An ace guitarist, composer and music producer Shallum Xavier has been recording professionally for over 20 years, and has performed as a session musician and recorded with artists together with Ali Haider, Najam Shiraz, Zeb and Haniya, Hadiqa Kiyani, and (former band) Strings. “I began enjoying guitar on the age of 8, I used to be impressed by a pastor at certainly one of my Sunday college class at The Baptist Church Karachi. He used to sing a number of the most melodious Hymns,” says Shallum. In line with him, he was launched to the music business by Hussain Ali Shah, Emu and another pals.
In 2002, Shallum with Emu and Shafqat, shaped the band Fuzon. Their first Album ‘Saagar’ was launched within the 12 months 2003. Shallum has been awarded ‘Greatest Guitarist of Pakistan’ in addition to an award for ‘Greatest South Asian Band’ and ‘Greatest Composer’ for his composition of ‘Khamaj’. He has collaborated independently with Ingrid Kindem, Hildegun and Mocci (Fryd), and has carried out with them on numerous events in each Pakistan and Norway.
Lately, Shallum has launched ‘The Jam Room’ on RINSTRA.com. He’s at present engaged on his personal album which options numerous artists from throughout the borders. In an unique interview with You! Shallum talks about his ardour for music and a few of his likes and dislikes…
You! What’s your most memorable live performance to-date?
My most memorable live performance was Fuzon’s first ever Worldwide efficiency on the Royal Albert Corridor London England within the 12 months 2005.
You! What’s the position of a guitarist in making any tune hit?
If the guitarist can also be a composer, which is sort of widespread, then she or he performs a pivotal position in creating the appropriate power, the appropriate chord construction together with creating illustrious riffs and sensational solos that may simply captive audiences and followers from all nooks and corners.
You! Do you make your personal compositions?
Sure, I develop melodies as I’ve been composing songs since I began enjoying the acoustic guitar. ‘Ankhoon Kay Sagar’; ‘Teray Bina’; ‘Neendh Na Aye’; and ‘Saajana’ are all my compositions that I did for Fuzon albums. I’ve additionally composed for different artists and performers together with theme songs for numerous tasks.
You! Is that this God-gifted or can anybody change into a guitarist?
If anybody may have change into a guitarist then everybody would have change into a guitar participant. It’s God’s present that it’s a must to work on on daily basis of your life, on daily basis, many hours.
You! Why are there only a few guitarists in Pakistan?
Why are there too many actors and actresses in Pakistan? As a result of that’s the place everyone seems to be concentrating, there may be most help for the tv business for the reason that final 15 years. Alternatively, with zero music channels and restricted dwell music occasions nobody is eager about changing into a guitarist. Have you learnt, enjoying guitars requires a minimum of 6 to eight hours of observe on daily basis for a interval of 10 to 12 years. Add one other 4 years to the combo to really change into an expert. So, it’s a really tough instrument that requires utmost endurance, dedication, ardour and one must be completely mad to change into a guitarist in Pakistan and proceed the journey as an expert musician.
You! Do we have now music faculties in Pakistan the place one can discover ways to play guitar?
Not one of the faculties listed below are able to giving the correct of classes and instruction to learners who wish to discover ways to play the instrument. In my expertise, I’ve but to see a music college that has the capability and functionality to show professionally.
You! Have you ever considered establishing music academy in Pakistan?
Sure, I’ve been looking for the appropriate help and other people to start out this journey with. I’m nonetheless searching for the appropriate sources to start out this undertaking. The provincial and Federal Authorities have to help and provides us all of the instruments because it must be carried out on a nationwide stage.
You! Are you able to inform us a bit about your latest undertaking – ‘The Jam Room’?
The Jam Room options each upcoming and established artists performing authentic compositions with only a few primary devices. This platform has created and can create alternatives for aspiring singers and musicians to indicate case their abilities and expertise in a type of authentic compositions. We have now recorded and launched 10 episodes with 20 songs that includes a number of the most good artists within the music scene.
You! Do you assume guitarists have future in Pakistan?
