve been cultivating. It pays tribute to the Okay-pop group and their phenomenal world achievements.”
“To me, ‘A-Pop’ is the fusion of world and Arabic tradition,” continues the singer, “so within the video, I wished to focus on and embody Arabic symbolism within the units, outfits, and equipment. I additionally went out of my consolation zone and experimented with outfits I’d by no means worn earlier than and danced in a music video for the primary time ever! I hope the video empowers individuals to be their genuine selves it doesn’t matter what anybody else says.”
Born in Libya, Bahjat fell in love with music at a younger age, instructing him to play keyboards at age seven and studying guitar at age twelve. First taking inspiration from artists like Lorde and Taylor Swift, Bahjat started to add covers to YouTube in 2011 when he was simply fifteen. A couple of months later, warfare broke out, and his household fled for Malta. As a refugee, Bahjat and his household handled having their lives fully modified. Music, it might appear, can be the one fixed in that ever-chaotic panorama.
After Bahjat and his household obtained their footing, he continued his pursuit of music superstardom. He packed a backpack and traveled to Stockholm to knock on doorways – actually – of producers to assist him make the music he wished to make. Finally, he landed a spot in Musikmakarna – a pop music academy within the north of Sweden — the place he constructed a robust community of songwriters and producers. In 2019, he launched his breakout single, “Instanbul,” which has racked up over 35 million streams and 150 million YouTube UGC views. Along with his debut EP on the best way – A-POP – Bahjat is able to take the subsequent step in his profession.