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Community: Abbo

January 10, 2012

The British musician, who recently landed on the sandy shores of Dubai, shares his view of his new home

  • Text by Kate Hazell

Fresh from his debut gig in Dubai, at Fringe, Abbo is excited about the city's potential when it comes to nurturing new talent.

Satellite Voices: What makes you smile?
Abbo: Knowing I have made other people smile.

SV: What was the first thing you ever made?
Abbo: Wow, oh, um, I've made many things in my life as I grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Cornwall in England and had my own little workshop in a shed with tools and bikes and stuff I used to tinker around with. While everyone else was off surfing and playing sport, I was taking engines out of cars before I was 10-years-old. To answer your question simply though, I guess the first thing I ever made was a mess.

SV: What’s your dream project?
Abbo: That's easy. I would like to record an album in the same way the Rolling Stones did when they went and lived in a chateau in France for six months and came out with arguably their best album ever - "Exile on Main St". There is a making of documentary called "Stones in Exile" floating about, you should check it out it's a great insight into their recording process for this album. In fact I would go as far as to say don't listen to the album until you've seen the documentary. It may be an old fashioned time consuming way of recording but in my mind the best way.

SV: What do you wish you had written / created?

Abbo: I am drawing again on my engineering background. I would love to have created the perpetual motion electric car that charges itself while you drive it, or invent an easy way of turning plastics into oil, so people would maybe think twice before throwing any away thus solving the issue of what to do with that mounting problem in this world. But as we are talking about music, the easiest answer for me is that I recently wrote my first ever blog on my website listing the top five songs I listened to repeatedly this year, and I have to say if I had written those songs and put them out on an EP, then I would have been more than satisfied with the result. The five people in that blog are annoyingly good.

SV: Who’s work / art / music would you recommend on checking out?
Abbo: Wow that's a tough question to answer at the moment, you see I haven't been in Dubai all that long so my knowledge of the scenes great musicians and artists is somewhat limited. I follow the jam nights quite a lot too you can often find me at The Music Rooms on Tuesdays or at The Players Lounge on Fridays.

The best thing I can say is, if you like your music live then just scratch the surface a little, Dubai is vibrant in its art scene and is yet to be spoilt with the trappings of global commercialism that many musicians in other parts of the world are trying to fight against. The collaborative spirit between all the arts here is amazing as a result too. Dubai should be proud of the way it conducts itself artistically and creatively, and with a little patience it can reap the rewards when the rest of the world eventually takes notice which I'm sure they will if the talent I've seen here is anything to go by. That’s unique and pretty cool.

SV: How do you describe your work?
Abbo: Music to keep you company when you want to be alone.

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