Saturday, December 1, 2012

Interview with Gohar Yousaf young talented Singer

- I met a young talented actor, with a wide horizon, please introduce yourself for my readers:

- Well my Name is Gohar Yousaf iam 21 years old. I am from Pakistan a Lahori desi fun loving guy. Doing my Bachelors in Mass communication.

- You were surrounded by music since your early ages, please tell me, how did you choose this path, and when?

- I’ve inherited this particular skill from my father as I don’t belong to a proper and popular musically trained family.
I started singing in my school when I was in my 6th grade our music teacher Mr. John wanted me to sing few lines for him... He was actually taking auditions for our school choir.
I used to be very shy that time. I was really nervous I just went to him in front of my class he said I know you are getting nervous just close your eyes and sing whatever you want to I was like okay :) started a patriotic song and he played his keyboards with me when I ended that particular song he said your selected! Your ON you have to be in our school Choir you deserve to be there I was shocked that time with a big smile on my face and said thank you sir :) The whole class appreciated alot and so Sir John as well... that moment was life Changing. I was like yes I did it yes :) came back home told my parents about it I was really happy that day  becoming part of my School choir was a big thing to me used to face 400 to 500 students daily of my school. My stage fear got vanished participated in numerous shows and competitions from school and
Learnt a lot of things, techniques how to perform and how to present the particular content in front of the audience... in my 8th Grade I got some friends who were like me so we used to Perform as a band as I was the lead vocalist that time got hell lot of appreciation as well. With the passage of time people suggested me to work more and I should pursue singing and make it my profession. And at the end of my 8th grade I made my own composition worked on it and in 2OO8 I released my Debut  Track Dill nay tujhey( home based version) and the response was huge.... when I started my College I officially started music did proper concerts with a passage of time achieved alot in my teen age. But there is a long way ahead I want more I need to learn more I want to achieve alot but at the same time I can now say that I have made my own image as well being in underground scene i am still struggling for my aims and goals and I believe with the Grace of God i'm gonna achieve them for sure. - I am very impressed by your story... you have great experienxes in your young ages yet.

- What and who did really inspire you to get into field music?

- hmm a thing which inspires me that would be Guitar 4 sure Jal the band from Lahore released their song Aadat in 2004 I started playing guitar noticing Goher Mumtaz (lead guitarist and Vocalist) of Jal he is my inspiration over all..

- Lots of work needed to build a carrier and become famous, wich contains hard moments also...

- I have achieved alot but its a start for me there is long way ahead...
Obviously when an artist gets fans! Haters and leg pullers rise as well... I know how much i am. Capable of so never gave a damn about it!!! I always wanted support and prayers from my parents which I got so no problems! - Self-confidence and perseverance are very important, and the competitors should be to strengthen you.

- Who have you worked with?

- I have worked with (Karwan Band) (The Band Pavan) (Insomniac)...

- Is there any artist you want to work with?

- Aim desperate to work with Jal the band and Shruti Hassan from Mumbai (India)

- How do you see the work nowadays in your field easy or difficult?

- Its Quite difficult nowadays in Pakistan spreading your music to your listeners is really a difficult task we only had youtube for making our content easily accessible to our public. Youtube is banned from a long time young musician use social networking websites to promote their stuff as well... Shortage of electricity and our music Channels play Indian and international content more than their own... this thing can lead to career of a musician to and end. But fingers crossed!! I hope our music industry will grow more and more and I think If you’re passionate about your work u will do anything to achieve your goals God make ways...
- Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?

- Yes, I do have and its Kyun Jioun its on youtube people can search it through Google as well. I made it in 2009 this particular song is based on a true story of a friend of mine... basically its about suicide bombing attacks... song showcases the feelings of those people who lose their loved ones in such pathetic acts. So yes kyun Jioun is really close too me and off course one of my own favorite project as well.

- What are your plans for the future?

- Well currently i'm working on couple of projects of my own and for few new upcoming artists as well. Will be making lyrical content for them. Next song is going to be a gospel song which will out in March! - Oh, these are wonderful plans, i wish you can accomplish all of them.

- Do you have any advice for the young generation who want come into  the field of media (Music/ television/ Film)?

- Advice would be that whatever you’re planning or u want to do in media u must have the knowledge about it get trained in your field because competition is so tough nowadays makes yourself as stronger as you can so you meet to the international level! 
Be yourself, believe in yourself always! Give all Credit to God be thankful to him and be down to earth as much as you can. - Its fantastic to hear someone in such a young age talking this wisely, i wish that your succes will be worldwide, and your dreams will come true.
Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview with Shujat Ali Khan great young Singer and Musician

- I could call my self lucky, because I had the opportunity to make an interview, with a very talended young singer and musician Shujat Ali Khan. Big names can be found in his family, so he neednt go so far, to find the best mentors.

Shujat Ali Khan, grandson of legendary classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and son of leading contemporary classical singer Sharafat Ali Khan and nephew of Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan, has been singing since he was seven. Coming from Sham Chaurasi gharana (school of thoughts), which was founded in the 16th century by Mian Chand Khan and Mian Suraj Khan who were contemporaries of Mian Tansen at the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Shujat inherited the special talent for music. His grandfather Salamat Ali Khan and maternal grandfather, Nazakat Ali Khan were rated among the top classical singers. Shujat Ali Khan is the 12Th generation of Shamchurasi Gharana. Singing was in his blood so naturally he had to become a singer and to establish his career in singing. Ustad Salamat Ali Khan was his early guru then after his death Shujat started to learn music from his father Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan and his Uncle Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan.
Shujaat did his intermediate from the Government College Lahore and completed his graduation privately.
Shujat participated in a very popular TV reality show named SaReGaMaPa in 2008 and gave amazing performances on the stage of Saregamapa in front of legendary singers like Asha ji, Ghulam Ali Sahib, Suresh Wadkar, Anand ji bhai and Kavita ji as well as the mentors of Saregamapa challenge 2009 Himesh Reshammiya, Aadesh Shrivastava, Pritam and Shankar Mahadevan. Shujat is of the view though he did not win the competition but he won the hearts of the people who understand music and that really matters for him. He is really passionate about his singing and working very hard to establish his career in singing.

