Art Beatz is a DJ, producer and remixer whose creativity and passion for music keeps him working around the clock. “I wake up in the middle of the night to compose a beat,” said Art.
Who is the man behind the music? Beatz was born in Baghdad and creates a sound all his own by bringing together the music of his homeland of Iraq with the current sounds of House/Electro, Rap and Reggae. He also draws inspiration from the work of past masters. His brother Bassam, who learned to play music on a church organ in Baghdad, taught him to play music by ear. Beatz now composes beautiful pieces whenever he sits down at anything with keys, be it a baby grand piano or a Korg Triton keyboard in his home studio. Beatz mastery of logic allows him to create music in nearly any location.
In addition to recording at the Art Beatz Studio, Beatz recorded with acts at the prestigious Long View Farm Studios, which has hosted greats such as the The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Mos Def, as well as Cybersound in Boston. His new EDM track “Riot” has been supported by DJs worldwide. His club banger "Go Crazy" with Ariez Onasis, Fatman Scoop and Clinton Sparks gained airplay on Boston’s JAM’N 94.5 and other national radios in 2011. Beatz has also produced for major artists Nicki Minaj, Fatman Scoop, Clinton Sparks, Lil Jon, Jae Millz, and Egyptian Pop Star Tamer Hosny.
Currently Beatz is the resident DJ at the Boiler Room in Worcester, Massachusetts and he also continues to play nationally. Some of his past gigs featured DJs like Alesso, DJ R3hab, Otto Knows, Clinton Sparks, DJ Skribble, DJ Enferno, Boris and Crooklyn Clan’s DJ Sizzahandz and DJ Riz as well as Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson.
Examiner sat down with DJ Art Beatz to find out more about his success as a celebrity disc jockey.
Examiner: What kind of music do you put out there?
Beatz: "The music that I play and create is a mix of electro, house and mashup. My most recent mix tape in November 2013 is "House Invasion Volume 10."I remix songs by other artists as well such as Lil Jon and Britney Spears."
Examiner: Where is the most memorable place that you have performed?
Beatz: "Opening for Alesso at The Mullins Center at UMass Amherst. Alesso's debut single "Nillionaire" and "Raise Your Head" has had successive Beatport chart toppers. His discography is one to be desired. http://alessoworld.com
Also, opening for R3hab at Shrine in the MGM, Foxwoods Casino. www.djr3hab.com
Examiner: How did you come up with the painted face?
Beatz: "The painted face is a representation of who I am as a person and completes me as an artist. My name is Art Beatz so I paint my neck every show and play music."
Examiner: What was your first wow moment performing?
Beatz: "The first WOW moment was when I was asked to open for world famous DJ Alesso at The Mullins Center during his Winter White Tour 2013."
Examiner: Upcoming Boston shows?
April 5, 2014 - Guilt Nightclub, 275 Tremont Street, Boston (857)284-7315
April 19, 2014 - Tunnel, 100 Stuart Street, Boston (617)357-5005
April 20, 2014 - The Royale, 279 Tremont Street, Boston (617)338-7699
April 23, 2014 - Storyville, 90 Exeter Street, Boston (617)236-1134
For more information: www.djartbeatz.com.