Fareed El Boricua Arabe - 10 Questions Music Interview
Fareed also known as El Boricua Arabe & El Boricua De La Bachata was a founding member of the legendary Freestyle Group Spirit Matter. His successful career spans over 30 years as a recording artist, promoter, rapper, singer-songwriter and poet.
Tell us about your latest single and how fans can get it?
"Rock On" will be released January 1st. It will be available on all major digital outlets and cdbaby. It's a fusion of hard-rock, hip hop, Latin, Jazz and Reggaeton. The song is already being hailed as "groundbreaking and the first of it's kind." It was inspired by my desire to go back to my roots in hip hop and rock. I grew up listening to music by Carlos Santana, Run DMC, and groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
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 Hell's Kitchen New York City with a total mix of cultures i was exposed not only to the birth of Hip Hop-Rap music but to Rock & Soul Disco and Electro Funk then Latin Hip Hop later dubbed Freestyle. Also my Father was a Julio Iglesias fan so to me music was universal no matter what style or genre and they could be fused together to create a new sound.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? Apart from meeting Madonna at The Roxy performing on Dominican TV and at a performance in Miami a fan grabbed the string from my pants and tried to pull me off stage.
What has been the high point of your music path? Reinventing myself from singing background for my group Spirit Matter to becoming a solo artist and creating my own sound.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Songwriting starts with a strong melody then a catchy chorus as inspiration takes over and the lyrics flow like a river of thoughts and then i visualize the final product.
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? Getting the full exposure necessary to create a following without the support of commercial radio and MTV should have never stopped playing Music Videos.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Carlos Santana the greatest guitarist in my opinion still alive today. He seems very humble and I've been a fan of his for years.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I like to rehearse in the outdoors as i live part time in the Dominican Republic with a the whole community gets a free show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
What's coming up in the future?
"The World" as I wrote it also in Spanish El Mundo. A powerful message song.
What's coming up in the future?
I would like to start recording more new Music Videos and more creative songs to come. Tell us where fans can access your music?
Listen: Spotify. For more information about Fareed, please visit his website.
About Fareed El Boricua Arabe
Fareed started his music career as a 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.The Roxy performance opened up the door of opportunity for Fareed to record demo tapes with Full Force and Cultjam.
Fareed, Andrew Welsh, and John Lindsey formed the Hip hop group Death City Boyz. As a member of Death City Boyz, Fareed was signed to Snowflake/Prism Record and released his first single titled "Bopsey Twins." "Bopsey Twins" aired on WBLS' Mr. Magic's Rap attack show and is now considered an Electro Hip Hop classic.
After DCB decided to go separate ways, Fareed and Andrew Welsh formed the freestyle group Spirit Matter. Fareed had a chance run in with Frankie Bones at RPBC, a popular record pool in New York City. Frankie Bones was working at the time with Tommy Musto for Midnight Sun/Tropical Heat Records on a song titled "Crimes Of Passion." Fareed and Andrew collaborated on Crimes Of Passion and were signed by Silvio PTancredi (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. Soon after the song aired on Power 96 Miami's top Dance Music radio station on full rotation.
"Crimes Of Passion" changed Fareed's life forever making 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" hit big and today the song is considered a Freestyle Classic.
His follow up single titled "Betrayal" was one of the first Latin Hip Hop Dance songs to combine live Latin percussion with live guitar power chord samples often imitated in today's EDM sound. In 2012 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 Playa which became a Youtube international hit.
Latest Single, "Rock On"
Currently, his latest single, "Rock On," to be release January 1, 2020, is anticipated to surpass all levels of expectation, taking Fareed to the top of his already successful career and declaring him as today's leading recording artist for multi-genre hits. With a fusion of rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz and reggaeton, "Rock On" is a universal sensation not to be missed.
Get ready for the release of "Rock On" on January 1, 2020 on all major digital outlets including cdbaby.