Samir Moussa

Samir Moussa

Samir Moussa


Title
AMbassadors of Morning
Bio
We are musicians, artists, engineers, drummers, flautists, singers, guitarists, sittarists… We are composers, writers, idea-igniters and storytellers, all of different paths, roots, experience and voices but of a common desire to connect the world through music. We are… THE PEOPLE
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At the heart and always there to meet the rising sun, MUSSA is a lyricist, pianist, percussionist, guitarist, bassist, singer, native american flautist, (mandolinist, banjo-ist?, banjoer, nope I checked it’s banjoist. Oh also, the ukulele.) and primary songwriter for Ambassadors. He is the man with the plan and a vision for the love and togetherness that only music could naturally and universally achieve. Raised in the capital of the United States, his exposure to different cultures, views, approaches and styles fueled his desire to learn more and meet more like-minded artists and music lovers. College brought him north to Toronto, Canada, while family and friends would welcome him back in Lebanon and Colombia for the holidays and summers. So, travel was common in MUSSA's life and as he picked up new experiences and passions like documenting a medicine man in Costa Rica, playing at the Om festival in Ontario, rallying for peace in San Francisco... It was there in California where he would continue to record music and befriend fellow DC-native musician, Raleigh Neal. Soon the sounds of a bigger family would bring him and his wife, Lisa, back to his hometown where Raleigh would introduce MUSSA to the owner of DC’s very own Sweet Spot Studio.
Website
Expertise
songwriting
Interests
indie rock, dream pop, folk rock
Location
Washington, D.C.

Recent Submissions

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Samir Moussa by Sweet Champagne

Brian Hazard

Wow, this is loud! Especially for the style. I don't know if that's YouTube's fault or if it's just mastered super aggressively.

The song is quite simple. One repeating melody for the verse and another for the chorus. I'm okay with it in the verse, but the repeated chorus line feels repetitive. I do like when the two are superimposed!

The vocal is passable but there are definitely pitch issues, but the bigger issue is the recording. It's a beautiful arrangement, but it feels really overcompressed.

I also appreciate the straightforwardness of the structure. You don't drag anything out or linger too long in any one section (other than perhaps the built-in repetition of the chorus).

In my opinion, the weakest link is the recording. Perhaps next time consider hiring a professional, or if this was mixed and mastered by a professional, find another one! The song and performance are quaint and charming, though I don't know who your audience is or how to reach them. Maybe you can find some appropriate Spotify playlists and pitch to those curators directly.

Regardless, it's not a good fit for my Depeche-loving following, so I'm not apt to share this one. Hopefully my comments offer some helpful guidance for the future.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

Samir Moussa submitted media.

Brian Hazard

These are the most beautiful visuals I've ever seen in a lyric video!

It's likely too late now, and YouTube's streaming quality leaves a lot to be desired, but the bass feels a couple dB too loud, and both the kick and snare are pretty boxy and could use cuts at 200 Hz and/or 400 Hz. You might be able to get away with cutting at 400 Hz on the entire drum bus, and turning it up to compensate.

Vocals are lovely, and the song soars! The "Streets Have No Name" guitar work is super cool and frenetic.

Wow, wasn't expecting that fade so suddenly. Felt a little abrupt.

Congratulations on your chart success! I'd be delighted to share this. But do you want me sharing this particular video, labeled "for Holland TV release only"?

I'm also confused on the artist name. Is it an AMbassadors track? A side project?

Feel free to let me know via email to colortheory@colortheory.com. Also if you could include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing, that would be fantastic and save me the strain on my brain. 😜

Great work!

Samir Moussa submitted media.

'Eternal Glow 'Music Video by AMbassadors Of Morning

Brian Hazard

Great to hear from you again!

Really loving the intimacy of this. The guitar work is just wonderful! The female harmonies really take it to the next level, and those spacey oohs and ahs... love it.

You could've easily gone with a more "natural" acoustic feel, but the otherworldliness of the production is what does it for me. It has so much more depth than it otherwise would.

Oh man, that coda too with the solo. What a great way to close out the track.

The video works too — nothing too showy, but nothing that detracts from the song.

I'd be delighted to share this with my followers on Twitter. I'm sure they'll love it, if I can come up with some witty way to pitch it! No guarantees there. 😜

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

Samir Moussa submitted media.

Luminescent (Music Video) by AMbassadors Of Morning

Brian Hazard

So congratulations on a successful Kickstarter! i clicked through to YouTube, saw the video, then found your campaign. Very cool!

I'm not sure exactly what kind of feedback you're looking for (promotion, production, songwriting?), but I'll just say what pops into my head. 😜

The song doesn't really pick up and establish an identity until the drums come in at 1:30. Up until then, I can't pin you down to a particular genre. It sounds like "old people music" - ha! You look a little like Bruce Springsteen and your voice isn't that far off, so that's where my mind went. When the drums come in, it's obviously you're going for a younger sound.

And then the anthemic chorus, and especially the harmonies, remind me of U2. It really comes together nicely, and I'm hooked by the 3:00 mark. I just worry people won't make it that far, because it takes a long time to build. But hey, maybe the waiting is what makes this so satisfying now!

I don't think like the video sells the song. The performance footage isn't always synched to the song. It seems more like a highlight reel of the band's history. It doesn't feel immediate.

The artwork doesn't really fit either.

Production and performance-wise, it's fantastic. No complaints!

So the main issue in my mind is creating a coherent package. The video, artwork, and arrangement should serve the song in establishing a clear identity, and it shouldn't take 3:00 to figure it out.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along. I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them. That said, I didn't hear the title, and don't know why you named it the way you did.

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

Samir Moussa submitted media.

Where Are We Now? by AMbassadors Of Morning

Brian Hazard

Sorry to keep you waiting so long Mussa! Very kind of Matthew to refer you.

So I'm not sure what to make of the video. It seems like stock footage of different cultures, interspersed with studio and live shots. Maybe we're supposed to appreciate the contrast, but it doesn't present a clear or compelling story to me.

Production-wise, it's mostly passable but has some issues. Most pressing are the drums, which are super fake sounding. It's especially obvious where they're exposed during the guitar solo. There are occasional intonation issues with the vocal, but no deal breakers. Just enough though, to give it an amateur veneer.

The master is too compressed, making for muffled sound overall. YouTube's encoding could be at least in part to blame.

The selling point to me is the anthemic chorus, which strikes me as blatantly U2 - not necessarily a bad thing!

I didn't really connect with the lyrics. They strike me as a bit too "political" a la "We Are the World" - with no personal connection to bring it home. For all I know, the song could be deeply meaningful to you, but that didn't come across to me.

That said, I'll go ahead and share it on Twitter with the U2 angle, and hopefully it'll get you a few more listens! Thanks for sharing it with me.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.


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