An emerging talent, Maria Unera was born in Islamabad and has been a sought after Artist for the past few years in the twin cities. PHASER Music Team took a short interview of her recently to know about her hidden qualities and what keeps her going! Read on…..
- Tell us about your musical journey, how did you start off?
Well, I started singing when I was a little girl, but I professionally started performing for an audience when I was 16 years old. It’s safe to say that my career started off two years after and since then I’ve just been doing different projects with different brands.
- How do you feel being an Islooite, is there pressure for you as a musician because there is less media?
Honestly, I think people underestimate Islamabad a bit too much. I don’t feel pressured at all, in fact I feel more proud to represent Islamabad wherever I go, whether it’s within Pakistan or outside. Yes we do lack in terms of exposure through media. But everyone has cellphones, everyone has access to the internet. It’s not all that difficult anymore, that’s just my opinion though.
- Who is your all-time inspiration in music?
I have been following the band Paramore since I was a teenager. I’m really influenced by their song-writing and how they project their emotions through their lyrics; but if we speak genre wise, there is no surprise that I’m insanely influenced by Lisa Hannigan. She brings intense emotions to her lyrical delivery that really enhances one’s mood. Lisa Hannigan was actually the singer/song-writer who inspired me to write my song ‘Strong’ for my mother. She will forever be my number one!
- Have you faced any difficulties as a female musician in the Pakistani music industry?
I have and I still am. It sucks! I won’t hold back to say that, because it’s the truth! It really breaks my heart to see the immense demotivation. But I can say that it has never brought me down. I recently realized that it’s not only in Pakistan where they give female musicians a hard time. No matter what field of art or any sort of work you’d want to do, you will always face immense difficulties. You can think of it in two ways, whether it’s because you’re a woman or that maybe you could do better. I’ve faced so many people telling me that I’m wasting my time. Big Pakistani Directors, Producers, Corporate people, everyone basically – they’ve all told me that I’m good for nothing and that I’m wasting my time, and after a while you get fed up of listening to the same thing. Eventually I told myself that instead of taking all this