Particularly down to earth and very zealous about his trade, Joe Ashkar is a musical artist with stamina. Remaining true to his roots from day one, this musician has conquered an industry that sees many artists come and go. With songs that touch the heart and appeal to the masses, Joe Ashkar is the real deal!
On a Personal Note…
Where are you originally from in Lebanon?
Growing up, what did you hope to become?
A singer. If I didn’t become a musician I would have become a chef.
What did you study in school?
I finished high school in Lebanon at College des Apotres Jounieh, and then I studied music for two years at Jesuite, followed by 10 years of music studies at Conservatoire Kaslik USEK. I also studied business administration for two years at Intercollege Cyprus.
What gives you the most pleasure in your life?
Performing, singing on stage, and interacting with people and fans while performing as well as on social media.
What makes you angry?
When the political and security situation negatively affects our business, music, and concerts.
What makes you cry?
Losing someone close to my heart.
What scares you?
Heights and extreme sports.
If you could change something right now, what would it be?
I would go back to my childhood again.
Are you a spiritual person and how so?
Yes, I pray and feel close to God.
In one word, how would you describe your life?
Do you have any regrets in your life?
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
It was advised by my dad: لسانك حصانك ان صنته صانك وإن خنته خانك.
Who has been the most important role model in your life?
Every successful person in life is someone I look up to, whoever he or she may be.
What gives you inspiration?
Women and beauty.
Who do you admire?
How are you keeping busy these days?
I spend two hours exercising at the gym, two hours in the studio always working on new musical projects, two hours with the kids, and a full day with the family on the weekend and holidays.
Is there something you still want to do or accomplish in your life?
Many things are yet to come. On a musical level, I am working towards reaching more people in different areas and expanding my fan base.
How do you maintain balance in your life?
I divide my time between all the activities that I do during the day and make sure to make time to relax as well. I dedicate time for my family and for work, so it’s best of both worlds.
How important is friendship to you?
It’s very important to me and that’s why my real friends don’t exceed the number of my fingers.
The Opposite Sex…
What do you think is the most attractive trait in a woman?
The mystery in her eyes.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I used to believe in it years ago.
How long did it take for you to know you loved your wife?
When I met my wife… that was the first time I felt love at first sight… and it was also the last time.
How would you describe married life?
Family, kids, and commitments.
What do you dislike in a female?
An unstable and aggressive character.
What is the last thing you do before sleeping?
How many hours do you sleep at night?
Sometimes I sleep for 2 or 4 hours a day, and sometimes I sleep for 10 hours a day. It all depends on my work and how much I can calm down my mind.
What type of diet do you follow?
I eat everything with limits.
What does your workout routine entail?
I spend two hours at the gym every day, which includes cardio for one hour and weight lifting and fitness for one hour. I practice swimming occasionally.
What types of activities do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy hunting, cooking, and playing cards.
A Matter of Taste…
Are you a high maintenance man? Do you enjoy using creams, lotions, etc.?
No, I am not.
What is your favorite watch brand?
It depends on how the watch looks and its quality.
What is your favorite type of food?
Beans with meat and bones.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Do you have a favorite book?
The Prophet by Gibran Khalil Gibran.
What is your favorite type of music?
Classic music and oldies.
Do you prefer any particular brand of clothing?
Any good brand that suits me is a good brand to me.
Let the Music Play…
How long have you been a singer now?
How would you describe your style of music?
Musically, who has inspired you and your work?
I am inspired by the Egyptian keyboard player Magdy El Houssaini, Fairouz, Wadih El Safi, Sabah, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Oum Kalthoum, Warda…
How would you describe the music scene in Lebanon today?
It’s a bit of a mess.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
The members of my music band.
A Promising Future…
Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
I have many exciting plans on business and musical levels.
What are your goals?
I have many goals, among them to finish building my new dream house and expand on a business and musical level in all countries of the Middle East.
What challenges do you face?
All of my work is full of challenges, and that’s why I’m successful… because I face every challenge with a lot of courage.