We interview Reverbnation Competition Winner Khaliq

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For our readers that haven’t heard of you could you tell us a bit about yourselves your story?

Khaliq are a unique wave of sound, that floats on a magic carpet,fronted by mysterious charismatic Singer Songwriter Guitarist H.Khaliq. A U.K. guitar based band with a difference. Khaliq’s music rattles with raw emotions, Live shows are an unrivalled experience, songs about everyday life, money, hopes and dreams are pages torn from your diary. Khaliq was previously signed to Factory Too Records Manchester. Khaliq is currently recording his New album Looking For Rainbow featuring Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller, produced by Gavin Monaghan.

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

As I grew up I was exposed to Asian music and Western music, and found myself writing songs at an early age, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Hendrix, amongst others inspired me to go on stage.

What is the most interesting venue you have performed at?

Princess Catherine Boat for Factory Too Records, Manchester.

Do you have any plans to record a new album this year?

Yes we are currently recording our new album Looking for a Rainbow with legendary producer Gavin Monaghan at the magic Garden Studios, featuring Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller. We are releasing 2 singles off the album Songbird looking for a rainbow and Back of the bus.

Could you tell us a bit about your writing process? 

The songs, my songs are sent to me, they float in the sky above and every so often one lands in my lap, its a mysterious way of writing but that’s how it is for me. Only downfall is i never know when they’re coming, and sometimes a verse comes in 2011 and the middle 8 doesn’t arrive til 2016…..

You run a regular jam and open mic night, how important are they for creating a music scene?

Very important to nurture and create a vibrant music scene, for new artists to perform and network with  professional artists, singer songwriters, musicians, creating a modern vibe and ultimately a music revolution.

What are your favourite songs that people might not have heard of and why?

That’s a tough one …. Woody Guthrie : This land is your land. It tells a story, and unites people.

We are always on the look out for new artists is there anyone you can recommend we check out?

Apart from Khaliq hehehe.. my younger brother is coming up with some great songwriting, with a Bob Marleyesque vocal Sid Khalique, he is recording his debut album this year, also take a look at Little Liam, both Birmingham based artists. U.K.

What do you have planned for the rest of the year?

We are looking at releasing 3 albums this year, accompanied with a local and national tour to support the release. Our new album Looking for a Rainbow, and Velvet Sunshine acoustic album. Both produced by world renown producer Gavin Monaghan. We are also releasing Asian Man produced by Ged Lynch & Martin Slattery of Black Grape (Factory Too Records).Originally recorded in 1996.
We are also in talks about touring & releasing our material in India.

Find out more:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uniquekhaliq and https://www.facebook.com/khaliqmusiq
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/khaliq
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/khaliq
Fandalism: http://fandalism.com/khaliq

 

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