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Araabmuzik Talks Musical Manipulation, Improvisation, and Bouncing Back With "Dream World"

Back in late February, hip-hop/EDM producer AraabMuzik aka Abraham Orellana fell victim to an attempted robbery in Harlem. And while the altercation left him with gunshot wounds to the head, it did not prohibit the gifted producer from jumping back into the studio to finalize his highly-anticipated new album, Dream World.

And the release is exactly that -- a wide arrangement of 16 tracks that transitions smoothly through EDM, Hip Hop, R & B and back again. With a distinct mixtape feel, Orellana obviously has an ear for methodical track transitions, flipping the switch at a moment's notice from the Indian chants on "War Cry" to the sultry vocal stylings of Vchanny in "Dream". As such, we wanted to speak with Orellana ahead of the Dream World's release about everything from the infancy stages of his career to his newfound range and growth.

You started out when you were around 16 in Providence, Rhode Island, which isn't exactly a hub for hip-hop. How did you find your passion in both hip hop and EDM and eventually gain your footing in the music industry?

I've always had a passion for music -- that wasn't really something I [worked on] or decided on. So I just wanted to expand my talents and start producing my own music. Me coming from a musical family, and playing instruments, I wanted to just create my own beats and music. When that started I was able to learn and create lanes for myself as a music producer. That's when I started exploring different types of genres of music. That's basically how it started.

Since then you've been able to produce tracks and work with a lot of huge names. How has it been to work with artists like Kendrick, Cam'ron and Alicia Keys?

I started off working with Cam'ron and then Diplo in my early stages. Then I started branching off with different artists such as A$AP and Alicia. My sound has changed a lot to [the point] where I'm able to work with these types of A-list artists. It's important as a musician to be able to be versatile, definitely.

You mentioned before that you played keyboard and drums, so as a person who plays traditional instruments, what do you say to those who perceive mixing and sampling as a 'lesser' form of art.

I mean, manipulating songs and samples and chopping them up and making it your own is definitely a skill. Not anyone can make something out of nothing or take something and make it completely their own. My generation [was definitely all about] chopping up samples and making crazy little songs and beats. But the new age now is definitely not like that at all. I'm not really hearing that in anything nowadays. People from the South and the West Coast aren't too heavy on samples. The East Coast is definitely where you hear that most. Right now I'm trying to bring it back to those [sample-heavy] times. On the album, I have just a little bit of everything, [every] type of music and style. I wanted to give the people just a little bit of everything.

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By Peyton Dix

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