Nasri’s first big break came when he distributed his first song by hand to local Canadian radio stations in the early 2000s. He later found widespread success as half of the record production duo, The Messengers, who are known for crafting songs with artists like Justin Bieber, Shakira, Halsey, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Michael Bolton, Jason Derulo, Vanessa Hudgens, John Legend, Chloe x Halle, HER and Skip Marley. All the while, Nasri was touring the world with Magic! known for their 2014 smash hit “Rude”.
Nasri’s resume is incredibly impressive, but apart from being an amazing singer, songwriter, and producer … he’s a really cool dude.
“I think humor plays a definite part in my life,” said Nasri in his hilarious new interview with The Rockstar Experience Podcast. “My dad is kinda funny and my brothers are kinda funny. We always try to make each other laugh so it was natural for me to want to break a lot of tension in the room.”
“And it seems like nothing’s off-limits, which I like about you already,” said Brian Calle, co-host of The Rockstar Experience.
“No, nothing’s off-limits. I roasted you guys off-air, I’ll roast you on air too,” Nasri replied with a chuckle.
“I’m definitely always in that place, 24/7. I remember one time we were doing an interview and my drummer was like, ‘Can you turn it off?’ Because I just wouldn’t stop,” he laughed.
His sentiment seems to ring true. After talking briefly about his big bro / lil bro dynamic with Justin Bieber, it was right back to fun and games.
“I did a lot of Justin stuff and I’m very proud of the work I did. Our relationship is natural in a way that I’m really thankful for. We’re kinda like music industry brothers. We are very competitive with each other. We were in a meeting with like twenty people and he just can’t help it, he looks at me like, ‘Yo, you wanna play ping pong?’”
“I am a ping pong beast and I’ll say that Justin Bieber is one of the best ping pong players in the industry,” Nasri continued.
Nasri’s personality is reflected very well in his musical endeavors from the fun upbeat vibes of Magic! to the smooth Sade-esque vibes of his solo EP “Here For You”.
“What’s fun about this new adventure is you’re hearing me,” Nasri said about his new EP. “I’m playing the guitar, I’m playing the bass, I’m doing all the vocal arrangements and writing all the lyrics and stuff. I can’t really explain it but you’re literally in my feelings when you listen to it. I was on Zoom with Marc Anthony and I played him some of it and he freaked out. He said, ‘You need to brand this, this is your own genre.’ I was thinking something in the world of like… Vibe Adult Music. This is not music for kids, but for adults. Because adults are dying for adult music.”
Check out more of Nasri’s interview with the Rockstar Experience Podcast for more musical gems and celebrity ping pong stories, and check out Nasri’s Here For You EP available on all streaming platforms. ❖