By Sarah Ilyas Ehtasham-The music industry was totally uplifted after the internet revolution about a decade back. At the time, one of the hottest names in the underground music industry was “Arooj Aftab”, who emerged strongly with her delicate and soft vocals. Her style set an example for other female vocalists.
Originally from Lahore, Arooj studied Music from Berklee College of Music and moved to New York, where she worked as a sound editor and music composer. Arooj not only studied music production and composition at her college years; she also applied her skills and passion for music through her work. After a long wait, the talented artist released her first album titled “Bird Under Water” in 2014. The album retains her signature sound and maps her evolution as a songwriter. A few tracks from the album “Bolo Na”, “Tere Bina” and “Tera Junoon” were released seven years back, while she was studying at Berklee.
Recently while talking to a renowned newspaper, the New York based singer said that she moved to New York from Boston four years back where she worked small gigs as a sound editor and music composer. She started working with two talented musicians ‘Bhirgu Sahni’ and ‘Jorn Bielfeldt’. A feeling of longing and home sickness led to the South Asian-infused “Khayal”, “Thumri” and “Kafi”.
We wish Arooj all the best for her album and future projects.