Me: Only when women scream your name? What about the rest of your fans?
Massari: No, it’s like my fans in general. But being a man, having women want me, it’s like any man’s dream. So I work even harder so that they want me even more and they support me more and they go out there and they buy my album and they come see me at my shows and one thing leads to the next and it’s a beautiful thing.
Me: But how are you inspired? Is it a woman’s physique or what?
Massari: Well see because of the relationship I have with my mom, I learned to respect women on a whole new level, which for me, gives me kind of an edge on other guys out there. Physical appearance is really important but if I’m talking to the prettiest girl and she’s not being herself and I don’t feel like she’s really talking from her heart, she’ll completely turn me off. She can be drop dead gorgeous. For me, personality plays such a big role. Especially in my case, because I can’t care less if you’re beautiful, if you can’t talk to me, then I want nothing to do with it. I need somebody that can spark up my interest, get my imagination going, get me thinking about what I want to say, makes me want to just touch your hair and take you out. It’s not even about all that sex and all, for me, it’s more about love. That’s how I portray my image in my music because it really describes me.
Me: What physical appearance attracts you in a woman?
Massari: A woman’s eyes. Just the way a woman would look at me. Just right there: Either do it for me or not. Sometimes the look in someone’s eyes can be all you need to know. A woman’s eyes would be definitely the first thing I would notice in a woman. And then, there’s all that other stuff (laugh).
Me: The song “real love” is it a personal experience?
Massari: It’s so a personal experience, it’s not even funny! It happens! It happens to all of us! I’ve met some girls that I personally did not know what to say to them. You don’t want to say the wrong things and you don’t want to do the wrong things. You want it to be perfect and you feel like you love that person already and you don’t even know them. And it can drive you crazy! Sometimes you think of them at the weirdest times and if you do ever get the chance to talk with them, it’s like your heart is racing and your palms are sweating.
Me: Don’t you think this feeling is more attraction than anything else? You can’t really call it love.
Massari: No, because in your mind, you like something so much that you begin to love it because you want it so bad, you don’t know what to say or do and it becomes almost...I shouldn’t say obsession, but it’s a feeling so strong you think its love at first sight. And that’s what you mistake it for. And that’s why I call it “real love”. When you don’t even know somebody and you learn to like them so much or learned to feel a certain way about someone that you don’t even know. I feel like all of us go through that: we see that one person that we don’t even know what to say or how to approach them. It’s beautiful.
Me: Did you write all your song?
Massari: Yeah, I wrote everything. Of course, I had the help of Belly from my label. He has also given me a lot of tips on concepts and sometimes, I’d be having a hard time coming up with words that ryhme with the other and he’d help me. And I feel like, it’s so important that we can do that with each other in the label because as artist, we’ve grown as a family, as well, because of the fact that we grew up together. So, it was really a great experience for me to work on this album and seeing the support of everybody from Capital Prophet. They’ve supported me with everything. No matter what it was they’ve always been there. I feel that what a lot of artists lack in Canada, it’s the support from their labels. That’s why it’s so hard for Canadian artists to make it. They don’t have the label’s beliefs. The labels don’t believe in their artists, they believe in money. If you’re not making money they don’t care. With us it’s not even about money, it’s about making a difference; it’s about showing the world that we can do it because you said we can.
Me: Which song can you relate to the most?
Massari: “Be easy”
Me: (Laughing) Really? Why?
Massari: Because I like to “be easy”. I like the club seen, I like to party, I love to live the life that I’ve been given and at the same time I can really relate to “Real love”. It has happened to me a few times where I see someone that I just don’t know what to say to them. They strike me, like wow! Sometimes from the way a person can be acting around you too, just little things that they say and it’s like “Oh my God!” You’re so attractive and it’s like “wow!” And you’re always wondering, because we always wonder “will they like me or will they want to talk to me”. And even though, I’m still human, so no matter what, people can think I’m a star and all this, but I still have feelings just like everybody.
Me: How do you feel about fame?
Massari: I love it! It’s beautiful, but of course it comes with sacrifices. Like if I wanted to take my family out to dinner, I can’t. I can’t go without having a million people saying “Can I have your autograph or can we take a picture” and so I won’t be really spending time with my family, I would be spending time with my fans. And I can’t go to the mall but then again, there are a lot of things I do that a lot of people don’t. I get to travel all the time and that’s what I’m doing. I’m working by traveling and meeting some new people and experiencing so many things.
Me: Why did you call yourself “Massari”, which means money?
Massari: The reason why I called myself “Massari” is because I wanted to give myself a name that I thought was so different that would really catch people’s attention. At the same time, I made sure it was Arabic, so that Arab people would hear it and they’d know that I was Arabic because everybody knows the name “Massari”. Any Arab person you say “Massari” to them, they’re going to know. So they know it’s an Arabic name and I wanted to show my support, my respect and my pride of being from an Arab background. I’m so proud to be a Lebanese-Canadian.
Me: But why especially that name which means money, you could have chosen anything else?
Massari: Everybody wants money. You name yourself something that everybody wants. And I really proved that I’m living up to my name. I’m money now to people. I make money, I make things happen so all around I feel that it really fits me.
Me: Do you come from a wealthy family originally?
Massari: No, I come from a very poor family and that is what made me work so hard because I did not want my parents to work the way they were working and did not want my parents to go through what they were going through when I was a kid. So it was like up to me, it was either I do something for them or I fail them. And there was no way I was going to live with it as a failure, it would kill me. So the fact that now, I can do something for my parents, I’m so proud and happy that I can do something for them.
Me: I know you speak three languages and that you wanted to make songs in all three languages. Did you already start working on that?
Massari: Yeah, I’m actually working on my second album right now; I’m starting to come out with concepts, melodies, ideas, and beats.
Me: What about French songs?
Massari: I’m probably going to be collaborating with artist from France. I want to do couple of songs with people from the Middle East. Overall, I’m going to be singing in French, English and Arabic.
Me: You know you are the first Arab to make the Top 20 on the radio?
Massari: I think I’m the first Arab to do a lot of things right now (laugh). I’m very proud of that. I’m so proud that I can show a different face to our people because we’re portrayed in a bad way in the media, so every time they see a Lebanese man on T.V., it’s not about something bad, it’s about something good, it’s about love, that’s the difference.
Me: A lot of people compare you to Usher. How do you feel about that?
Massari: For me, that’s a very, very good thing because Usher has been around forever and he’s done so much. This is my first album and I’m already compared to him, so I’m NOT complaining. He’s someone I look up to. He’s an amazing artist and he is one of the hardest working men in the industry definitely. He inspires me
Me: What are your future plans and goals?
Massari: I want the whole world to know my name. I’m not going to stop until the whole world knows my name. I’m going to go until I can’t do it anymore which is never. I’m just going to keep going. I’m going to work as much as I can and try to make a difference.
Me: What would you tell a person that follows your foot steps?
Massari: I would tell them follow your dreams. I swear, I’m a living proof that dreams come true and don’t even stop working. Practice, practice, practice! If you think you’re ready, you’re not. Just keep practicing because you’ve got to be over-ready, over prepared so that once you do get the chance, you’re not lacking anything, whether it’s experience or anything. And no matter what field, not just music. If you want to succeed in life, there is no better way than to put your hard work in so that you actually get the result. It’s karma and it’s the rule of the universe. You work, you get something for it. You don’t work, you’re not getting enough. A lot of people are born with a silver spoon and that’s fine but not everybody has that opportunity. When I was growing up, we didn’t have anything and I had to make everything for myself.