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INTERVIEW: Shehzad Bhanji

Hi Shehzad, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey VENTS. I’m pretty cool, excited and busy with promotional activities for the video and album. How about you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Never Say Goodbye”?

Never Say Goodbye, is a heart wrenching track that makes you feel nostalgic, yearning desperately for the greater moments that have gone by and leaves you with the lasting, bitter taste of loss and alienation. It makes you feel hurt, helpless and betrayed and yet makes you cherish, reflect on and lament over a moment in time that was, once, precious and beautiful.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I’m a very emotional kinda person. So emotions inspired me to compose this track. For me, composing an instrumental is like telling a story. I wanted to touch the highs and lows, happiness and tension, in order to narrate the whole story to the listeners.

How was the film experience?

I wanted a director who can bring the whole story to life and present it just like the way I have narrated in my instrumental. I was very lucky to have great partners in crime, who were passionate about film making, full of energy and with the intension to make an engaging video. It was long, tiresome, full of debates and arguments, but we enjoyed every bit of the experience. And you know what, everything pays off when you see the end result.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

For me, Never Say Goodbye represents a beginning of something exciting. While growing up, my parents used to say that don’t say goodbye, say that we will meet again. It’s just stuck in my head and that’s how I approach things in general. So what I meant to say is that it’s just a beginning of something special and a lot of good stuff is yet to come. Plus honestly, it’s my favorite track.

How was the recording and writing process?

All tracks were recorded at my studio. It was such a fulfilling experience when you are doing everything, right from making the melodic structure, laying down the tracks, playing all instruments, recording them at the same time and finally mixing them all together. Plus, juggling work, family and music was challenging, but you feel so great when everything sounds just like you had planned. As an artist it’s an amazingly cool experience.

What changes and experiences get to inspire the songs and lyrics on this album?

I moved from my home town a couple of years back. The feeling of being away from your family and friends coupled with adjusting to a new culture and environment were the key factors. But on the other side, it gave me a completely new perspective towards life and music. In fact, it encouraged me to make music again after a long break.

How has Karachi have influence your music?

It was late 80’s when the pop music took off. New bands were formed and a lot of experimental music started to happen. Getting inspiration from this scene, I along with my cousins, formed a band. We were part of new breed of bands and appeared in various music shows and charts. The whole music scene kept getting better every day and now it’s an amazing industry with loads of talented musicians.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we are working on tour dates as we speak.

What else is happening next in Shehzad Bhanji’s world?

The conceptual work on my second album has already begun. I’m looking for a different sound for my next album. So the central theme would be on “Collaboration”, working with likeminded musicians from around the world, fusing different styles of music to create a unique sound. The album will also feature a few tracks with vocals.

Apart from music, I’m planning a holiday with my wife and daughter. Can’t wait to have an awesome family time and fun.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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