Name: Wassim Ali
Profession: Junior operator / musician
Nationality: French Algerian
Motto: “Never hate on someone that sins differently than you.”
Your most valued possession?
I have quite a few, but if I could choose three those would be: My Gibson Les Paul Custom, My leather Perfecto, and my past experiences.
Where can we find you hanging out most?
I don’t really have a favourite haunt, I tend to move around a lot
One thing you cannot live without?
Music, GOOD music
The person who inspires you the most?
Anyone who overcomes adversity to become successful or influential
Five things you need for survival?
A good book, a guitar, a pen, a notebook, and cheesecake.
What car would like to own?
The Mercedes SLS has always been my favourite, but I ‘m more into Harley Davidsons than cars.
Describe a typical day in your life.
Every day is different, I don’t have a typical day per se. I usually get up at 5 am and work to about 3 or 4 pm. Once I’m done with my obligations, it really depends on my mood.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t know. I only hope to be happy and healthy.
What is your idea of peace?
A day in a forest or somewhere by the sea
Your goal in life?
To always be faithful and true to myself, to never conform or compromise my integrity just to please the wrong people.
What item do you keep buying even though you have plenty?
I overstock on shoes, guitar picks and new era baseball caps – it’s ridiculous!
What are three things that today has taught you?
Always be yourself, good things happen to good people on the long run and try your best to be as compassionate, patient and empathetic to people no matter how ignorant or stupid they are or seem to be.
Who in your life deserves a big old thank you?
My father, my younger brothers, my childhood friends: Omar and his awesome family, Sinan for teaching me how to play a decent power chord; Angie for all the cheeseburgers and the laughs that came with them; Abdul for getting me hooked on The Ramones; my ex bandmates for the crazy gigs we’ve had and every person that’s been there for me in desperate times.
Have you found your purpose yet?
Yes I have but it’s a secret.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
When I was 19 I hitchhiked from Paris to the Albanian border and back with nothing more than 200 euros and a sleeping bag.
What is your earliest memory? How old were you?
Listening to my dad’s Beatles records and watching Bruce lee movies. I was five years old.
If your life was a book, what would it be called?
Jack of all trades, master of none.
If you wanted to look absolutely great, how would you dress?
I’d suit up, nothing makes a man look fine and dandy quite like a custom made Italian suit.
Who would you most/least like to be stuck in an elevator with? Most: my friend Faisal Eissa, and least: know-it-alls and useless people.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, would you do so? Whom would you pick?
This might sound weird, but I’ve always wanted to know what it was like to have Stephen Hawking’s brain. Either him or Joe Rogan.
How can the right music make a party better? What music do you usually put on to get the party started?
Pendulum, the Prodigy or Wu tang clan’s 36 Chambers album and ICP always do the trick for me.
List the albums/ songs that you would want to play on your funeral.
Can’t choose between Minerva by the Deftones, All Apologies by Nirvana, Castles made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane’s Saturday afternoon, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s She’s gone, When the sun comes up by the Dead Skeletons or 18 years by the Black Angels .
What’s your current Last SONG syndrome (LSS)?
Brimful of Asha by Cornershop and Batali by Alonzo and Mc Freek.
If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?
South Park, That 70’s show, and Vikings.
What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
A weekend spent with loved ones is perfect or some alone time with my guitars.
What’s on your wish list of countries to visit?
South East Asia and South America have always been at the top of my wish list.
A historical event I wish I witnessed:
The Doors live and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock