Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

We lack originality: Haroon Shahid



Haroon Shahid has been trying for a long time to push his band Symt forward but he suspected his attempts might be futile. He was stating in an interview that “We’re all still great friends,” he explained that “Farhan, our bass player, still plays with me but he does sessions for other artists as well. Hassan Omer is producing for other artists too but since I am a vocalist, I couldn’t do anything else. They could depend on other means but I had to wait for Symt to get active again.”

Shahid elaborated the cause why his band had been overlooking in action recently. He said “We extinguish very little content as we had very little time together. As well, we agreed that the songs we did were written by me, which was unfair to the rest of them,” he further added, “In an event, dividing a particular quantity likewise amid band members and session players just weren’t viable anymore.”

Paradoxically, Shahid, in addition, won’t seem on the Levis Live music platform with Farhad Humayun, though he has had an extensive working association with the musician and the brand. He continued “Farhad is the one who was the most leading in the early stages of my career but I won’t be taking part in the show because of personal causes.”

Meanwhile, the Pyar Di Ganderi singer is working on his own music through Noori’s Believe in Yourself (BIY) platform. Shahid added “We are only putting out singles but I think we need to put out albums as well,” Shahid continued by saying that “With at least a 100 songs out, we would be able to say new music is indeed coming out of Pakistan.”

A lot similar to numerous of his peers, Shahid is of the view that there is a broad deficiency of novelty in the Pakistani music industry. He told “I am concerned that there is no focus on making new content, even on Coke Studio, which is the country’s biggest music platform,” he added “In fact, sometimes, the same song is being done twice on the show and then at a smaller scale on Nescafe Basement. Consequently, the newer generation finds it difficult to digest new music for the reason that that’s where we have left the industry.”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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