“We’ve had to cut out a lot of shit to get here”-Adrian
Back when Layal and I started our own radio show we broadcast through a spotty Internet source at our favorite local beer joint in Beirut.
While hardly anyone in Lebanon had good enough Internet to stream the show, and those outside Lebanon couldn’t rely on the weak stream to listen either, we were lucky enough to have the space, equipment, and support to try our hands at something I had never even done before.
The idea of two audacious and liquored up ladies spouting off stories and erotic news was novel to all five-to-ten people drinking at that bar, and for that, we are grateful. With the “anything-goes”, “be as wild as you want” and “explore your creativity” spirit, we were able to grow, evolve, and get an idea how to become better entertainers.
Radio Beirut was awesome to us.
But then we moved to Norway and things got real. Because in Norway, the radio is a BIG DEAL. Like, almost 100% of the Norwegian popula... [more]
Interview, performance, and full podcast with Adonis & Restless Leg Syndrome
Tune in LIVE every Friday!
May 2nd, 2014, Radio Beirut, in Beirut (yes).
We hosted Austrian DJ trio Restless Leg Syndrome and Adonis on our radio show. RLS gave us sneak peeks of their “flipped” tracks which were performed live the next day at Radio Beirut, then Adonis performed an extensive set and we got to know them more in depth.
Adonis is an Arabic pop/rock band that formed in 2011. Since then they have released two albums with a third one on the way. It’s already been a busy year with 3 concerts in Amman, Beirut Wave One, and at C U NXT SAT in Concrete 1994.
How did it start?Anthony: Joey and I met during college at AUB when we were both studying architecture. We were friends mostly because we liked the same type of music (Arabic), which was not a common music to like at the time, and still is not.
Define Arabic music.Anthony: good Arabic music, Joey is more fundam... [more]
Men in Power! Radio for Feb 7th and introducing brand new cohost, Jade!
New host, Jade NZ, makes her on-air debut with Paul!
Paul asks Anthony Rahayel from No Garlic No Onions and winner of TimeOut Beirut’s blog of choice award how he can survive in Beirut without eating any garlic or onions?! Plus Paul prods deep for Anthony’s best recommendations for each types of food ever available on earth (how is Anthony not fat?).
Jade cuts to the chase with Georges Azzi about the NGOs he founded: Helm which is fighting for LGBT rights in Lebanon, Marsa the sexual health center, and Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), fighting to support body, gender and sexual rights activists in the Middle East.
Mo Juzu the founder of the production company Harmony HMP and the famous competition The Next Big Thing showed us his musical talents after his exciting interview.... [more]
A couple of days before, our lovebirds Matias and Adrian left Beirut for Oslo and they passed the torch to a few of us to carry on the radio show. I was hosting that day along with Paul Gadala and Adrian The Man and we had to reach out to artists super last minute!
November played awesome covers, DJ Ernesto from The Beirut Groove Collective gave us a music class by enlightening us with musical genres I had never heard of, plus he played funk and RnB 45 tracks, his specialty.
Then Laurie and Camille, a super cute teenager duet, came as soon as they could despite being held in heavy traffic, and last but surely not least: I bumped into Karl and Halim from The Unplugged Poets and Multi Talented Legend Sultan by accident as soon as I arrived at Radio Beirut and they played at the show!
Anyway, let us know if Paul and Adrian sound awkward for their debut on air! (I still remember my first time [more]
New 2Famous.TV Radio Show every Friday from Radio Beirut!
Ah, coming back to the radio was like a breath of fresh air. I’d been listening from a remote location for five shows — which was the first time I’d ever NOT been on the show! During that, I gained a whole new perspective and my excitement for our project only expanded. January 10th we welcomed guests and musicians to keep us up to date on what’s going on these days in Lebanon. Wael Abi Faker, former sound engineer to the Layal and Adrian Show, revealed what it’s like to work as a professional musician in the Lebanese Orchestra. He’s an expert french horn player who carries around a ukelele, which he played while performing an original song!
We also welcomed the editor of Lebanese social media magazine, Cloud 961 who discussed the TechCrunch article that came out claiming that Silicon Valley is losing its mojo to innovation in Beirut.
Musical performances wooed the audience. First we had up and coming singer-songwriter Peter Choucha... [more]
Listen in on the 2Famous.TV Radio SHOW from Radio Beirut, Every Friday!
