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  • What does MDA think of the music I make?

    I've been here for a little while now, but I don't think I've really mentioned much about what I do! With that said, I just released a new single of mine, and it's streaming over at Alternative Press. If you want, you can go check it out here: APTV Premiere: Tarek Kasmi, “Hail To The King” (Lyric Video)

    Genre-wise, the best description I can give is pop/rock with a little bit of a retro, rock-and-roll kinda vibe. It's definitely on the poppier side of things.

    So, if you have a minute, take a listen and let me know what you think! I'd love to have some input from other paleo/primal/real-food enthusiasts. All comments and criticisms are welcome.
    Last edited by tarek; 06-13-2012, 05:03 PM.

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    Pretty catchy and well produced. Sounds kind of like a teenagers-on-a-road-trip montage or background for a soda commercial. Probably not what you were aiming for; that's just what I saw in my head.

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    • #3
      I thought it was pretty good.

      Is this song dedicated to the sheeple?

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      • #4
        Needs more cowbell.

        I did like the line about mystery meat though.

        If you write a song in this style about bath salts, and face eating that would be nice.

        The sicker, more disturbing, gruesome, and depraved the lyrics are the better I think it will work with this sunny bright catchy pop sound.

        Songs about gynecological surgery gone wrong would suit this style well.

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        • #5
          Fun! You're very talented.
          SW: 243
          CW: 177
          Goal: Health

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          • #6
            Thanks for the input, guys!

            Originally posted by Timthetaco View Post
            Pretty catchy and well produced. Sounds kind of like a teenagers-on-a-road-trip montage or background for a soda commercial. Probably not what you were aiming for; that's just what I saw in my head.
            Haha! Not exactly what I was aiming for, but I wouldn't be opposed to licensing this song for films/commercials like that! Probably not a soda commercial, though, that'd be against my morals.

            Originally posted by DarthFriendly View Post
            Needs more cowbell.

            I did like the line about mystery meat though.

            If you write a song in this style about bath salts, and face eating that would be nice.

            The sicker, more disturbing, gruesome, and depraved the lyrics are the better I think it will work with this sunny bright catchy pop sound.

            Songs about gynecological surgery gone wrong would suit this style well.
            Lmfao. A+ post. I'm guessing you're into goregrind/death metal?

            Originally posted by Grok View Post
            I thought it was pretty good.

            Is this song dedicated to the sheeple?
            Glad you liked it -- that's exactly what the song's about! Most of my music deals with that kind of subject matter, actually.

            Originally posted by KerryK View Post
            Fun! You're very talented.
            Thank you!

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            • #7
              Yeah, not bad at all. Catchy and worth a listen for sure.

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              • #8
                Thanks, canio, I appreciate that!

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                • #9
                  The lyrics are way too brainy to be mainstream.
                  You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grumpycakes View Post
                    The lyrics are way too brainy to be mainstream.
                    I don't know. It gave me that Sublime vibe. Where their music sounds like you should be sitting on the beach drinking umbrella drinks and then you listen to lyrics of guns, shooting up etc. haha. Great stuff. With this song, it has that pop-ie style the kids would like but, the message...BAM..interesting. I was also thinking, how interesting it would be to take them and put it to a style of song like "Hurt" by NIN.

                    Enjoyable, anyways. Great job

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grumpycakes View Post
                      The lyrics are way too brainy to be mainstream.
                      Interesting point; thanks! I've always been a fan of meaningful lyrical content. I'm a huge fan of punk/hardcore -- loads of those bands have awesome, politically-driven lyrics. A lot of mainstream pop has amazing production, but totally vapid lyrics, which is a big shame, haha.

                      Originally posted by labmonkey View Post
                      I don't know. It gave me that Sublime vibe. Where their music sounds like you should be sitting on the beach drinking umbrella drinks and then you listen to lyrics of guns, shooting up etc. haha. Great stuff. With this song, it has that pop-ie style the kids would like but, the message...BAM..interesting. I was also thinking, how interesting it would be to take them and put it to a style of song like "Hurt" by NIN.

                      Enjoyable, anyways. Great job
                      I don't know if I'd be too great at writing NIN-esque music, but someone should totally do that. The results would probably be pretty awesome. Anyway, thanks for listening!

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                      • #12
                        political pop music huh? interesting. kind of ironic. i mean, for me, the music and tempo of the song don't exactly match the lyrical content. i like the content, but like timthetaco said, it sounds like something that would be in a video montage or a soda commercial or something. musically, it reminds me of a mentos commercial. overall, its good, well produced, but not really my thing. do you have anything else out there, because i'd be interested in listening to more.

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                        • #13
                          Harvey Danger circa 1997 (not as raw though). I get a much more TV commercial vibe. It almost sounds too produced. Tell the guitarist to start doing heroine or the drummer needs to be shitfaced and on horse tranquilizers. Music is very subjective and I am of the opinion that most great music comes from misery and turmoil. If your happy and life is good the music suffers...

                          My 2 cents...
                          "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                            political pop music huh? interesting. kind of ironic. i mean, for me, the music and tempo of the song don't exactly match the lyrical content. i like the content, but like timthetaco said, it sounds like something that would be in a video montage or a soda commercial or something. musically, it reminds me of a mentos commercial. overall, its good, well produced, but not really my thing. do you have anything else out there, because i'd be interested in listening to more.
                            I try to keep the more lighthearted songs like this as ironic as possible! Haha. I do have songs that are on a more serious note. Here's an older one from 2010: Tarek Kasmi - The New Century - YouTube

                            Of course, I have some newer ones coming that are in a similar vein, but I can't post those just yet.

                            Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                            Harvey Danger circa 1997 (not as raw though). I get a much more TV commercial vibe. It almost sounds too produced. Tell the guitarist to start doing heroine or the drummer needs to be shitfaced and on horse tranquilizers. Music is very subjective and I am of the opinion that most great music comes from misery and turmoil. If your happy and life is good the music suffers...

                            My 2 cents...
                            Such an awesome band, first time I've gotten that comparison! I actually prefer really slick pop production, but that's just me. When it comes to punk/hardcore, though, rough production is where it's at.

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                            • #15
                              i like that one a ton more. i also checked out a few others. "unchained" is good. and so is "the new century." not the kind of stuff i would listen to all the time, but something i could definitely work in to the rotation. thanks

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