Just like there is no stopping to a wind, there is also no stopping to a talent that is meant to be successful someday.
Arsalan has always known what he wanted to do, always. He is an emerging musician, a graduate of Beaconhouse School Defence Campus in Pakistan and is fastening belts for some exciting international collaborations. Campusvibes speaks with him to know his journey:
So Arsalan, tell us about your journey so far?
My journey so far has been absolutely amazing. It’s like a roller coaster ride and I cannot think that it could have been any better. I’ve met new people. I’ve made new music. I’ve tested out my capabilities. So yup, it’s amazing. It’s like, people haven’t always been there for me but music always has.
What inspired you to pursue music as your career? And if not music, what would be the other option you would like to pursue in?
Music has been forever. It has always been music. Like I’ve always known what I wanted to do. Music has always been my savior; music has been an escape for me. Music is my everything.
If I was not a musician, I would have been in Films and TV and probably would have been a director or something.
What was your first song or first instrument? Where was that aired?
Actually, on my 3rd Birthday, I got this toy piano, so I started playing that. It was like; I could hear stuff and could play that in the next minute. I’ve always played by ear and it was a God-gifted thing. It was my first instrument and I learned to play “Symphonies” by Mozart on that little piano.
What was the most challenging part of the journey and how did you overcome that? Was there a specific moment when you knew what you wanted to do?
The most challenging part of my journey was the managing and juggling of music with my studies because, you know, you have to study and you have to do what you love. Although, I’ve always been a straight-A student and a topper throughout all my classes. I was only allowed to continue my passion of music when I bring home the best of grades. So somehow I’ve always managed to juggle and balanced both my studies and my music. [laughs…hahaha] In fact, there have been times when I used to have a book in my hand before going on stage.
I guess when I’m on stage and people cheering your name and singing your songs with you that is the moment I always feel I always want to be there. I can spend all my life on the stage. Singing. Performing. Doing what I love. That is the moment I always feel that yes, this is what I wanna do.
Can you tell us about your accomplishments after the success of your music?
Well, I had plans for Berklee College of Music, back in 2015 for Audio Engineering but my parents didn’t allow me to go there because they wanted me to get my degree first. But then I finally got into it. I guess that was an accomplishment. Then I won numerous competitions, both instrumental and as a band. Also, my first ever cover was aired on Radio One Lebanon, so it was kind of an international thing. And I’m also planning for some international collaboration.
What are your future plans? Any advice that you wish to give to others?
My future plans would be to make more music, collaborations and releasing new stuff and finishing my degree. And just, doing what I love.
Just advice and that is,
“You have to keep doing what you love. Keep going, there might be times that might let you down but you have to be consistent and you’ll reach the goal that you’ve always wanted to reach. Most of all, you have to be humble, humility is like one of the greatest qualities that you have to have. I don’t think a musician is complete if he/she isn’t humble.”
What are the three qualities an individual you think must have to achieve success?
- Humble and down-to-earth
- Consistent and belief in yourself
YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Very tough, I have a lot of them
ONE MISTAKE THAT YOU THINK EVERY INDIVIDUAL MUST AVOID: Deceiving another person
ONE IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNT IN LIFE: You always have to be humble
YOUR ROLE MODEL: My parents. I know their hardships and they‘ve done so much for me
A QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST: I’d rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I am not
ONE HABIT YOU WISH TO CHANGE IN YOURSELF: I’m a lazy person and I want to change that and be more active
BEST COMPLIMENT TILL DATE: I have a lot of them, so can’t name one.
So this was all about Arsalan, you with his soulful music and turned on many hearts and brought music in many lives.
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