While Quicksand is his rock debut, it’s not Ah!’s first time dabbling in rock music. His previous album Heartbreak’s a Beach 2 contained three rock tracks. However, on a 16-track album, one could easily have mistaken the sound like a gimmick to keep things interesting rather than predict it as a sign of what his next project would be. “Those three tracks were huge for me,” Ah! states, “I always like to try new things in my music. I can’t make the same thing over and over. I think I just got to a point where I was confident enough in my ability to step out of my comfort zone and try making something that sounded
like what I loved as a kid. I stayed up all night recording Danger Girl and loved it. That same week I recorded Runaway. About a month later, I recorded Ashes in the Urn while I was in LA. Once I made those, I knew I had to make more and eventually decided to make a record of just rock songs.”
When I asked Ahelghanai about his plans for future music, Ah! keeps his cards close to the chest. “I already have ideas for my next album, and I’m already starting to work on it, but I’m not rushing it. Even though Quicksand is just an EP, for me, it’s as big of an accomplishment as an album, so I’m trying to enjoy it and not rush right into the next thing. I’ve already dropped a music video for Dremamine, and I have two more music videos dropping soon. I want to have music videos for each song.” He’s equally reserved when talking about what kind of music we can expect next. “I have more rock music already recorded; Quicksand is just the start. There’s a lot of things in the works right now. It might not come out right away, but I’m going to drop more rock for sure. I also have a joint album with Theonlywass too called Middle East that we will drop sometime this year.
That project is the classic Ah! with me rapping more. But I got all kinds of stuff coming, and there’s something for everybody.” You can say Ah! likes keeping
his options open, letting his creativity guide him. “I make whatever kind of music I’m in the mood for. I wouldn’t say I like to plan too much.
When the inspiration hits me, I go right into album mode, and the music you get is the result of that. We’ll see what’s next.” His propensity to be spontaneous may seem counterintuitive in an age where marketing and massive rollouts for music releases are seen as a must for artists trying to grow their fanbase. Still, it doesn’t seem to be hurting the quantity or quality of the music. For Ah! the joy is in the creative process. “I have a master’s degree in business, but I don’t think of myself as a businessman or a musician first. I’m creative, and I’m an artist.
I love making music and putting it out into the world. I care about my art and having the freedom to do what I want with it. That’s why I’ve stayed independent even though labels have made me offers. I can’t be put in a box or controlled. I need the freedom to create. Usually, I don’t even know what I’m going to make until I’ve made it, so I’m waiting to see just like you guys. we’ll all find out together.” While fans are always itching for new music from artists they follow, fans of Ahelghanai can take comfort because he has an impressive work ethic and releases new music at a much faster rate than most artists. So, while whatever is next can’t come soon enough for some, this will give them more time to enjoy Quicksand, the four albums he’s released over the past two years, numerous singles, and the book he wrote last year (Frozen in Time the Book).
Whether he brings rock back again next or later on, Quicksand has certainly given rock fans an excellent reason to keep Ahelghanai on their radar.
You can stream Ahelghanai’s EP Quicksand on all platforms starting February 1st, 2021