Tuesday 4 May 2021

Interview with Mohammed K Paika

Love Music: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education, music passion etc. ??

I was born in Bombay, India and my family immigrated to the United States in the mid 1980s. I was only 6 years old at the time. I did all my primary schooling and undergraduate degree in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I obtained a Bachelors in Computer Engineering in 2001. I worked for few companies including IBM and Honeywell and eventually went to pursue my degree in medicine in 2003.I was able to complete my M.D. degree in 2008 and I currently work as board certified physician in the field of internal medicine.

My musical journey started quite young. I am lucky to have come from a musical family. My uncle was a stage singer and performer and my brothers also have a keen interest in singing and performing. Hearing music around my house and family and being exposed to the joy of music from an early age made it easy and natural to love and learn music and singing.

At home, my brothers and I had an incredible collection of songs. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I was fascinated by bollywood singers. Later on, I learned about other singers and styles of singing and incorporated them into my style. 

When I was in undergrad, I learned classical islamicquranic chanting which helped to diversify my singing style and develop my voice.  I was part of the Silent Thunder Band and we released our first spiritual based acapella album which was named Sounds of Reverence in 2003. 

Though music had been a passion since I was young, I realized I wanted to pursue music when saw a lack of spiritual based songs in the current music scene. I wanted to address issues which no one would sing about but resonates in everyone's hearts.

My music is a combination of world, spiritual, islamic, fusion and eastern style music. In 2017, I set up my own record label “One Essence Productions” and released my first solo acapella album “The Most Merciful”. 

I  released my first solo music based album "Unity" in 2018 which was a fusion of moderate contemporary as well as bollywood style music

My debut song “So Many Divisions” has earned multiple film awards which include best music video, best song and the peace award. The song address issues that resonate in everyone's life. We are all humans first prior to being indoctrinated into any type of faith, sect or religion.  

Love Music: We been hearing a lot about you, so we notice your starting to gain a lot of attention how does it feel? 

It feels wonderful! I just want to give a big shout out to all the fans out there who have followed my work up until now. You all are amazing people!  I will continue work hard and give my fans fresh and unheard music that identifies with them. 

Love Music: Can you please tell our readers more about your latest release? 

My recent release is named “Purpose of Life”. The song highlight's life's true purpose which includes caring, sharing, helping and loving one another. If we understand this, then there will be no more hate, crime or disgust in our lives. It enlightens the listener to hold a high regard for oneself and one another so one can accomplish any difficult task, especially in today's troubled times. It also also speaks about respecting each other regardless of race, culture, religion or education and for us be one as a human race. 

My latest release is named “Mere Khuda”. It’s a song in Urdu with English subtitles. It's a song devoted to God and His Blessings. I've have been privileged to work along with classically trained and renowned artist Hishaam Faisal Siddique on this song. I wanted do a fresh and unique song which involved shooting two different individuals from different parts of the world who share the same thoughts.  

Both songs can be found on my youtube channel.

Love Music: Any upcoming project? 

My future projects will involve more spiritual songs, chants as well songs of love. I also plan to incorporate different singers in my projects.

Love Music: What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far ? 

I want to say that It’s not about fame or money. The true essence of music lies in its ability to enhance and influence other people’s lives in a positive way.  If you love what you do and share it with others, you can create a circle of inspiration that positively affects everyone around you. I believe that this has been my most exciting achievement. 

Love Music: What’s your goal in life you want to achieve next?

I would like to further my music career and create more original work which would identify with people at large. I would like to produce more songs of love and life in general. I would like to break barriers in the field of music. 

Love Music: What motivates you to do your best work?

My main focus has been enlighten humanity towards unification. Today our world is deeply affected and saddened due to its lack of unity and infiltration of intolerance which can lead to extremism.

Unity exists in many forms. First, there exists a unity within oneself to hold steadfast against one’s own inclinations and desires. Once person is unified, they can focus on their greater goal in life.  

There also exists unity in a family, which consists of the husband, wife, parents and children and then the greater family.  Once unified, the individual members can be focused and work towards a greater cause and be a productive component in any society at large.

Once a family is united then unification extends to our community, city and country. Disunity is the primary factor in the dissolution of communities, faiths, families and marriages.

Love Music: Did you choose this industry, as a career, or as a hobby? 

I chose this industry as my passion and hobby and it has now become my career in a way.

Love Music: Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time? 

Apart from composing, singing and performing, I currently work as a physician trained the field of Internal Medicine in a hospital based environment. I’m also constantly in the process of learning new things to evolve myself spiritually, physically and intellectually. I love going to the gym and working out almost daily. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters. I also enjoy recreational activities such as jogging, biking and swimming when I can. I’m a foodie so we enjoy eating out and are always on the lookout for the next best restaurant in the area.

Love Music: How can people find you and follow you online?

The best way to find me is on my youtube channel. youtube.com/MohammedKPaika and also on Instagram instagram.com/MohammedKPaika. I am also on all the major distribution platforms such as Itunes, Spotify, amazon etc.


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