Published in Ink –The Entertainment Issue
Q1. What is your birthplace and where did you spend your childhood?
Fariha: I am an Aquarian, born on 2nd of February. My birth place is Lahore.
Q2. Introduce yourself to the readers.
I am a straight forward and a down to earth person. When producing my album I try to cater to the listening preferences of urban audiences. My songs range from upbeat of pop, to fusion of eastern classical/folk with western instrumentation.
Q3. Tell about your Education:
Bachelor of Arts
Q4. Tell about your music training and initial projects.
I got classical training from Master Feroze Gill and “Ustad Ghulam Hassain Shaggan" belonging to "Gwaliar Gharana". I started out by singing jingles and hosting a children's singing show by the name of "Aangan Aangan Taarey." I have worked on and released six albums so far, namely, “Nice & Naughty”, “Music Viewzik”, “Jhumka”, “O Vela Yad Kar”, “Piya” and “Passion”. While singing jingles, I met Sattar Khan who asked me to release my debut album," Nice & Naughty" in 1996, which became a massive hit. “Patang Baaz Sajna” is actually one of the tracks featured in my debut album with the creative mind of Sattar Khan, behind the musical endeavor. Besides these, I have also sung for some films such as “Chief Sahab”, Sailab”, “Ghoongat” and “Moosa Khan”.
Q5.In which language you love singing?
Fariha: I love singing in Urdu and Punjabi.
Q6. How often do you jam?
Fariha: I practice vocals everyday and I jam at least thrice a month.
Q7. What is your inspiration?
Fariha: Asha Bhosle, and Sajjad Ali
Q8.Your favorite song that you have sung so far:
Fariha: I like most of them, can’t say which one is the most favorite.
Q9. What is your record company?
Fariha: I have worked with Sonic, Lips & Sadaf.
Q10. You like live performance or studio sessions more. Why?
Fariha: I like live performances because I can interact with the audience and can get an instant feedback.
Q11. How many concerts have you done so far, and which at places?
Fariha: I have performed almost all over the world at places like UAE, USA, UK, Norway and Australia.
Q12. What was the first instrument you learnt playing and at what age?
Fariha: MY VOCAL IS MY INSTRUMENT SINCE CHILDHOOD.
Q13.When and how you did you get interested in music?
Fariha: From a young age, I started taking music seriously from my school days.
Q14.Your music is influenced by:
Fariha: Pop and classical.
Q15.How did your family support you in continuing your career?
Fariha: My family is very supportive and encouraging, especially my father. I like to spend time with them whenever I am free.
Q16. Share a few lines on your upcoming album and when it will be out.
Fariha: My upcoming project is my 7th album, which will release soon in the middle of this year.
I have done my best as always.
Q17. Whom have you worked with/working with?
Fariha: I have worked with Mujahid Hussain, Bagga, Ahsan Pervaiz and Sajjad Ali.
Q18. I have seen a play “Aisi Bulandi Aisi Pasti” of yours too but you didn’t continue acting and focused more on singing career. Why?
Fariha: It is because I find myself a better singer and that was my passion also.
Q19. Where does your talent come from?
Fariha: It is God gifted plus it is in my genes too. I come from a family of artists like Talat Siddiqui, Rehana Siddiqui, Naheed Siddiqui, and my cousin Arifa too. I inherited this passion for singing from my father who wanted to become a singer but his family opposed.
Q20. What are your pastimes?
Fariha: My pastimes are book reading, watching movies, going gym, doing yoga, cooking and spending time with my parents.
Q21. Who are your favorite bands and musicians?
Fariha: Jason Mraz and Shafqat Salamat
Q22. What is importance of video making for a specific song?
Fariha: It is vital so that the song can be viewed too besides being heard.
Q23. What is your biggest desire?
Fariha: I want to have my cake and eat it too.
Q24. Where does your learning come from?
Fariha: It comes from living life.
Q25. How do you take criticism?
Fariha: I take it as something positive.
Q26. Being an artist, what do you dislike the most?
Fariha: I dislike mis-commitments.
Q27.You sang last year in Sohail Rana program; share a few lines on it.
Fariha: It was a great achievement and honor. I learnt a lot from it.
Q28. I have listened to some of tributes you have paid to legends; you think it’s a good way of remembering our legends?
Fariha: Yes, definitely it is. What else?
Q29. What is your music genre?
Fariha: It is “urban popular”.
Q30.What is your biggest expectation?
Fariha: That I will find good listeners all the time.
Q31.You Define Music as:
Fariha: My passion.
Q32. What would you have been, if not a musician?
Fariha: I would have been a teacher or a successful business person.
Q33.One must know:
Fariha: The realities of life very clearly.
Q34. How do you perceive the future of music in Pakistan?
Fariha: Once the country comes out of this crisis, the sky is the limit.
Q35. What is your message to the readers of INK?
Fariha: Mean while just chill.