Pakistani rock star Atif Aslam recently opened up about his previous , present and future life chapters in one of the most famous Pakistani show “Speak Your Heart with Samina Peerzada”
“I remember our first meeting,” the Dastaan star said. “It was at Indus Awards. We met at Alhamra Arts Council and you gave me your first music CD. I knew then that you’d make it big. I knew you’d go places” he stated. “I’ve heard legends and maestros praise my voice. It’s overwhelming. I’m a nobody who shouldn’t be at the receiving end of the such comments and I’m extremely humbled.” You cannot deny that there’s a certain connection you feel every time you hear one of Aslam’s compelling ballads. “I’ve been told that my voice is very distinctive. I’ve been told people feel extremely connected to it. They feel it’s relatable. And I somehow understand what they mean,” he said.
“Our parents were very prim and proper. But we always got one toy every day. That was a ritual,” he shared. “The money didn’t really matter.” Growing up, Aslam was fond of cricket. He admitted there was a time when he didn’t really like music. “There was no music at all during my childhood,” he said. “The first time we heard music was when my eldest brother bought a tape recorder. Even then, only he was allowed to touch it”. “My father was transferred from Lahore to Rawalpindi and our house was empty. I remember I sang with all my might. I became scared of my own voice,” he continued. “That’s when I realised I have a gift.”
He then went on to reveal why Jal Band was split. “My brother was managing Jal, not as a favour but because he was working in marketing,” Aslam asserted. “So when we started attracting audiences and people started calling us for shows, I suggested that since my brother was already managing us, he should do this full-time and work for us. A monetary discussion never happened.” Soon, fellow Jal member Gohar Mumtaz suggested his brother could manage the band as well, which ticked Aslam off. “It came down to who was earning more money and that annoyed me. Gohar then went on to ditch me while we were rehearsing for a concert to represent the band on a channel – a band both of us were part of – single handedly,” he said.
“And then he lied about my absence, saying a family member had died so I couldn’t make it. I was called to corroborate this, I told them the truth.” Even after the split, Jal was back with a new frontman and Aslam chose to go solo with his debut album Jalpari. “I knew if I had talent and passion for music, I don’t need a certain name or label to make me successful,” Aslam said. “And Alhamdulillah, I was right.”
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