We had the good fortune of connecting with Amin Safari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe my love of music and live performance has been the key to my success. The enjoyment I see from my audience is another factor to my success because it encourages me to create new music and be able to perform them live.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been fascinated by guitar since I first saw one at age six. However it was not till a few years later that I played my first note on the guitar. After a few years of self taught lessons, I entered Folk University in Sweden where I received a degree in classical music. I was also very interested in science and entered the PhD program in Umea University Sweden. After traveling throughout Europe, I arrived in Spain and fell in love with the art of flamenco. Although I pursued a scientific career as a molecular biologist at Umea University in Sweden & Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; the passion for music was always there. I filled my spare time by giving private guitar lessons and also performing with famous Persian artists. Throughout my years working as a guitarist, I never stopped composing and arranging my songs, into which flamenco elements slowly began to make their way. I created the entertainment company called EQRecords which includes Lessons, recording & performances. My inspirations are renowned flamenco artists such as Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Gipsy Kings, Jesse Cook and Ottmar Leibert. My high-energy rhythms and passionate melodies captivate the audience of all ages and race. My last five albums “A Different Tune, Pasion de la Guitarra, Luna, Amor and La Rumba” are a fusion of flamenco with other worldly sounds. The album “Luna” was a recipient of the Akademia award for “Best Latin Instrumental” in November 2015. The album “La Rumba” was a recipient of the Akademia award for “Best World Beat” in September 2017.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston’s night life is great. I love hanging out in River Oaks District, and taking the light rail to explore Downtown. The food culture in Houston is amazing, there are so many new & fun restaurants to explore. Also, I enjoy the art/museum scene all around the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank all my fans, friends & family for supporting me in all stages of my music career. Without my fans, I would not be where I am today.