Musician and It Boy Haider Mustehsan talks to us about his career, his bucket list and more.
Did you always want to be a singer?
I’m not sure but the art of singing/making music was and is an integral part of my life. I’m pretty sure it will remain that way.
What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?
My favourite thing is being able to connect with people that I don’t know. To be able to produce and render an emotion that was personal to me and giving it to the world.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
I have a dual bachelor’s in Political Economy and Sociology, and I’m currently a Masters student in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. This is a path I’m pursuing in conjunction with my music.
What do you do on days that you’re off from work?
Football. And I usually listen to podcasts and utilize other avenues that help keep a constant flow of knowledge to myself. Also, I like to travel.
Name three things on your bucket list.
1- Win a Grammy
2- Write a song with Ed Sheeran
3- Be proud of myself 20 years from now
Who is your inspiration?
My brother and sister.
Do you it is still consider it a taboo to be in the entertainment industry in Pakistan or have things changed?
I’m pretty sure it is. Specially for our women. But then again, my music (I’m sure I speak for the majority of my colleagues) isn’t for the people that think this is a taboo. So it’s not really of any concern to me. We have ways to go and progress as a society, and unfortunately the music is just the tip of the iceberg went it comes to nonsensical taboos.
There is a major cancel culture these days. Do you ever feel the pressure of that in terms of what you post or say?
Not at all. I post what I feel like.
What’s the best thing about performing?
It’s something about the energy you get that reverberates from the crowd and onto the stage. Especially when the crowd knows the lyrics and sings it back to you. It’s magical.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Don’t indulge yourself in machine driven views. Stay true to yourself and your craft. Consistency is the only way.