By Aag Web Desk
Saqib Saleem Khan is what one could comfortably call an “Ace keyboardist .He is a testament to the fact that throughout the history of music individual musicians have had a major impact on the music scene.This holds true for the chapters of pop music scene in Pakistan .A keyboardist who excels in composition , singing , recording and also playing live,
The success that he enjoys is not certainly an overnight phenomenon .”I have been working consistently since the 80s, says Saqib with a smile. There were times when i had no money to even buy food for the family but i just did not give up and continued my struggle to make it to the list of top keyboardist in the country” , he reminisces .And top Key player he finally became . From an underdog to the most sought after musician who every singer wished to work with . From Hadiqa Kiani to Shaqat Amanat Ali and from Ali Zafar to Atif Aslam .
Rising from the ranks of pop band The Night People to Craze in the 90s and finally going solo Saqib has faced many hurdles .”i always looked around for gigs, i was refused and rejected also but i never felt dejected” ,he unwinds. Every time i was turned down because of the music industry politics i became a stronger person. I learnt how to arrrange, sequence and program.Went through the ordeal of learning software and hardware related to recordings . Today i have my studio and i have travelled the whole world with the most notable pop icons of Pakistan,Saqib says triumphantly .
Seems like decades of hard work , trials and tribulations ,blood & sweat has finally paid off for Saqib . Yet he is still not content . ‘I want to work more and broaden my horizons. I went to do colloborations with Eastern classical and western Jazz artists as a keyboardist and composer .I am at it “, he confides without naming the artists.
When there is a will there is a way . Saqib Saleem khan has definitly found some avenues and for the rest and he is still struggling .