Born to a Punjabi father who was from Simla/Delhi and a Portuguese/Scottish mother who was raised in Assam, India and was a young actor until she married his father. A very liberal and understanding family. Multi ethnic and multi religious background of him. As a child, he was always into music, dance and acting and knew it from day one that this is what he was born to do. So right now he own a marketing and entertainment company and besides that working as an actor and singer.
A human being who is happy and gratified in his life and is able to make a difference in this world and in few people’s lives if not many. Passionate about everything he do and yes very strong about his believes and principles.
This time, PHASER Music Team took an exclusive interview of him to get to know about the journey of his music career, so for the full scoop, here you go!
- How did you get started with playing – and creating – music?
This is like asking me “how did I start to breathe”? He he he, it’s something that comes to me as naturally as that. I was born for this. I hear, feel and see music and rhythm in everything and honestly it is present in everything, we just need to take time out to feel it.
- How would you describe your current sound?
Horrible … Ha ha ha ha … I always make my friends and family switch off my music when I am around them … But jokes aside… It’s something that is connected to the core of my heart. I am the kind of person who believes in going big or going home. So whatever I do whatever sound or music I create it has soul in it. But in a broader term it can be categorized as ‘POP’ with a soul. 🙂
- Let’s talk a bit about your songwriting process. How does a song usually develop – do you first start with the lyrics, melody, chord progression, or something else?
It’s a very mixed process sometimes melody comes first and then the lyrics and at times the other way round. Like my life I have not restricted my creative process, it is a free flow process however it happens I embrace it and move forward with it. Yes I do need help on many levels and for that I am blessed with the most amazing team of musicians, composers, song writers who have always helped me creating the most amazing pieces which the world will soon witness.
- What do you find most inspires you to write a song?
Freedom to think, to-be, to see things the way I see fit, music, dance, a smile anything and everything and above the belief ‘THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE’.
- Do you have favorite places or times where you like to write?
Mostly when I am by myself listening to music or singing along some old songs from the time when I had just started my career in the same field or when I am sitting outdoor sipping my espresso and enjoying the last drops of the golden sunshine right before the sunset or when I am in between my riyaaz with my Ustad Ehtesham Uddin Sahab, that’s when hundreds of ideas come rushing to my head and I actually share them with my Ustad who is always very encouraging.
- How long does it usually take you to write a song?
Sometimes weeks or months and sometimes just a few minutes … I have never been the kind of person who can do anything on demand it has to come to me in the most organic and effortless manner .
- What do you think is the relationship between lyrics & poetry?
The same that there is between two life partners or better halves. They can either make the other look and feel great or totally complicate things. I like my life and relationships simple personal and musical 🙂
- What instruments do you play, and which ones do you compose songs with?
The compositions are mostly done on a guitar and cajon, and when composing I usually prefer someone else playing them because I move a lot and like to be free ( as I mentioned before) when I am in my zone and going through a creative process . Otherwise I love Sitar, Harmonium and Guitar.
- Do you find recording to be a challenge that you enjoy?
Oh Yessssss….. Big challenge but honestly I have been blessed with such amazing team that have helped me each time and made the process a smooth sail for me. I love the rush when in front of the mic in the booth and it’s always the first note that determines how the rest of it will go. So far it has been great.
- We are interested in your musical roots – which musicians and songwriters have been the greatest influence? What are your favorite albums?
Ok well it goes back to the time when I was an infant (so I have been told by almost every family member ) I used to sleep only if I was left alone in the crib with my bottle and music playing right next to my ear there was no other way to make me sleep and then I grew a little older and my mom who is my inspiration and strength for everything I am today used to sing me to sleep in the most beautiful voice of hers and I remember each and every song she sang . As I grew older and entered my adult life I have followed and learned from Enrique Iglesias, Abida Parveen, Reshma Jee and in the much recent artists Umair Jaswal. One thing that is common in all of them is freedom, these are free souls that sing to me free and themselves.
- Who are your favorite current songwriters or musicians? Can you turn our readers on to someone they may not have heard of yet?
Enrique Iglesias is still current, I love Latin music and I have followed Alejandro Sanz and Juanes a lot along with Pablo Alboran.
- What do you think about the internet as a tool for promoting yourself & your music?
It’s the most amazing things that could happen to artists and musicians. We are not slave to so called music channels or record labels. There has never been and is not a single REAL record label. Even if some did come up all they did was exploit and ruin the musicians and the scene in Pakistan. All around the world the record labels while making money promote music and the artists in Pakistan, it’s all about owning the rising star and then putting a stop to their growth. Thanks to the internet and social media we are free now and can take charge of our own music careers.
- What are your plans & hopes for the future with regard to your music?
I have just started and by the power of the universe the response has been over whelming. I want to continue making music and share it with the world and hoping that the listeners would appreciate the sounds and words and will help me grow and become better each time.