Salar Shamas is an aspiring singer, songwriter and musician based in Lahore, who is telling stories through music. He’s been playing different instruments from a young age and started making his own music in his early teens.
Salar has done his education from Aitchison College Lahore and Feltham Community College London and currently is a senior year student at BNU. He is a rising star among us.
Taking inspiration from Drake, Justin Bieber and a lot of Punjabi artists; Salar composes his own lyrics and pairs them with electronic beats, while giving conventional Pakistani music a new outlook.
He started off by just playing the keyboard and guitar, then started writing about his personal experiences such as expectations, disappointments, desires;
‘Whatever a regular teenager goes through.’ Salar puts it.
He is giving us all a new take on Pakistani music, one song at a time.
We asked Salar how he started pursuing music, and here’s what he had to say:
“I uploaded the first song on SoundCloud late at night and slept. I woke up to the highest number of notifications I had ever gotten! Not only was it overwhelming for me but also an indication. I then thought of continuing and producing more of my originals and so far it’s been working out for me. I do this for myself, to satisfy the inner me that has been hiding this for so long.”
“I’ve a lot of music made up on my laptop, raw recordings using audacity and in my phone as well. I’ve been doing this for years now – If only I had shared them earlier on social media.”
He says he started recording just to capture the feelings for himself. For now, he just wants to be a part of the music scene and that would be enough to satisfy him.
“Performing is a whole different skill, it’s hard to entertain, especially a Pakistani audience. I stick mostly to music videos and audio production. I perform at private events and even that feels like a lot of pressure. I really don’t get how the ‘big’ names do it in front of huge audiences.“