WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON COLLABORATING WITH OTHER ARTISTS? WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN THEM? - SHAMAL
Collaborations are exciting. I love everything from the new energy they offer. I feel like working with different Artists is a new experience every time and there’s much to learn when I’m not just limiting myself to my ways and my music! I believe everyone is different and we therefore have so much to learn from and offer each other.
I also think being open minded is very important. And I mean that in every sense, especially when it comes to genres of Music. I'm a Rock/ Metal Artist but, I appreciate and love a lot of other genres of music and that in itself makes it alright for me to venture into different styles and work with other Artists outside my scene. I honestly believe that I wasn't given this gift of making Music just to conform to a 'professional framework" or limit myself to a single genre or style. That's why you'll always see me checking out different styles, trying out different things and experimenting musically with various Artists and new projects. You'll hear that especially in my upcoming album Fountain of Memory; You'll see the improvements, differences and everything new in comparison to the other stuff you've heard of mine so far.
I’ve already collaborated with quite a few Local Artists.
‘Enemy’ is a very cool track that was produced by HIBSHI, featuring rapper MARKIA and myself.
There's another track called "We're On Our Way" which brought various Sri Lankan Artists across different genres together, in order to collect funds to help the victims that were affected by the floods here in Sri Lanka in 2016. The track was put together by Azlan Shariffdeen and Anil Balasooriya.
I’ve also recorded a few tracks with Izzy Wildchild and a few others with local Artists and a Doom Metal band.
Having had the privilege of working with various Artists and Producers over the years, there are a few things I’ve learned and therefore look for in a collaboration.
They are simple but, very straight forward:
03. Transparent in communication
04. Authentic & Talented