Saeed Younan talks debut album two decades in the making, ‘Morph’ [Q+A]

In selector’s circles, Saeed Younan‘s name is one that commands due respect. The Iraqi-born DJ has built a world-class career as one of dance music’s most beloved producers over the course of more than two decades in the game. Younan knows its not all glitz and glamour though—he’s endured both prosperity and hardships, from fleeing a conflict-torn region, eventually landing in the U.S. in the early 80s, to rising through the dance music ranks well before EDM become a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Younan would eventually sharpen his chops behind the decks through the discovery of hip-hop, which would eventually give way to club culture, and thus, his introduction to house music. From there, the rest is history. Though now, after years on the scene, Younan has delivered his debut full-length debut artist album, Morph, with the intention of celebrating his narrative as both an artist, and a person. The record carries on the multicultural passage that has helped shaped Younan’s signature tribal, percussive sound, and, as Younan himself puts it, “You could say I have morphed from a wide-eyed DJ traveling the world to a seasoned musician with a story to tell.” Morph is that story. In an interview with Dancing Astronaut, Saeed Younan discusses what inspired Morph, what it feels like breaking out his Deepart alias, some sage advice for upcoming artists, and how Younan has evolved as both a DJ and individual the last 18 months. As a veteran DJ who’s seen the dance music space evolve over a lengthy career, what’s one thing you’d advise younger selectors with?In that vein, regarding the events of 2020, what can you tell younger, less experienced DJs/producers about pacing and the importance of mental health?Morph’ provides an eclectic array of electronic sounds with a genre-fluid flow. Tell us a about how the album reflects both where you are now, as well as where you started.Tell us a about what inspired you to break out your Deepart alias for the new album?What is one thing about this album you hope listeners take away from it?How have you evolved in the last 18 months? Both as a professional DJ/producer, and on a more personal level, as a human being.As the country is rapidly emerging from the pandemic into a new, post-COVID-19 world, what is your mindset like? Tags: , , , , , ,
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