BIMM student Ayham Kader’s inspirational journey towards realising his passion for music production has taken him to Iraq, Qatar and now, finally, Berlin. We recently got deep and meaningful with Ayham, asking him about his adventure so far, life goals and advice for fellow BIMM students.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF…
My name is Ayham Kader. I’m a 35 year old man, born in Iraq and raised in Qatar. Initially I studied finance and business, which turned into a so-called ‘successful’ 11-year career, but concluded with me coming to BIMM Berlin to pursue and nurture my artistic side!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A PRODUCER?
I’ve always been involved in music as a listener, but six years ago I started DJing and have been doing that ever since. I fell in love with techno at the age of 12, on my first encounter with it, yet I only came to know about the different genres and the world of electronic music during my 20s. The environment I grew up in made it difficult to get involved early on, but with that being said, I have no regrets. Deciding to start my music production journey two years ago – out of my desire to come to Berlin – cultivated a new way to live my life.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BIMM BERLIN?
On a surface level, BIMM Berlin was the only music school that offered international students a chance to join. But on a deeper level, the modules included in Music Production really excited me. They covered all the skills and knowledge needed to be a music producer and also had a clear focus on electronic music production. Once I’d digested it all, my decision was pretty instant.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?
There have been too many highlights at BIMM Berlin to count… but let me give it a try:
- The tutors are simply amazing; each one an expert in their field.
- BIMM management really take note of students’ needs and input, which makes me and my colleagues feel respected and acknowledged.
- The diversity of the students.
- The great news about BIMM Berlin’s new campus!
YOU ALSO RUN A MEDITATION AND COACHING COMPANY. HOW DO YOU FIND MEDITATION HELPS WITH YOUR STUDIES/MUSIC?
Meditation coaching via my company Tripute is a deep passion and purpose of mine and it’s been like that for a while now. As for how it’s helped with my music and studies, the benefits are really too many to count, but my top three are:
- I had daily panic attacks the moment I arrived in Berlin and this lasted for six months. Now, one year on, they don’t happen any more. But if they did come back, I’d know how to use meditation to deal with them.
- My productivity increased and my obsessions and stress decreased.
- It helped me see and understand the difference between living success and chasing it.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FUTURE STUDENTS ON YOUR COURSE?
If you’re lost, be lost. If you’re confused, be confused. Society labels those fragments as bad, but they’re natural sensations and states that pack information that are unique to you, so will aid you on your journey if you manage to stay with them and not battle them. There’s no point in achieving success if you’re not being yourself. We’re all one family – so listen, be open and be present.
To find out more about studying Music Production at BIMM Berlin, order a prospectus, book to attend one of our Open Days, or contact our Admissions Team on +49 30 311 99 186 or by email at [email protected]
Photography credit: Eline Duijsens