Magic behind the marvellous melodies


by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED MUSICIANS TELL US STORIES OF THE SPECIAL CONNECTION THEY ALL HAVE TO THEIR INSTRUMENTS SINGERS may get all the attention but they are nothing without musicians who provide the great melodies for them in the studio and on stage. Talented musicians also regularly light up the live scene and delight audiences with their artistry, whether it is part of a band or as solo performers. Eastern Eye caught up with some musicians to talk about the close connection that they have with their respective instruments, journey in music and high points… Pavan Verma (Saxophone): My mother was a well-known singer and recording artist, so I literally grew up surrounded by music. There were no UK Asian saxophonists at the time and I wanted to be the first. The saxophone is sweet, soulful, yet powerful and unmistakable. I feel like it’s an extension of my voice, expressing emotions and ideas. I started very young touring, recording and per­forming with famous artists. In addition to that, I studied at music school and played in jazz bands and symphony orchestras. My first achievement was hearing my sax solo on a song I recorded being played on commercial radio. After a hiatus pursuing my acting career, I met Ajay (Botown) and music quickly became my life’s focus. I have taken my music across the world to places such as India, The Maldives, Singapore, USA, Abu Dhabi, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Monte Carlo. I’ve played for royalty, politicians, oligarchs, A-List celebs and shared the stage with wonderful artists. Highlights include playing at the Royal Albert Hall and performing a commissioned piece for the Queen. Aina Lacmane (Sitar): Growing up in an Indian household, I was surrounded by all types of Indian culture. The sitar was and still is an instrument that is…

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