Raq Star Interview with Dakota

 Where were you born?
Bethesda, Maryland.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Artistic, musical, imaginative.

What is your favorite song, movie, book, dessert?

Song:  Until the End of the World
Movie:  Killing Bono

Book:  Life of Pi
Dessert:  donuts

What's your favorite iPod app?

The music app.

How long have you been playing music?

Since I was born.  My parents say I was born playing guitar.

What is your first inspiring musical experience?

Ever since I was born I have loved music.  But my first "musical mark" was when I was around 4 years old, and we were at our town's community concert band performance when the conductor asked someone from the audience to conduct the band and my parents volunteered me.  I remember feeling important.

What was your most embarrassing moment in performance?

Once my pickup on my oud died on me creating a very loud buzzing sound while creating a lot of feedback.

Who are your 3 favorite performing artists?

Dave Mathews, U2 and Ellie Goulding.

What inspires you to play music?

Two things...chicks and my endless love for music.

Why do you play Middle Eastern music?

Since I was a toddler my parents have been playing Middle Eastern music, and its just as natural to me as Western music.



“When I play music, I feel like I leave this world and float to another planet.”

At 17 years old, Dakota has been playing on the stage with TarabRaqs for seven years.  He delights audiences with his remarkable talents on strings.