MISHAAL Shares How The Lockdown Brought A Whole New Meaning To His Song "Friends"
Karen Jane Ng
A song about missing old friends and being scared to make new ones takes on a new meaning as the world went into lockdown because of the pandemic. That's what happened to "Friends" by Saudi-Ecuadorian artist Mishaal.
The singer-songwriter, who fell in love with music after breaking his arm when he was 9 and getting bullied for his ethnicity, shared the true story behind his collaboration with Canadian rapper Powfu in a MYXclusive interview.
"All my friends are back in Saudi and I'm still in New York. I miss them all a lot... I stayed sleeping in the studio, making songs," he recalled. "I moved to New York to study, afraid to make new friends. (The) song is about overcoming that fear."
"Everybody is in the same position where they can't leave and everyone's away from their friends, and everybody's missing their friends and I was like, 'Okay maybe we can help a lot more people.'
"Today, it has a whole new meaning to it. Right now, we're all cautious of each other - virus going around, wearing mask, gloves, sanitizing every two seconds like, it's crazy! The whole world is cautious now."
Being aware of the important role that his song is playing, Mishaal and his cousin had this idea to compile fans' videos with their own friends. He received over 800 submissions - including from Filipino fans.
"We're all separated from each other, it's nuts. Let's use this song to allow people to reminisce about their friends because, this is not gonna last forever. We'll all be back together soon."
Learn more about Mishaal's music in the interview below: