Could Acting Be Next for the Singer?
4 years ago, Nafees burst on the British Asian Music scene with Bukhar – and has not looked backed.
No-one could have predicted how he would go on to make such a massive impact within the Asian music industry in just a short space of time, without any formal training and without the help of an established record label to promote him.
For a brand new artist, this was unheard of. The public were obviously intrigued, but this was just the beginning of the love affair of the fans with the new star which had only just started to shine. The Manchester-born star talks to DesiXpress.
Your track is number one in the Asian music charts. What’s the secret?
Thank you to everyone that has supported me. God bless you! I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thank you! It’s my seventh hit but fifth number one so. I’m not here to compete with anyone. I’m following my own steps and my own conviction. I guess it’s just about leaving it to the One above.
You shot your music video in Dubai. Tell me about that experience.
I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being out there and experiencing it, it’s one I won’t forget.
In terms of your singing career, did you have a Guru or Ustaad?
No, not really. I’ve never had anyone who at the beginning of my career gave me any tips with regards to music. But eventually I met up with a few vocal coaches and you get on with them. You have to be able to do that in this industry. If you don’t, you’re really not fulfilling your potential to the max.
You seem like the kind of guy that would make people feel at ease.
That’s the main thing! You don’t want people to feel uncomfortable around you. You make home wherever we go. If people like you, they like you for what you are. It’s a blessing.
What have you got lined up. Could acting be next?
You never know! I’ve done a few drama courses! I’ve set a goal and I would like to see some of my music being played in Bollywood and I want to be able to walk away on a high. You get a lot of artists who have given up because they have run out of inspiration or faded out because of the new generation. 2016 I want to give my all. I’m giving my fans a few songs. I want to leave my names among some of the best.
If the time is right then the time is right. Before I started my music, I set goals.
So what have you got planned for 2016?
You’ll have to wait! I’m not the sort of guy that lets people know. Anyone with a secret doesn’t want to let their secret away. I’ve got something up my sleeve.