First up, tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Hafeez Khan . I hail from the rainy city of Manchester where i was born in the mid-70s. I have always had a keen interest in the arts and fashion .I designed my own range of denim wear under my label nonchalant in the 90s. I was fascinated with how powerful a medium music was and how much it had influenced me in my life. Hence started to develop a keen interest in the creative process and began writing the soundtrack to my life.
I have composed, written and produced my music .I have been very fortunate to have worked with some of the most innovative and fertile brains in the various aspects of music production i.e. song writing, producing, and composing as well as music technology.
I am blessed to be able to write in a wide range of genres both modern and contemporary . When it comes to song writing or my wordsmithery how i call it i love the languages hence write in English , French , Arabic , Urdu and Punjabi
You are a writer, producer and director, tell us a bit about the work you have done
I have been writing since a very young age. I have never considered music to be my profession and always thought of it as more of an artistic expression .I started to look up the pick of local talent ie singers and musicians from Manchester some of whom i have worked with and also featured in my music .I have also worked with some of the best musicians and acclaimed artists from the sub-continent i.e. south Asia and the middle east.
In mid 2007 I decided I would like to test the metal and forwarded one of my tracks to BBC radio which was received quite warmly and received radio play with great comments. I was formally introduced as an artist and since enjoyed being play listed on various shows and stations.
What Was That Track And What Was The Inspiration behind Composing It And Then Sending It To The BBC?
The track was called Dard/ Patterns of pain. The inspiration behind the track was to present the electronic interpretation of an Asian ( Pakistani / Urdu ) song in my own signature style . It was definitely ahead of its time. It is grimey, glitchy, very dark and evokes emotion as well as reflecting ones inner depth. The reason I sent it to the BBC was to present this very novel style of music which marries the modern and traditional eastern in such a harmony with mesmerising , hypnotic effect .
You’re also a producer of transnational electronic music, how would you describe this music?
Any music that incorporates more than one element of a different culture or cultures and styles / genres
Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences are first and foremost the large selection of music i heard while growing up .My father probably the most larger than life character in my world was very flamboyant and enjoyed his music which consisted of the best of both eastern i.e. Indian/ Pakistani music as well as the pick of the 60s such as Motown and the Beatles as well as the classic disco era.
My influences have been classic hip hop, soul, the pick of the 80s music. The Hacienda experience. All the great masters and geniuses without which music would have no foundations to stand on , there is too many to name .In terms of transnational music i am very impressed by Natacha Atlas and French band Orange Blossom .
You have also run live events featuring different artists from within the genre; tell us a bit about that
I have been hosting events under the banner of GLOBAL BASS and SUBGLOBAL UNDERGROUND featuring artists with the new wave of underground electronic music. There is a vast ocean of talent out there and artists that need to be heard who otherwise do not get a platform to showcase their music .I was presenting classical Indian artists alongside established well known artists to form this event and presenting live electronic music with live instruments and musicians .
What are your creative goals for 2014 and beyond?
The goal for 2014 would be to explore further the possibilities are endless .I still write but to my own pace .i am currently writing more melodic dance music and ambience according to how i feel on the day or in the heat of the moment .I guess I’m ever evolving and so is the music I’m making .
Who do you feel is doing great things to support this scene?
To be honest with you i do not think there are many that share the passion or vision that i have .But i would love to work with anyone that is into this and welcome them with open arms.
Are there any obstacles you feel are currently hindering this sound getting into the mainstream?
There are no hurdles .The mainstream is anything that has a marketing machine behind it to promote it simple.
Would you say there is a message in your music?
Yes the message in my music is stand up for your rights, disdain to authority and unity between the good people of this world.