One time I was about to perform with my band in front of 5,000 people and I was so nervous I peed my pants. I started the first song seconds later and no one noticed so we Gucci.
Oh, and “Believe In Your Fuckin’ Self” is tattooed on my back.
I also left my band, family and friends in Egypt, and sold my apartment and car to satisfy the passionate advertising nerd who wants to start a career in the United States.
Now that we got that out of the way:
Hi! Or as we would say باشا (which means like top-notch person in Arabic, it's how we do)
I am Hatem, a copywriter, voice-over talent, drummer, advertising nerd, motivational writer, pep talker and empathetic human.
First Things First:
It's pronounced Ha-tem; not Hatiiim, Hateeem, or Hate-Em.
I don’t hate nobody or anything, really.
Drumming Created The Advertising Nerd:
Most metal drummers focused on speed; I chose to focus on being creative first and making the best use of my entire drum kit; then speed.
That gave birth to the advertising/creative nerd within and pushed me to think differently (Oh Hi Lee Clow); working harder to offer a distinctive experience to who I am talking to with my work.
Random Things About Me And For No Reason:
I performed all over the world with my ex-band, Scarab.
I am not a fan of smiling in pictures, so I make silly faces instead and turned that into a tradition.
I mentioned that I don’t hate anything, I lied.
Crocs: I fuckin’ loathe that shit (THIS is how much),
We’ll stay friends if you own a pair, though.
I am renowned for being a consultant for Miami Ad School's international students and helping them get work visas in the United States.
I am the only Miami Ad School Creative in the world and in history to pursue a double major in copywriting and art direction.
Also, I created a guidebook for awards that is now widespread across the 15 Miami Ad School locations all over the world.
I fuck with Spotify’s algorithm. My music choices jump from death metal to N’Sync in a second.
On the musical note - pun intended - I am honored, humbled and proud to be crowned - by fans, drummers and other musicians - as the best and most creative metal drummer in Egypt.
I show appreciation and love by buying coffee and drinks for the ones I love - even at the expense of breaking the bank.
I promise it's pronounced Espresso, not Expresso.
Oh and I am Egyptian, so I can’t promise not showing up to work on a camel.