Wake Island is an electronic producer duo originally from Beirut and now based between Montreal and New York. Through their music, they attempt to reconcile their Arab roots with their North American lives, infusing Middle-Eastern sounds into songs that are inspired by Detroit techno and 80-90s pop/rock.
Composed of Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal, Wake Island’s upcoming full-length, Born To Leave (out April 30th), explores identity from various personal and societal angles through songs in three languages (English, French and Arabic).
Taken from the album, “Nouvelle Vague” (English Version) draws on the pair’s experience in overcoming the fear of change. Inspired by both Detroit techno and French electronic music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, the song also takes influence from Wake Island’s own middle-eastern musical heritage with violin lines and arrangement ideas that can be found in the works of artists such as Elias Rahbani.