Arsalan Hasan is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a music producer and has recently gained a lot of fame.
With a fan base growing stronger and stronger by the day and being the first ever Pakistani to be featured on Radio One Lebanon and was also featured in the 3rd and 4th season of NESCAFÉ Basement; Arsalan will surly be creating big waves in the near future.
Arsalan has done his O/A levels from Beaconhouse Defence Campus. He has been an exceptional student and class topper throughout his academic life, although accepted into Berklee on full scholarship, he is currently pursuing a CA degree.
We talked to him to gain some insight about how he maintains his academia and music career all at the same time!
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Posted by R1L on Samstag, 28. Januar 2017
When and how did you develop an interest for music?
“I was 3 years old when I got a toy piano for my birthday. I started playing stuff that I heard around me so I guess that was when I first developed my interest.”
How many instruments can you play fluently?
“The keys, guitars and drums.”
What has driven you throughout the years?
“Passion and Hard work. I try to put my heart and soul into everything I do. I just can’t do anything half heartedly. It doesn’t work for me. Also, the belief that anything is possible keeps me going.”
What do you feel like is your biggest accomplishment in music so far?
“I believe that my biggest accomplishment in music is yet to come since there’s a long way to go. However, for now, I believe that my biggest accomplishment is making people love and support my music. That’s a dream for every musician.
(Also, accomplishing everything that I have considering how lazy I am is an achievement on its own. Haha)”
After completing your A levels, how did you choose your career path (CA)?
“I wanted to go for Accounting and Finance since I wasn’t allowed to study music so CA is the best degree there is in Pakistan if you want to go in that field.”
How has keeping up with both, CA and music been?
“It calls for a lot of sacrifices. Calls for a huge sacrifice on sleep and stuff but I like the challenge. I wanted to break the stereotype. People said that you won’t be able to keep up with music while doing CA so I wanted to show them that it was possible.”
Other than being constrained by time, what difficulties are there?
“The difficulty level of the degree. I remember playing gigs where I had books in my hand before going on stage. Haha.”
Do you feel like there’s enough space for aspiring artists in the Pakistani music industry and are there any troubles in the industry?
“Yes, there is. More importantly how I think of it is that aspiring artists can make space for themselves. We have a lack of opportunities in the industry but with the internet and social media at your disposal there’s nothing you can’t do.”
Do you have anything tips to the people younger than you who wish to pursue music?
“You need to go intelligently about it. Keep doing what you love. The internet is a great place to promote yourself. Upload videos. Create a fan base. It’s really easy once you find out what your niche is. Nothing happens overnight. You need to work hard for it and never ever stop!”
And here’s a special message from Arsalan: “I’d just want to say that be what you want to be. Don’t let anyone come in between you and your goals. Anything and everything is possible if you work hard enough for it. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.”
We wish Arsalan a warm thank you and the best of luck with his future endeavors. We’re super proud and thankful for having such hardworking and great people like him represent Pakistan internationally.
Cover Image Via: Facebook/iamarsalanhasan