Hamdan Al Abri and Aqib Anwar on being smartphone creatives
- Hamdan Al Abri and Aqib Anwar are two of the UAE’s most prolific creatives
- Al Abri has been on the UAE’s music scene for more than ten years, and is known region-wide for his particular style of music
- Anwar is a photographer and videographer, who has worked with some of the biggest luxury brands in the region
- The pair teamed up to see if they could create, produce and document a music video using just an Apple iPhone
Most people believe you need a crew of highly experienced musicians and videographers to create high-class music videos. But most people are wrong.
In today’s world your smartphone may well be your ticket to fame and fortune, providing many of the tools necessary to create content and then distribute it to the world.
That’s exactly what musician Hamdan Al Abri and videographer Aqib Anwar sought to demonstrate when they teamed up to see if they could create, record and film a music video – using just the tools in their back pocket. Yes, the pair worked together using just an iPhone.
Abri produced and recorded his track on his personal iPhone, before sending it over to Anwar to listen/plan the music video. Settling on an idea, the pair went out and shot it on – you guessed it – another iPhone.
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The idea was to show the world of budding creatives that you don’t need expensive gear or a professional recording studio to make high-quality content. Indeed, you only need the inspiration and the want to succeed.
Hamdan Al Abri is an Emirati singer and songwriter who successfully brings a local flavor to the region’s highly international music scene. Abri is both a solo artist and the front man for a Dubai-based soul brand – also called Abri – and has performed alongside international acts, including Joss Stone, Erykah Badu and Kanye West.
Speaking to Esquire, the musician said that part of what drew him to this project was how it would challenge him. “The entire idea was to show people that you can make music on an iPhone,” said Abri. “That you can make some beats, and then record that via video before uploading it to the internet.”
Aqib Anwar is a local photographer and videographer with an eye for amazing images. Speaking about the collaboration, he admitted that it wasn’t as simple as he first thought. But that in the end, “it really shows that there’s no more excuses for creative people now, the gear is secondary to your vision, and your creativity”.
You can listen to the full Esquire Q&A Podcast with Hamdan Al Abri and Aqib Anwar below