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Interview with The Lefties

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The Lefties, a very unique Egyptian rock band that gained a lot of fans lately, who are they? How did they develope, let's find out more through this nice interview that I really enjoyed myself.

The Lefties, I know that there's some story behind this name, would you please tell our readers about it?

The Lefties: We called the band “The Lefties” because we started as a trio band (Mustafa, Shady, and Yasmine), and 3 of us were left-handed. The funny thing is that it was a pure coincidence!


Who founded the band, and how did the band's members meet each other?

The Lefties: Before we became The Lefties, we (Mustafa, Shady, and Elie ) had been playing for an extreme metal project. At one of our jams, Yasmine came to the studio with her friends and saw us jamming. That's where we met her for the first time. She said that she plays drums in rock style. Since Shady and I (Musty) have been interested in playing rock and heavily influenced by rock musicians in the first place, we asked her to jam with us someday.

Then when we jammed with her we liked the atmosphere. Shady and I are both left handed and, by coincidence, we noticed that Yasmine was writing on a sheet of paper using her left hand on the first day we jammed together. Since we found out that she’s also left handed as we are, we said "why don't we start a band and name it The Lefties?". And that’s how the band started.


In battle of the bands 2009 Elie Naggar joined the band as the lead vocalist, what's the reason behind that as I know that Shady your bassist was already the lead vocalist?

The Lefties: We started as a trio band and we used to play classic punk rock and Shady had the voice for it. Later, our musical style changed gradually to hard rock, but Shady didn't have the high-pitched voice required for such music, so our friend Elie joined us as the lead vocalist because of his tenor voice that can hit the high notes needed for hard rock, and ever since then, Shady handled the backup vocals.


The Lefties have performed in Andromida's rock festival vol. 1 at the Culture Wheel that's when the band had kind of a fall - everyone said that The Lefties needed an additional member either a 2nd guitarist or a keyboardist. Why didn't you try to have that additional member and why did you insist that The Lefties will always have just one guitarist?

Musty: Having a 2nd guitarist is not a rule. There are a lot of bands that have one guitarist like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, The Police, Mr. Big...etc. And although some of their songs sound slightly different at live performances because of the lack of the 2nd guitarist, no one ever complains about that.

About our criticism, basically, people said that about us because of only a few covers that we played, but our originals are based on only one guitar and we like it this way.

Also Elie is not only a vocalist but also a keyboardist. So it is not that we are insisting on having one guitarist, it’s just that we don’t need one. And we’ve proved that in the last two concerts.


You have just won the 2nd place in the ESK talent show, what developments have you made in the band to lead you to such a thing?

The Lefties: We simply gained more experience from the previous shows and we understood each other more by time, especially on stage. Also, we had more rehearsals and the song selection also made some difference.


Shady, being bassist who plays in a band with only one guitarist, you must have handled all the rhythm and the beat of the band. Did that add an experience to you as a musician or did it just give you a hard time?

Shady: Actually I don’t just listen to rock. I listen to other kinds of music, especially jazz which I’m a huge fan of. I’ve learned from my favourite jazz bassists how to play complicated bass lines that cover the absence of the 2nd guitar, and not just the regular simple bass lines.

So handling all the rhythm adds more experience to me and I enjoy that very much.

Besides, if I was having a hard time with that, then why would we insist on having only one guitarist?!


Let's move on to you, Yasmine. Since you're the only lady in the band, and one of the few ladies in Egypt who play the drums, can you tell us about the difficulties that you faced in your musical career?

Yasmine: I consider myself one of the lucky few who haven't experienced any difficulties through-out their entire lives! I must admit, there have been some problems with the band and with my boy-friend, but they are now history, luckily.

Also the fans of The Lefties doubt your ability to keep the band's beat stable and powerful in the live performance, how would you respond to that?

Yasmine: well, Our performance in the last two concerts proved them wrong.


Elie, you're the newest member in The Lefties. What encouraged you to join the band even though you're already in a lot of other bands?

Elie: The reason would be because Mustafa and Shady are my close friends. Also, when we got into the music business we started together; in very first jam was with Mustafa. We have a really good spirit together when we jam because we jam as friends having fun, not just as band mates.

Also, when we were playing for the metal project before The Lefties like Musty stated earlier, I was begging Mustafa and Shady to play rock but they weren’t that interested back then. So when they got interested later in rock and asked me to join, I couldn’t wish for better.


Let's move to the band's originals, I know that you guys have already some originals composed and you already perform them, why haven't you released an album yet?

The Lefties: We are actually working on that now; we have 8 songs so far that are ready to be put in an album- some were played live and some will be soon. We’re not rushing things because we want to get the best sound quality we can get to deliver not only the music but also the spirit and the feeling, the same way we do in live concerts.

No one can deny that The Lefties are one of the bands that have a very special spirit on the stage, but can you tell our readers about the relationship between the band's members which led you to such very special thing?

The Lefties: Well, we are all best friends. We think in the same pattern and we have the same taste in music. We are not just band mates; The Lefties is something we do together like hangin’ out, going to movies, or playing some games. To us, it’s all about having fun.

What's your dream performance?

The Lefties: Well, any place that has amps and some people ready to get rocked would be home to us.

Can you tell us about your future plans?

The Lefties: Currently we’re planning to record our album, tour Egypt, and play as much live concerts as we can!


A word to your fans would be...

The Lefties: Wherever you are, no matter how far, we will always be rocking you hard. Also, we would like to thank each one of them for their big support!



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