- Its no doubt, that you were surrounded by music since your early ages, but please tell me, how did you choose this path, and when?

Shujat Ali Khan: - Singing is not only my passion but its in my blood. From my childhood i loved to sing and i used to sing all the way either in classroom or its my home. I brought up by my grandparents. My grand father Maestro Salamat Ali Khan used to practice in front of me when i was so little and i used to sing with him. Finally my grandfather started teaching me classical music. Since that time i became passionate for singing and i choose singing as my profession.

- What and who did really inspire you to get into field music?

Shujat Ali Khan: - My real inspiration is my grand father Maestro Salamat Ali Khan, my father Maestro Sharafat Ali Khan and my Uncle Maestro Shafqat Ali Khan. when i started listening them then i decided to sing like them. But its hard to say that i can sing like them but i try to follow those such great classical music Maestros. So finally they became my inspiration in the field of music. –Listening to your singles, there is no use questioning your talent.

- Lots of work needed to build a carrier and become famous, wich contains hard moments also...

Shujat Ali Khan: - I just wana say Thanks to God who always help me all the way. I never found any problem while making my singing career, whatever i wished for i got it. But at this point wana definitely share something which i think is very important for me is that. Whatever profession we choose for ourselves its not an easy job to get it so quick. We require struggle in it to achieve your goal. I believe in it and i applied these instructions on myself. I am still in struggle and will keep going on with same hard work to get my aim. - What you achieved represents, that hardworking always birngs succes.

- Whom you met by your work, and where have you been lately?

Shujat Ali Khan: - I worked with many best musicians and artist nationally and internationally. Last year i went to India i got a chance to meet Salim-Suleman hugely talented music directors and had a jam session with them and got big appreciation. Then met Vishal and Shekhar very best music producers made them listen few of my music samples and was highly admired by them. Worked with Pritam who was also my Mentor in SaReGaMaPa. I worked with my uncle the great maestro Shafqat Ali Khan in Switzerland with musician Reto Weber and Band. It was a jazz band based in Swiss we were invited there by Swiss government.
In America i got a chance to share stage with a highly popular indian singer named Sunidhi Chauhan that was also a great experience. 2010 february i went to UAE with my uncle Shafqat Ali Khan for few of classical workshops and performances with few European promoters and artist. We were invited by Abu Dhabi government and promoter named Aski Mufti took our ban there.

- What are your dreams, who do you want to work wth in the future?

Shujat Ali Khan: - Now i want to  work with artists from all over the globe. I wanna make a world tour and wana perform with the best artist of the world. Besides that i wanna work with a great Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, the great percussionist drummer Mr. Shiva Mani, Mr. A R Rahmaan, the great keyboard and music producer Yanni, Mariah Carey etc etc.
I wanna make fusion with all of those great musicians. - Oh, these are wonderful plans, i wish you can accomplish all of them.

- You git evereything for the succes...what are results of your achievements?

Shujat Ali Khan: - InshAllah results will be positive all the way, as i mentioned already my belief is  strong.
- What you think how is a musician life nowadays, easy or hard?

Shujat Ali Khan: - Nowadays i must say music scene is not too much in Pakistan really, but the competition is quite strong among all the artists. I believe in hard work and i am following this thing and inshallah my belief is strong and i will make it easier with my devotion to my music.

- Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?

Shujat Ali Khan: - I had many musical projects which i completed, but i wanna share my own album musical project which i completed recently. I really put lots of hard work on it and hopefully my audience gonna like it. One special thing i wana share to my fans and friends i did some musical projects as a music producer as well with few American Musicians in which i worked on a project with American music producer Mr.Richard Michos (guitarist),John Steiner (piano) and Mannose (flutes). One project i did as a music producer with a great DJ named Mr. Cheb i Saba from America. These are few musical experiences which i shared and enjoyed alot.

- You went far lately, you must have a lot of plans in the future, plesae tell us about them.

Shujat Ali Khan: - My music Album is ready to launched and very soon i am going to release it. First i will release a music video then will launch my album after that. I am also launching my sufi classical band very soon as a mystic and classical music with fusion. - That is  fantastic, i wait it excited.

- You must have a lot of experinece, as a musician, do you have any advice for young people who want become in the field of media (Music/ television/ Film)?

Shujat Ali Khan:- My advice to young musicians and artists who really wana come and wana make their place as an upright artists. I suggest them to practice all the way, get best training from a right teacher and a right guide and keep their beliefs strong to get their goal. never lose heart and try try again till succeed.
Few of my songs are sung in Bollywood Movies inshallah hope my audience listen it soon.

- Its fantastic to hear someone in such a young age talking this wisely, i wish that your succes will be worldwide, and your dreams will come true.
Thank you.


Read Shujat other interview:

A performance which has become so memorable when very popoular actress miss Manisha Lamba joined me on stage and danced with me

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