A youth icon, Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has definitely earned himself a mind-blowing fan following.
And now here's another treat for his fans -- Atif Asalm will be seen mentoring contestants on Sur Kshetra, a new music reality show. The Pakistani singing sensation talks about himself and tells more about himself:
By fluke: My parents didn't let me play for the under-nineteen
cricket team. They wanted me to become an engineer. But I decided to
explore myself as a singer. I collected my pocket money to put up my
first song on the Internet. The song was Aadat and it became an instant hit. So, I went ahead with it. And now it's been eight years in this profession.
The changing world : I haven't been coming up with many albums
lately because the trends of albums is going through a low phase. The
media is changing, the infrastructure is changing and so is the medium
of music. That is why I am focusing more on singles. But I have recorded
a new album and will be releasing it sometime next year.
Untrained melody: I like the fact that the legends and the
purists have the time to think about me and my singing. They are
appreciating my work. I am proud of the fact that I am not trained. If a
trained singer makes a mistake on stage, it looks bad. But if an
untrained singer does it, it's still forgivable, right?
Love me or hate me: About the criticism that my songs sound
similar, I would say that this industry (Bollywood) makes one kind of
songs. So, that's not my fault. If some people hate my songs, that's
completely fine. Because where people like someone, there are some who
hate them too. Also, along with Bollywood, I have also done music
reality shows. So that balances everything.
Down memory lane: In my college days, I used to travel by a van.
Things were different then. I could roam about the streets in a carefree
way. Just to save my pocket money, I would take lifts to college. I
recorded my first song with the same saved money. I have lots of fond
memories of singing competitions with friends. My first ever singing
competition was in 2001. People appreciated me right there and that's
where I got my confidence from.
If not a singer: I never thought that I would make a career in
singing. I always wanted to become a cricketer, a fast paced bowler.
According to me, no one can match Wasim Akram, Sachin Tendulkar and
Imran Khan. They are my idols.