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My Performance With Ayah Marar Of “Beg Borrow Steal”

A little while ago I sat down with U.K. drum and bass artist, Ayah Marar, to perform 3 songs for the pop music website . One of the songs we did was Calvin Harris’s “Thinking About You,” on which Ayah is the featured vocalist. I posted about that performance back in August (check it out here). But ever since then Idolator had been sitting on the two other performances we had done. That is, until now.

Ayah’s newest single “Beg Borrow Steal” released a few weeks ago, so it was obviously a perfect opportunity for to post up our exclusive acoustic performance of the song. You can check out the short article and the video of the performance on the Idolator website. Or just watch the video below.

There is one other video still in the back pocket. I’m not sure if Idolator plans to post it or not, but as soon as they do I’ll be sure to share.

In the meantime, enjoy this acoustic performance of “Beg Borrow Steal” with Ayah Marar, featuring yours truly on guitar.

My Acoustic Performance Of “Thinking About You” With Ayah Marar

Dave Willard with Ayah Marar.

So I recently had a very unique opportunity to play guitar for an upcoming UK pop-star. For those of you who don’t know, during the day when I’m not teaching guitar or performing, I work at a small record label called Radikal Records. One of the new artists on that label is a very talented vocalist and drum and bass artist named Ayah Marar.

Aside from having her ¬†own solo album, “The Real,” Ayah also happens to be the featured artist on Calvin Harris’ latest single “Thinking About You,” from his platinum selling record “18 Months.”

Two weeks ago, Ayah was scheduled to be in New York doing some promotional interviews. The label set her up for an on camera interview and acoustic performance with the pop music website The only catch was Ayah needed a guitar player.

Conversation at work quickly came around to the suggestion of me taking on the task. So I happily took on the challenge of  coming up with some creative acoustic guitar arrangements of a few EDM songs.

Ayah and I performed 3 songs at the Idolator studio: two of her originals and of course “Thinking About You.” So far they’ve only posted the Calvin Harris song, which I think came out pretty good! Check out the video below or you can go see the original post here.