Sanya Shahzad, a 21 year old Pakistani musician based in Islamabad is currently living in UK. She is a brilliant singer/songwriter who has been singing for as long as she can remember. She is pursuing a degree in Film Production from Royal Holloway, the University of London. Her favorite musicians are Bring Me the Horizon, Don Broco and Dua Lipa to name a few. She plans on releasing an album very soon and nowadays she is actively working on it too.
PHASER Music Team took a very dumpy interview of Sanya to know more about her hidden talent!
- When did you start singing?
Honestly, for as long as I can remember.
- Which instruments do you play most?
I play the piano mostly, and then comes the guitar.
- You obtained a degree in film and are also a very talented singer. Films or singing, what attracts you the most what will you pursue professionally?
Why not do both? I love to sing and act as well. I would always prioritize singing more than filmmaking, but let’s see what the future holds!
- Does your family have interest in music?
Yes! I think we all get it from our mom as she loved to sing and can even play a few notes on flute!
- Which famous singer do you admire the most and why?
The pop star of the year, Dua Lipa, is actually someone I admire a lot! Other than that, Sia, Demi Lovato, and Christina Aguilera are a few of my vocal influences.
- Have you participated in any competitions?
Yes, I did but could win NONE! Except for one from when I was in 7th grade. But these competitions don’t make or break your career.
- Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio or TV?
As I live in UK and go to the university, it’s really difficult to keep a balance between the music and studies. When I visit Pakistan, I try going out and perform in public areas and meet other musicians like myself, also I gained a little experience in TV industry via Nescafe Basement. Radio is still something I haven’t done yet, however my single has been played on this platform several times, it definitely feels good!
- How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Making an “Oh no! What was that? It was terrible?” face. I’m a human, there’s no harm in making mistakes.
- How often and for how long do you practice singing?
I would like to say that I practice every day but to be very honest, I practice singing even while taking a shower! Every day I try to hit a higher note and correct myself by getting the technique right.
- Do you also teach music?
No! I’m the type of person who thinks there’s always room for improvement and that I still have a lot to learn. I don’t teach professionally, however, I was the musical Director in my University for a small choir, and I help my younger sister a bit with her singing, and got her started with Ukulele!
- What advice do you have for beginners who get nervous?
Allow yourself to be a starter. This is an advice I still give myself. Know that finesse takes time, you just have to stay focused and keep moving forward. It’s okay if you fail at times, because success doesn’t come without failing a few times and that is how you learn. Last but not the least, don’t ever get intimidated by others, if anything, you should aim to be like them in case they’re better than you at something.
The pop star of the year, Dua Lipa, is actually someone I admire a lot!
“When I visit Pakistan, I try going out and perform in public areas and meet other musicians like myself, also I gained a little experience in TV industry via Nescafe Basement”