We are sharing our interview with a revolutionary Lebanese singer-songwriter IJK.
Pro Media Mag : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
IJK : Hello! My name is Imad Jack Karam also known by my initials IJK. I am a Lebanese singer-songwriter and I write songs in English and Arabic. I started my musical career in London, UK before moving back to the Middle East. My music is characterized by a rock & roll sound and powerful lyrics. I always strive to write songs with meaning and emotions.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to get into the music industry?
IJK : My greatest inspiration is the rockabilly era of the 50’s. Legends like Elvis, Roy Orbison or Johnny Cash had without a doubt a massive impact on my musical culture and upbringing. Moreover, major classic rock and alternative bands including The Doors, U2 and more recently Muse or Keane have also influenced me as a singer-songwriter.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your revolutionary track “Chedd Halak”?
IJK : As another voice among millions of Lebanese who are currently fighting for the health and wellbeing of their country, I have deep concerns with regards to the future of Lebanon. We, as Lebanese citizens, lack the basic human needs and services you would take for granted in any other nation in the world today. We have always been deprived of proper electricity, clean water, unpolluted environment, security and welfare, affordable healthcare and equal job opportunities. Chedd Halak is a satirical song that addresses all these concerns shared by all Lebanese citizens. We are fed up with having to deal with a corrupted political class that steals people’s money instead of investing it in the country’s vital and much needed infrastructures. Chedd Halak is a message of protest against corruption and false promises.
Pro Media Mag : It seems you are a strong supporter of the “Lebanese Revolution”?
IJK : I am. I support every Lebanese man who is struggling to put food on the table for his family. I support every Lebanese woman who is trying to raise her children in a tough and uncertain environment. I support every honest individual who is fighting corruption, trying to raise his standards of living and simply trying to build a better future for all.
Pro Media Mag : What kind of response you have received from the release?
IJK : Chedd Halak has been released in the summer of 2019, a few months before the revolution officially started in October. Hence, it has been like a precursor to the revolution by voicing what all Lebanese people want: An end to corruption and the start of a new era in Lebanon. An era of peace, hope, integrity and prosperity. So far, the response has been great. The song was aired on major Lebanese TV stations including MTV Lebanon and on many local radios including Sawt El Ghad and Light FM.
Pro Media Mag : What kind of part you can play as a music artist in this revolution?
IJK : As an artist, my role is to use my art as a means to deliver a message of hope. Hope in a better future for all Lebanese citizens. Hope in a nation that condemns corruption and rewards integrity and hard work. Hope in a prosperous and peaceful future. This is what all Lebanese people want regardless of their community or religion, and my art will continue echoing what all my people want.
Pro Media Mag : So what’s up next? Are you working on any new project?
IJK : Yes! I have many exciting projects in the pipeline. I am currently working on a new single in English and this is due to come out towards the end of 2019. I will surely let you know when this happens. Thanks for the interview, you guys rock!
For more information about IJK and his music, please visit www.ImadJackKaram.com