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Bilal

Bilal

Sep 11th 2019 @ The Jack London Revue

Portland, OR
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About Bilal
Genres:
R&b/soul, Rnb-soul, Soul, Alternative Hip-hop Jazz Rythm And Blues Soul Singer, Neo-soul
Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA

Bilal Oliver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Coming from what he describes as a “regular kind of neighborhood”, Bilal was first introduced to music when he at...
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Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
8:15 PM
The Jack London Revue
529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
20 RSVPs
Bilal BioSomehow in our hunger for perfection its become difficult for music to just be. And so when Bilal began making A Love Surreal(his latest-and fourth cd over all) the acclaimed Grammy nominated vocalist/songwriter /producer knew where he needed to go. Ive always wanted to make music that is so basic and simple that it can be recreated every time. Something simple like a jazz standard. On this album I let go of a lot of shit for the first time and that opened my eyes up to a lot of more stuff. It was a real complete thought.A soulful rumination on loves varying rhythms Bilal describes A Love Surreal as a musical art gallery. As the title might suggest the cd is a reference to the father of SurrealismSalvador Dali. Although Bilal is quick to point out that he isnt a painting connoisseur he loves Daliswork. And has long been intrigued by the possibilities of fusing art and music. When I was younger and living in New York City I became friends with a young artist who was making a living off his art. He considered himself a musician and playing guitar would get him thinking about painting.Through him I saw how I could make music out of something visual and vice versa. I was beginning to think in a bigger picture and so, when I went into A Love SurrealI I was no longer just looking at things as being just a singer. I really put something into it.A Love Surreal found Bilal taking on the self -described role as complete brain master. In actuality he produced or co produced a majority of the cd. I built a big landscape and put it all together when I got into the studio. Id come up with an initial shape of a song on my laptop and take it to the studio and instead of keeping a lot of the electronic stuff Id teach it to my band and then wed expand from that. Id lay down ideas,little words, mumbles and then wed sketch out the restof the lyrics.
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About Bilal
Genres:
R&b/soul, Rnb-soul, Soul, Alternative Hip-hop Jazz Rythm And Blues Soul Singer, Neo-soul
Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA

Bilal Oliver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Coming from what he describes as a “regular kind of neighborhood”, Bilal was first introduced to music when he at...
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