I have always been drawn towards music. Growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, musical instruments were rare. Nonetheless, I pursued music with a relentless passion and taught myself through books and determination. I moved to the United States when I was 16 and my passion eventually turned into a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar.
I discovered production music in 2010 and saw in it a craft and skill that would allow me to use and blend all the different genres and styles of music that I had grown up with. I also found in it a way to express my unique heritage of World music and Western influences.
I am in awe of the power of sound and music, It is a mysterious force which I will never completely understand. I remain thankful that it is my way of life.
Master of Arts, Classical Guitar, Meadows Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Music Theory and Composition, Loyola Marymount University, 1990
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, 1990
Studied North Indian Classical music and slide guitar with Ustad Raees Khan
Guitars: Classical guitar, steel string acoustic, dobro, lap slide, electric guitar, bass guitar, fretless bass
Other Stringed Instruments: Mandolin, ukulele
World Instruments: Indian slide guitar (Mohan Veena), Turkish Oud, Afghan rabab, Baglama Saz, tumbi
Percussion: Bendir and frame drums, darbukas and djembes, bongos, tabla, shakers, udu, tablatones