NEOBYRD’s music is most fittingly catalogued as electronic music, but he refers to his spins as a medley of disco, opera and metal. He first emerged from the underground electronic scene in Cairo, and garnered mainstream recognition after two tracks from his first album, “With You Again” and “My Sweet Heartless,” were played on the Egypt’s biggest radio station, Nile FM.
NEOBYRD, whose debut album Transbyrd launched at Cairo Jazz Club on June 27th 2011, has been making and mixing music since he was fourteen-years-old. His basic recipe? A tune on the keyboard, synthesized and layered up with samples from older tracks, and In some cases with fresh, local vocals. On stage NEOBYRD is always obscured by a decorated bird head, a source of bemusement and bewilderment to some audience members. ‘My face is not important, especially in electronic music since what you present in essence is digital,’ he explained in an interview with Cairo 360.
NEOBYRD sees a silver lining in the future of Egypt’s electronic scene. ‘The lack of a scene sort of forces you to carve your own path instead of being loyal to a certain style or direction that already exists,’ he said.
“Judging by the positive feedback from the substantial crowd that packed his launch party, moving to the fresh, disco-influenced beats, NEOBYRD is not just bound to establish a huge fan base, but also introduce them to a new genre that is yet to be explored in Cairo.”