I am currently an art student in my third year. I have been studying music under my classical piano teacher since I was 6 years old. I was very fortunate and blessed to have been born into a family full of extremely talented individuals. They were the people I compared myself to while growing up. I am an artist. I don’t want to refer to myself as a musician. I don’t want to limit myself to just one thing. I love music more than anything but I have a strong attachment to many of the other arts. I picked up guitar at the age of 16.
I was supposed to go to Berklee School of music in Boston after I had graduated from school. I applied and had even gotten a letter informing me of my audition date in Boston after I had sent them the necessary application information online.
I was extremely excited but changed my mind after giving the matter some serious thought. I wanted to translate all the creativity and knowledge I had accumulated till that point in life into something perceptible.
I was signed by EMI Pakistan to record and release my own music when I was 18 years old. I was fascinated by the idea of doing something that has never been done before here. I wanted to make something that allowed me to incorporate my classical piano training and other instruments with my guitar style and aesthetic sensibilities. I wanted to do it all on my own. When I was 19 I released an EP entitled ‘Flashes and Sparks’. I wanted to make sure I accomplished this before I turned 20. I played a significant role in the planning and preparation for the film piece to my percussive guitar piece ‘FIRE FLY’. I came up with the concept, art direction and plot and narrative. The video was released in March 2011 and is doing very well. As I progress I want to advance even more.
I recently finished a musical short film entitled ‘RUCKUS’ that I wrote and directed. Australian filmmaker Summer Nicks and his film company Bodhicitta Works produced the film. I also completed my LP entitled ‘CIRCUS IN THE SKY’ which contains all my orchestral compositions as well as guitar and piano pieces.
I make it a point to do all the artwork for the album sleeve, as I like to give everything a personal touch.
That’s the beauty of art. It’s a journey with no arrival. You are always a student. My current activity is working to improve everything I do.
My parents always inspired me; they never discouraged me from pursuing anything. In a country full of inhibitions and taboos my family was like a glass of ice water in a desert. I cannot thank God enough for blessing me with parents who allowed me to follow my dreams.
I am passionate about harnessing creativity and enthusiasm into something truly unique. This doesn’t need to be limited to art and music. It’s an approach that can be applied to everything.
I think it is important that people realize that they have the power to do anything. People who are no different from us did everything that was accomplished and will be accomplished in this world. They believed in a vision that they had and executed it till it became a reality. Nothing is impossible. It sounds terribly cliché but it’s very true. Once someone realizes this, they will be released from any inhibitions and will truly be able to fly.
Creativity and passion needs to be cultivated and harnessed in order to create something unique. People like Steve Jobs used to maintain that Apple remain at the crossroads of the liberal arts and technology in order to create their innovative products whereas Tiger Woods uses his imagination and creativity to perform golf shots that stun the whole world.
We live in an era where we have the entire worlds knowledge readily available to us. We are extremely fortunate and blessed to be living in this day and age.
Talk to me about using our experiences and knowledge to create something unique. I would love to contribute to anything that will be the catalyst to change and moving away form the status quo.
I love tinkering with technology. I follow tech forums actively. I also regularly track the development of the booming smartphone and tablet industry, the post PC devices that are shaping our world.
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