Born in Hell's Kitchen New York City, Fareed also known as El Boricua Arabe & El Boricua De la Bachata was a founding member of the legendary Freestyle group Spirit Matter. He's been in the music industry for over 30 years as a recording artist, street promoter, rapper, singer/songwriter and spoken word poet. He has a long list of accomplishments and here are just a few:
Member of the Hip Hop Crew Future Force along with Andrew Welsh, John Lindsey and Louis Sharpe a.k.a K7 of TKA/K7 at the world famous Roxy Nite Club as the opening act.
Recorded demo tapes with Full Force and Cultjam as a member of Future Force.
As a member of Death City Boyz Fareed was signed to Snowflake/Prism Records in 1985 and released his first single titled Bopsey Twins produced by Dj Tony Torres, Stephen Korlas and mixed by the now legendary Dj Frankie Bones with edits by Omar Santana. Bopsey Twins aired on WBLS Mr. Magic's Rap attack show. It is now considered an Electro Hip Hop classic.
Fareed and Andrew Welsh, formed the Freestyle group Spirit, co-wrote Crimes Of Passion signed by Silvio Tancredi (former head of Atlantic Records Dance music division) to Tropical Heat Records.
Crimes of passion became an instant club hit in the New York City Latin hip hop club scene and was aired on Hot 103 in various mix shows and Power 96 Miami's top Dance Music radio station on full rotation. Crimes Of Passion made it to number 3 in airplay and sales in South Florida and giving him the opportunity to perform to sold out crowds all over New York City's top Dance Clubs(1018, Hearthrobs, Roseland and Palladium), and Miami (Casanova, 1235 and The Hialeah Racetrack). Spirit Matter's Crimes of Passion is considered a Freestyle Classic.
Fareed and Producer Junior Galan started Sosua Sound Recordings and released Fareed´s debut Latin album-cd Love n Tears which spawned the now classic Merengue Track Bailando en La Play which became a Youtube international hit.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Growing up in the streets of Hell's Kitchen New York City I was inspired by the hardest working man in show business The late great God Father of Soul James Brown. I used to breakdance to Sex Machine and Rapped to Funky Drummer. Hip Hop culture and Funk Disco Rock Rap & Soul music made me want to write lyrics and perform.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The filming of my first Music Video Bailando En La Playa with a bunch of hot Dominican beautys unrehearsed we just hit record and history was made.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Performing on Live TV on Telemicro in Santo Domingo om De extremo a extremo.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My songs are like a diary of my life & travels. Also melodies dance in my mind and a lot of songs just come to me and never make paper go to my cell recorder then acapella and parts of the music i think up and collaborate with musicians.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Learning the business side as now you are responsible for your success and lots of scammers are out there taking money from hard working indie artists and doing nothing for them.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Hiring dancers that can keep up with my energy and passion to perform.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The Sahara as I wrote it in English and Spanish. The subject is about the love of 2 different cultures a western man in love with a Muslim Arab woman. My Grandfather was born in the Sahara so I had to represent.
What's coming up in the future?
More great songs and videos. I am the bridge between the Latin Pop Urban market and The American Pop market with an Urban base.
Tell us where fans can access your music?