As you must have read on the news a few weeks ago, there was an awful bomb in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, which killed innocents and a respectable politician. A few hours later, Matias and I were hosting 2famous.tv’s weekly radio show.
The show turned out to be a great cheering up session to all of us, especially that 2 of our guests live-performed songs they had written that same day, expressing themselves about the situation: Edd Abbas, a very talented hip-hop singer and The Unplugged Poets, an upcoming band of 4 young Lebanese who sing rap and plays rock music.
From all the guests invited that day, The Unplugged Poets were my favorite crush. I loved their avant-guardiste genre and I was truly touched with that song entitled “Sometimes It’s Hard”. Its lyrics can be read below with the video performance. Also, and most importantly, the band started hip-hop jamming right after that song with Edd Abbas! That was so cool (you can l... [more]
Christine from SillyGoon.com does her second interview with Serge from the Incompetents on the 2Famous.TV RadioShow at Radio Beirut!
Last week, I interviewed Serge Yared from The Incompetents during 2famous.tv’s weekly radio show. He spent the majority of the show singing and playing around with his guitar, except during the few minutes we exchanged rather awkward sentences (hey, I’m still new at this).
The Incompetents are made up of Lebanese duo Fadi Tabbal and Serge Yared playing punk/rock and psychedelic/folk songs with a unique rhythm, that they define on their website as “torture with style.”
To illustrate that previous point, here are my favorite tracks, which can be found on their SoundCloud and YouTube channels. My special crush is Cannibal Urinal, with very psychedelic beats. And of course, the podcast of the whole radio show is below.
“Bullets Gently Flying over my Head” (performed during the 2Famous.TV Radio Show backed up by Charlie Rayne)... [more]
-Weekly Radio show falls on the day of the Downtown bombing; Poly, Ed Abbas, Miles Stone talk about it
On the day of the Downtown Beirut Bomb we had invited Super Star Polly, Hip Hop Legend Edd Abbas, The Unplugged Poets and up and coming Lebanese/Canadian rock band, Miles Stone.
– “I don’t want to be a hostage to the situation, and if we were to cancel every time these things happened we would never get to perform,” Poly tells us.
Edd Abbas, who started with hip hop lyrics in Arabic in Lebanon, tells us that the Downtown Beirut Bomb makes him want to write music. Although everyday is somehow like this.
Most prepared of all guests were The Unplugged Poets who had wasted no time by writing a song about the bomb and the situation on the same day it happened!
The young rockers from Miles Stone live in Canada but tell us they want to came back to Lebanon and “make things right”!
The show was hosted by Matias and Christine and Super shout out to Khairy for Epic sound engineering under difficult conditions.... [more]
Interview + performances by Allan from Lazzy Lung, Serge from the Incompetents and Charly Rayne,
In this 2Famous.TV Radio production you get to meet new 2Famous.TVs co-host, Christine Abi Assi, who also has her own music blog: Sillygoon.com.
She interviews Allan from Lazzy Lung and Serge from the Incompetents. Then we talk to Raja from the blog Ohmyhappiness.com, who is, perhaps, the only openly gay blogger in Lebanon. Later, up and coming singer songwriter Charlie Rayne comes all the way from Berlin to Perform a song for us!
Here is a video of Serge from the Incompetents doing one of his own songs, backed up by Charlie Rayne.
Charlie Rayne performs, “I no longer hear the music” by the Libertines... [more]
2Famous.TV Radio also features Moe Kabbara, Habib Batha, Chady Abusleiman and Edd Abbas.
In this Live 2Famous.TV Radio Production from Radio Beirut we start off meeting young Lebanese/Canadian musician Moe Kabbara who is in town and plays for us.
Then we get to meet journalist Rami Aysha who has been working on cases that have gotten him trouble with the authorities. He was kidnapped by a military organization in South Beirut when working on a story about arms dealing and later handed over to the military who kept him for one month without pressing charges. He tells us about his case and how the situation for freedom of press is in Lebanon right now.
He is joined by Habib Batha from Beirutreport.com who also have been assaulted while working as a journalist.
Chady Abusleiman drops by and tells us about the Secret Walls Art Project happening also in Beirut these days!
Then, Edd Abbas of Fari2 Al Atrash, introduces us to his Latest Album, Tripnol.
The Show is Hosted by Matias... [more]