Guitarists must diversify. Pakistan has did not develop a real tradition of music the place numerous genres may have been promoted, accepted and appreciated, therefore all the intense musicians must do many different issues moreover guitar enjoying to help themselves financially. Mediocrity is sort of prevalent in all spheres of society so bubble gum music is well-liked right here. As a society we don’t perceive intricate musical constructions with finesse and vigour and guitar enjoying is all about dexterity and sheer dedication.
You! Do you miss Fuzon days?
Fuzon remains to be intact, we simply preserve altering vocalist after each 4 to five years. Nonetheless, I miss the touring, the large live shows and back-to-back dwell performances however that was a distinct time. It is a completely different time I’m blissful doing what I’m doing now and was blissful doing what I used to be doing again then.
You! What’s the price of one skilled guitar?
Nicely, it will possibly begin from 100,000 rupees and go up until 500,0000 and approach past.
You! Are you working carefully with organisations for the proliferation of music in Pakistan?
I’ve been professionally working as a music producer and composer at my audio/video manufacturing studio by the identify of ‘Level one three productions’ for a interval of over 15 years. We have now a workforce of skilled and passionate movie makers, audio engineers, singers and musicians. Our workforce has partnered with numerous established organisations just like the USAID, US Consulate Karachi, The British Council, Norwegian Live performance Institute, Pakistan Air Drive and lots of different to advertise music and gifted people kind underserved communities of Pakistan. Our workforce has organised memorable cross-cultural occasions in Pakistan and Norway with the assistance of our good friend kind the Norwegian live performance institute and different native and worldwide organisations. Our most up-to-date cross-cultural collaboration was a partnership with British Council Pakistan, Birmingham and Bangladesh by the identify of ‘Safar Suroon Ka’ a undertaking devoted in the direction of the singers and musicians from each Bangladesh and Pakistani.
You! Your declare to fame tune / tune as a guitarist:
‘Ankhoon Kay Saagar’ is my declare to fame as a guitarist.
You! Your favorite worldwide guitarists:
Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Nuno Bettencourt and Paul Gilbert.
You! Your favorite native guitarist:
You! Your favorite music composer:
You! Who do you get pleasure from most working with?
I get pleasure from working with Alycia Dais, she is actually an unimaginable singer.
You! Who’s your icon in music business?
Steve Vai internationally and Salman Ahmed from the native music business.
You! Who was your favorite rock/jazz star while you have been in your teenagers?
As a teen, I used to totally get pleasure from listening to Yngwie Malmsteen.
You! One factor you want greatest about your self?
My wittiness. I suppose could be fairly spontaneous.
You! Your most irritating behavior…
Watching an excessive amount of TV.
You! You do not like people who find themselves…
You! You’re afraid of…
God, non secular fanatics, politicians, uniforms and loopy stalkers.
You! Your most beneficial possession:
My household is my most beneficial possession.
You! Your all-time favorite film:
‘Again to the Future’.
You! What bores you essentially the most?
Watching the native information and politicians.
You! You’re loopy about…
Maya and Aaron.
You! How do you wish to spend your Sundays?
Nihari and tape ball cricket.
You! What’s your favorite tune these days?
‘Someone to like’ by Queen.
You! Should you had entry to a time machine which period would you revisit?
Most undoubtedly the ’70s, the hippie period. I’m certainly one of them, searching for the hippie path in Pakistan.
You! What’s the very last thing you acquire?
A transportable web system.
You! What books are in your bedside desk?
‘A Lovely Thoughts’ and ‘Angela’s Ashes’.
You! When I’m not working, I’m often…
Watching some music movies.
You! Crucial relationship lesson you’ve learnt thus far…
Don’t count on something from anybody; simply preserve giving as we’re despatched right here to provide love.
You! You get tremendous uncomfortable when…
When individuals talk about faith and politics.
You! The most important false impression about you…
Most individuals have this speculation that me, my dad and mom and my ancestors have migrated from Goa, that’s an enormous false impression. We have been all born and raised in Karachi; nevertheless, my nice grand Father was from Punjab making me a Punjabi.
You! Your favorite hangout?
As of late it’s house and the cricket venue on Sundays.
You! One thing only a few individuals find out about you as an individual…
I can stay quiet for hours.