UAE-based singer Fahmil Khan talks all things music – News
The expatriate Indian musician has several original compositions planned for this year
UAE-based musician Fahmil Khan’s music is a personal journey that has helped him connect with his soul and find his purpose. It’s not a “career path” but a feeling that makes him who he is.
“I can express myself without any barriers,” he says. City hours. “It’s a true reflection of my inner soul.”
And it was sparked by Fahmil’s passion for music, followed by his perseverance which eventually led to the Indian expat’s live performances.
Originally from Kerala, Fahmil grew up in Dubai and attended Indian High School. He then went on to study electronics and instrumentation engineering at BITS Pilani Dubai, where he trained as an engineer working on circuits and connections. He shared, “I turned those skills into connecting with the guitar. And what started with strumming the guitar led to private gigs purely by word of mouth. After that, there was no more. Right now, I’m in the midst of a wonderful adventure and a long way to go as I continue to fill the unfolding pages with a symphony of sound.”
And one of the pages of Fahmil’s life even showcases his experience of performing at the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai earlier this year on Valentine’s Day. Another page sees him winning various awards for his musical talent.
He also launched several original compositions this year including Mujhko Mila De, Beparwaiyan, and more. We reached out to Fahmil to find out more about his singing career and upcoming plans.
You have launched many compositions this year, what’s next?
I have five new compositions online which will be launched very soon by renowned channels. After the success of Beparwaiyan and Maahi Mera, the plan is to continue composing tunes. Performances in the UAE and around the world will continue and the ability to connect with a wider and more diverse audience alone is enough incentive to keep me going.
You were in the spotlight at the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai for your music, how did you feel? How did it happen?
I was approached by the organizers of the India Pavilion at the Expo through word of mouth. Initially, I played for the Indian consulate. The fact that the concert was a huge success with them gave us the opportunity to play on Valentine’s Day at the India Pavilion. Needless to say it was very well received. Expo 2020 was a defining mark for the UAE in the world and to be a tiny part of it was an honor and a privilege. It was truly a historic and memorable moment for me to be involved in a country project that is so close to my heart.
There are many songs that you have composed this year. What continues to inspire you?
When it comes to music and lyrics, I need very little inspiration, it comes to me randomly and naturally as it is an integral part of my being. Just as eating and breathing come naturally to a human being, music is a necessity and a basic need of my existence. Although I have no classical training in music, I very spontaneously work on composition with my lyricist.
In your life as a musician, what has been the best moment so far?
There is no better time as a musician. Every time I go on stage, it’s a defining moment for me. The first is when I reach out and connect with my wonderful audience, the very people who made me who I am. Performing all over the world, getting several accolades like Emirates Influencer Award for Best Bollywood Musician in UAE and most recently, Best Music Group for IndoPak, something I couldn’t achieve without the talent and the support of my brothers in arms Faraz Ahmed and Deepak Chatpar. It is certainly one of the best moments of my musical career. Being part of the first parts of renowned artists and performing in emblematic institutions steeped in musical history, are for me so many defining moments that have become a bank of beautiful memories. The best is a relative term and for me, my best moment is when I can touch the hearts of my audience, feel their pain and give them a reason to smile. There’s nothing better than making someone happy, even if it’s just for a while. I feel like I have accomplished so much as an individual and as part of the IndoPak team with Faraz and Deepak.
What’s your take on the city’s live music scene?
Dubai, as always, continues to amaze me. The music scene is much more competitive than it has ever been, but this big-hearted city always finds a way to help people show off their talent. The constant need to evolve as a city inspires people to grow and be part of this change.
With so many avenues open to newcomers, musicians like me can take a step towards their dream because this city allows them to. The key is to identify a niche in the market, be true to yourself, stay consistent, and own it! Every musician has something unique to offer and Dubai has a place for everyone, you just have to find it!