It is truly an honor to be able to have been given the chance to be allowed to interview such a talented and successful woman. She manages to balance out her passions in life quite well, which include bellydancing, singing, modeling, photography (modelling/styling/editing), videography, and more. She has been gotten to share the stage and perform with bands such as Moonspell, Orphaned Land, Epica, and Ex Deo. You may have even seen her modeling jewelry or clothing for numerous brands & companies such as Shrine of Hollywood, Alchemy Gothic, Aspire, Killstar, The Gothic Shop, Nocturne Jewellery, and The Rogue + The Wolf.
In 2017 she even took up a new project as the vocalist for the band Akheth and has done incredibly well since! Mahafsoun is her name and I’m very grateful for this interview. She truly cares about her fans and the passion and dedication she shares towards achieving her goals and becoming successful is truly inspiring!
Luny: I see you are quite multi talented with belly dancing, art, photography, modeling, and more. However do you find enough time to do everything you love?
Mahafsoun: Thank you! I also work in a laboratory, which makes it all a little more complicated to balance. I just try to take care of myself as much as I can do have the energy for it all, and try to do what feels right in that moment. I may be feeling inspired by new music, so I will quickly rent the studio studio to make some bellydance videos. Or I may be feeling down, which for me is the perfect time to write and play music on my piano.
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Luny: In life right now, what do you find yourself currently learning to do and has it been hard?
Mahafsoun: I’m still learning to balance life and art, which has been proven to be one of the hardest things to do for me. To know when to stop creating and rest my body and mind. And to know how to “snap out of the laboratory mode” and get back to the core of what I’m passionate about in life, being art. My artistic side and normal side are always at war with one another… with my day side focusing on the next day at the laboratory, playing with blood and focusing on the patients, and my artistic side constantly day dreaming at work, planing on the next dance video.
Luny: I noticed in 2017 you started a new project as a vocalist of Akheth. What has that been like and what plans do you have after releasing your single “The Asylum”?
Mahafsoun: AKHETH has been something that Roberto, its founder, was talking with me for years, to get me involved. Since singing and writing music isn’t as natural to me as dancing and photography, it has had its own challenges. Thankfully the AKHETH fanbase is already such a strong and dedicated one that we’ve all been inspired and excited to keep making music. Right now we are working on several new songs alongside pianist Lillian Liu, who is really bringing the songs to a complete and beautiful state. I really love how the new songs are sounding so far and I have a strong feeling that the AKHETH fanbase will too!
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Bodice: Shrine of Hollywood
Luny: On the topic of belly dancing, which I know very little of, what are some differences you see in western and eastern styles and techniques?
Mahafsoun: To be honest, since I was never professionally trained to dance, it’s hard to answer that question. While good technique is vital, for me personally the emotion behind your moves is even more important. A lot of professional and beginner dancers who have watched my videos have commented to me that they notice that my dancing is more emotional and less technical, which I completely agree with. I have always focused on moving in a way that is “beautiful” or “powerful”… or “sad” depending on the music, and the emotions I feel due to the song. I focus less on whether the move I am doing is technically correct or not. I feel like often when a dancer becomes too technical, the dance loses some emotion, becomes too robotics and rehearsed. Although a lot of dancers who focus on technique have the talent to also put emotion behind their moves.
Luny: I see that you have been lucky enough to be able to dance with some amazing bands! I love Orphaned Land myself. What are some up coming bands you’d like to work with and why?
Mahafsoun: I love this question! Some of my dream bands and musicians to perform with are Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lindsay Sterling, Evanescence, Crosses, Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Behemoth. Each for different reasons. And while it may be a bit hard to imagine a lot of these bands as ones that I could dance with… I’m positive that I can make it work.
Luny: You recently visited LA twice I read? What was that like and have you considered visiting and attending any vampire balls in New Orleans, La?
Mahafsoun: It was wonderful. I love LA so much. The art, life and culture is amazing there. I have visited several times to perform at the Endless Nights Vampire Ball and Salons. The last time I was there was also for my bag collaboration with the talented artist Avelina De Moray. I believe that in October of 2018, I may be performing at the New Orleans Vampire Ball, although it is not yet confirmed. If so, it would be my second time in NOLA.
Luny: If you had to give up one thing the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Mahafsoun: I’d give up carrots… I can live without them.
Luny: Finally, is there anyone you’d like to say thanks to or any websites you’d like to mention?
Mahafsoun: This year, I have to thank my amazing brothers in Orphaned Land for making one of my dreams come true. As always I want to thank the people who have supported me this far, as nothing would be the same without their love and support. And thanks to you for this wonderful interview!
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