New Interview with German Songwriter, Ali Ciwanro

So Ali Ciwanro, where are you from? What’s your story?

Ali: I am from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. I was born on 25.11.2001 in Gelsenkirchen and grew up here as well. I come from a socially very weak area and have already sworn at the age of 14 to make it out of here someday.

How did you come up with your name, Ali Ciwanro?

Ali: I have Kurdish roots and “Ciwanro” is a word from the Kurdish language which means “sympathetic”. It was actually not planned to keep the name as a stage name, however, I got used to it at some point and then I didn’t change it anymore

When and why did you begin writing music?

Ali: I see music as art and as an outlet for emotional tensions. Every time I was feeling bad, I listened to beats and wrote my own lyrics to them.

Who has had the most influence on you as a songwriter?

Ali: The German rapper PA Sports. Definitely. His lyrics really influenced and touched me as a kid and were the reason why I fell in love with music.

Talk me through your creative process. What goes into writing a smash hit?

Ali: Most of the orders I get are from artists who are trying to release deep songs. In the first place, I need silence.  I go into myself and try to crack my ego. Only then can I give free rein to my positive and negative feelings. 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers looking to make a name for themselves?

Ali: Don’t think about whether your lyrics fit into today’s music industry. Free yourself and your soul as soon as you have a pen in your hand. Then success usually comes all by itself

What is your most recent composition, and what inspired it?

Ali: I am currently writing for an American artist. I am not allowed to mention his name at this time. However, we are working together on a complete album. It’s a very intense collaboration that came about through a recommendation

What are your thoughts on the current state of music? Do you prefer to fit in or are you more of a trendsetter? 

Ali: Music in the United States currently has a completely different quality than that in Germany. Many German artists, despite their success, unfortunately produce bad music. But I see a positive development in the last few months.

When all is said and done, what do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

Ali: I want people to look back on me and think to themselves that I was a lyricist with heart and soul

Check out more from Ali Ciwanro on his wiki page.

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