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Mohammad

Mohammad

Inspired by musicians and artists from all different areas - ranging from Queen to pop icons Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to classical masters such as Mozart and Vivaldi - Mohammad combines these multiple influences to create a sound all his own. His instrumental and vocal talent has led to his own style of music, tailored to his own sensibilities as a musician and an artist.

First song you ever recorded?

The first track I ever recorded is called "Anyone," which I also composed and produced. I had just arrived in Vegas and I came up with a melody that got stuck in my head. I got this urge to compose something based on the melody so I cut my trip short and drove back to LA. I got to my studio and worked on the track all night, finally wrapping up the piece at 2AM.

I sent it to my team and they thought it could be a hit, so I sent it to Elan Morrison (the co-producer on the track) and shortly thereafter we began to finish the track with all live instruments. A few weeks later we were shooting the short film Success Driven in which I play the lead role. The director heard the track and wanted to use it for the soundtrack. The soundtrack was later nominated for Best Soundtrack at the Idyllwild Cinemafest and also won Best Soundtrack at the AOF Film Festival.

Do you have any hidden talents?

When I was 5 or 6 I used to watch this cartoon called Footballistha, which was about these kids that were soccer players and their competitions. It inspired me to start playing and I even wanted to go pro. I became a goalkeeper and continued on playing through college. I am also able to write with both hands! I started writing with my left hand but when I was 10 years old I broke my left thumb. It was during finals and I needed to take exams, so I taught myself to write with my right hand, which actually (and luckily) wasn't difficult at all.

Something you refused to eat when you were a kid?

Turnips were the one thing I could not stand. I think the reason was because the only time I had to eat them was when I was sick - apparently when mixed with milk, turnips are a good cure for a cold or the flu - so my memory of eating them always involves me being sick.

How was yesterday?

Yesterday was good! Like every other day, I worked on a track and some of the unfinished tracks Ive been working on.

Are you double jointed?

I am not, and I'm not sure what, if any, challenges double-jointed people might have to deal with. Although, it seems they also might have an advantage over others who aren't double jointed haha.

What stressed you out most recently?

Usually what stressed me out the most is not meeting my deadlines for projects I am working on. Recently, I have been working on a few projects at the same time and few things haven't worked out the way I wanted. I had to push back some release dates and that has been stressing me out quit a bit.

Can you drive a stick shift?

I can. Back in Iran you learn to drive a stick shift first , although I haven't driven one in a very long time. I do pick things up fairly quickly, though, so if the day ever comes I should be good to go in a couple of minutes.

Last YouTube video you watched?

The last video I wanted on YouTube was the funeral service of the Officer who was killed on April 9th, four days after being struck by a suspected DUI driver in sun Valley. It is a very sad and upsetting matter, unfortuantely. People shouldn't be losing their lives because of something so poor in value. Nothing ever comes from drinking alcohol. I don't think I've ever heard someone say "Oh my gosh, I drank so much last night. It was such a smart thing to do!"

Have the current politics involving Iran inspired any of your past or upcoming music in any way?

I think music should always come from a peaceful place so I try to always put my self in a space where I'm only focused on the sound and music and nothing else.

Was the film "Success Driven," about an Iranian singer trying to make it in Hollywood, based on you or were you attracted to the project because of the similarities?

I came up with the story while sitting in my car behind a red light watching people pass on the street. I thought to myself, "You never know where these people have come from and chances are you will never see them again... you will probably never know what happens to any of them in the future." That thought triggered the story in my head. It isn't necessarily about a certain person or even my story, for that matter, however I certainly took inspiration from wanting to be a successful musician and integrated that into the storyline. Lloyd Klein (producer) had some input which helped us make the film more interesting, as well.

Interview by Kara Johnson
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