What is a typical day/week like for you?

Zeb: I start my day with riyaz (vocal exercise) and a huge breakfast. The rest of the day varies with work and travel.

Explain your sound in five words.

Zeb: The five words that inspire me musically are: genuine intent, honesty, unique, subtlety and first and foremost sureelapan (melody).

If I were to turn on your iPod right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?

Zeb: Probably a Begum Akhtar thumri, an old Beatles tune, songs of Mali, Iraqi Oud and Zayn Malik

How do you describe your music to people?

Zeb: I try not to describe my music or think about these things too much. Also, since I work in many different styles and genres I typically just direct a listener to my songs and let them decide.

What are your long-term career goals?

Zeb: To keep creating new music and to keep growing musically. Also to have a lot fun and travel the world!

How would you define success?

Zeb: To be musically successful would be to express oneself with honesty and to always be open to learning and maintaining a curious outlook.


Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

Zeb: It varies. Long walks help.

What are the five things you can’t live without?

Zeb: People I love, chai, food, meditation and music of course!

Coordination:

Sana Zehra

Photography:

Arsalan Bilgrami of a.bilgrami studio

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