We had the good fortune of connecting with Nader Ibrahim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nader, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind the success of my music is making it all out of love, and only creating when there is inspiration. What I always realize is that creating the music is the success itself, and all other things come with that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Later Nader is a combination of both music and filmmaking. I see my crafts as a way to explore myself, taking all the things I experience in life, and transmuting them into artistic creations. It’s almost like a form of alchemy. I think what sets my work apart from others is that I literally do every part of the process, both the visuals and the sound. Everything from recording, mixing, and mastering the music to filming/editing videos to go along with the songs, and also the album artwork. I’m proud that I have remained consistent in creating music and videos for almost a decade now, because I think that many people stop when they don’t see external results. What I have realized though is that expressing myself through art has been one of the biggest forms of therapy for myself, and I feel like it keeps me in balance, so whether or not I make it big in music, I plan to continue making it. For me, the creative process is success in of itself, and that’s where a lot of my excitement comes from. It almost feels like you become a kid again, when you just tap into the infinite imagination. Creating comes pretty easy for me because it just feels like I’m playing, and I don’t see it as work at all. If anything, making music and videos helps me deal with my other stresses in life. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned on this creative path is about flow. There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes there will be droughts of no ideas feeling like you hit a plateau, and other times inspiration will come like wild fire. The key is just to be present to everything and not force anything. I feel like that is how I’ve been able to be consistent on this path; letting the songs/videos reveal themselves to my mind, and then just taking the right amount of action to manifest them. Sometimes I won’t even touch my guitar or camera for weeks, but I am okay with that. What I have noticed is that like most things in life, the greatest things come when you least expect them. If there is one thing that I would want the world to know about Later Nader, it would be that all the creations I make come from a deep part of myself, and hopefully my art will inspire whoever is listening to tap into their own imagination.
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?
Usually when I go out, it is something related to nature. One of my favorite places to go is the Terry Hershey trails along the bayou. It is usually the spot I always invite my friends to, and it has been a source of inspiration and tranquility for me since high school. For food, I love to take my friends out to eat at Fadis Mediterranean Grill. Before covid, Satellite Bar was the main hang out spot where I would see all my friends, but now it has been harder to meet up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to dedicate my shoutout to anyone, it would be the music blog BIRP. They have always been supportive in featuring my music on their channels and playlists. Without them, a lot of my music probably wouldn’t be known by as many people as it is, so I really appreciate their continued support. My family and friends as well have all been supportive in my artistic pursuits, and encouraging me to keep creating.
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