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Young Pakistani singer seeks international renown through platform
By Jamil Khan August 14, 2018
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SHARJAH: Arsalan Hasan, a young Pakistani singer, is the youngest artist in the country who signed with a global platform Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to represent him internationally.

Hasan has been entertaining music lovers as he is multi-talented: a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, audio engineer, mix engineer, songwriter and composer.

Talking to The Gulf Today, he said, “Before singing I start playing the piano. I got a toy piano on my third birthday.

I started playing the tunes and melodies I was listening to around me. I was in the school choir and I was too shy to sing alone but eventually I started my solo singing career a couple of years back.”

Residing in Lahore, Pakistan, he graduated from A Levels with straight As and is currently studying chartered accountancy.  Prior to debuting his international performance at a private function in Dubai last week, he has performed all over Pakistan where he entertained the youngsters in schools and college functions.

“I recently signed with BMI which is known to represent artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift etc. I am the youngest Pakistani to sign with BMI who will represent me internationally,” he said.

He was awarded a scholarship at the Berklee School of Music, US. “I’m the first and only Pakistani to be featured on Radio One Lebanon based in the US which is a matter of pride not only for me but all singers in the country,” he said.

Hasan has won several competitions during his O and A Levels and is working on a couple of exciting projects with multinational brands.

Even though he so far released one single ‘Umeed’ he is working on a number of songs and plans to release them soon with international collaboration. Talking about his appearance in the television series ‘NESCAFÉ Basement’ in Pakistan, he lauded the support and termed the platform as an excellent exposure to an aspiring young musician. “It’s more than just a platform. It’s a whole learning experience,” he said.

Responding to another question, he said, “I think social media has played an enormous role in helping me grow. The amount of people you can reach around the world is unbelievable. People get to know you and your art and its super easy and anyone can do it,” he said.

When asked about his career in singing or chartered accountancy he responded, “I’d love to be an entrepreneur and have my own firm one day but the heart wants what the heart wants. I think music is my true calling and I’d love to keep pursuing it in the future along with being a finance person. Only time will tell,” he added.
 

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