Exclusive Interview – Sohail Haider
PMR: What is your Date of Birth, Place of Birth & Zodiac Sign?
Sohail: 28th September, Karachi, Libra
PMR: Your qualification?
PMR: How did you entered to music industry?
Sohail: After having a hole in my shoes. (Smile on face.)
PMR: Your first performance was with Benjamin Sisters. How were you approached and how did you feel while performing with them?
Sohail: Ya true, my music teacher, Mr. Niaz Ahmed, was the composer of that song and he chosen me to sing with them, felt really good after watching me on TV with them.
PMR: You had been apart of `Evolution’. How was your experience? Why this band dissolved?
Sohail: Evolution was the frustrated reaction of three guys who struggled a lot but did not get their goals; I left the band because of my studies and a grudge between other two members.
PMR: You had an extreme long gap after `Evolution’ dis-banded. What made you re-enter the music industry?
Sohail: As I mentioned earlier that I was studying, so wanted to finish my studies first. I always wanted to do something in music only so it was an easy choice for me to step in music industry again.
PMR: Who is your inspiration in music industry?
Sohail: Mehdi Hassan and Nusrtat Fateh Ali.
PMR: Who supported you the most in your family?
Sohail: My mother is the only person supported me in every way.
PMR: Was becoming a singer your dream?
Sohail: I actually wanted to be a cricketer. I was the captain of Karachi Under-16, but that Parchi System changed my mind. Now I want to do something good in music only.
PMR: As no one is that lucky to get fame over-night. How determine one has to be in the music industry?
Sohail: Agree no one is that lucky! But your hard work can not be wasted, that`s what I believe in and determined to stay in the music industry.
PMR: It has been seen that as soon debut album is released, an artist looks forward to work across the border. What`s you opinion on this statement and when will we be able to see your work across the border? How necessary is to give your work across border?
Sohail: It`s really not necessary believe me, but unluckily majority doesn’t take you seriously until you get stamped from across the border but our media can over-come with the situation by not to air their content and promoting our own talent on all the channels. One of my songs ‘Pass Akay’ is in a U.K based movie named’7 Welcome to London’ I gave them the song before releasing my album in Pakistan.
PMR: You have given your vocals to the famous drama `Dastaan’. How was the experience?
Sohail: It was really one great experience and was my first OST I sang & composed. I still receive bundles of mails and posts of appreciation.
PMR: You are aware of the current situation of the country. How it has affected the music industry?
Sohail: Country`s situation is worst than music scene; keep fingers crossed every thing will be fine soon InshahAllah .
PMR: What do you have to say about piracy and downloading from the internet? How does it effect an artists diligent work?
Sohail: I’m not against downloading but piracy we should make sites like I-tune & other paid downloading sites so it can be good for both the artist and the person doesn`t want to go to music store.
PMR: What are your future plans/projects?
Sohail: Well I`m more into OSTs scene now and so many projects are in pipeline. I’m planning to make anther video of a new song and now a days working on audio.
PMR.What impact does PMR makes on you?
Sohail: PMR is one good platform for both upcoming and established singers they always promote deserving people. PMR team and I are like family and you always feels good in family.
Interview by: Tayyaba Khushi