Abdullah Siddiqui is a Pakistani singer, songwriter and electronic pop music producer. He became popular after appearing in Nescafe Basement Season 5 (2017), where he performed his original single ‘Resistance’.
Abdullah Siddiqui was born in the year 2000 (age 21 years; by 2021) in Lahore, Pakistan. Siddiqui was inclined towards music since childhood. He started playing the guitar at the age of 9 and produced music at the age of 11.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Color: Black
parents and siblings
His father is a cardiologist and his mother is a homemaker. He has three siblings, one brother and two sisters. Both his sisters are professional artists.
Abdullah Siddiqui started his music career at the age of 11. He started by making electronic music in English. His first song was quite ambitious, with some insightful and uplifting lines. It all started at his parents’ house, when he sat in front of an old and big computer, downloading some very basic music software. He kept pressing all kinds of buttons trying to make it look like music. After years of rehearsing and making music, Abdullah decided to make his musical debut with the fiction song in 2014. He released his song on Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube. Talking about his passion for music since childhood, he said,
I have always been associated with music. I love to sing from a very young age and learned to play the guitar when I was nine years old. At the age of 11, I started producing music electronically and since then, I have been working on developing my voice as an artist.”
The young musician took to his Instagram to announce his participation in Coke Studio Pakistani Season 14 as an associate producer. She used the platform to open up about her work in collaboration with producer Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan (Zulfi). The Pakistani television program features studio-recorded musical performances by established and emerging artists from various international music franchises. The show promotes Pakistan’s multiculturalism by inviting artists from different regions and different languages to collaborate with their choice of music, including traditional classical, folk, Sufi, qawwali, ghazal, hip hop, rock and pop music. The streaming of the fourteenth season of the music show began on 9 January 2022. Some of the local artists involved in the show included Kashmir (“Trouble”, Aaroh (“I Don’t Believe”), The Jupiter (Friendship), Arif Lohar, among others. And ‘Alif Allah’ by Misha Shafi and ‘Aag’ by Naseebo Lal and Talal Qureshi. Siddiqui expressed his gratitude and said
I will forever be grateful to Zulfi for trusting me with her brainchild and taking me on the biggest artistic journey of my life so far. And I can’t wait for you all to hear these songs.” The magenta cyan hitmaker also shared that she got to sing a song with the best collaborator one could ask for. It’s always been a staple for me. The fascination was and will be. It was infinitely rewarding to see people working tirelessly and having all their talents help present my work in a potential I never imagined.”
He has worked with singer Misha (Shafi) for a few projects. During an interview, narrating her experience of working with him, she said,
I have been working a lot with Misha (Shafi) in the last few years, we have worked together a lot. That experience and relationship has had a huge impact on me personally and also on my work and craft,” admitted Abdullah. “In form of coke studio Anubhav, I was actually there for the first time on set – I had never seen anything like this before. It was really lovely to experience his energy as an artist. Soon after the shoot, we got a chance to perform together in a live concert. I got a chance to channel the kind of energy that I had seen him give on the sets. ,
His anthem ‘Kingdom’ foot Altamash Sever (Takatak), which he composed for Peshawar Zalmi (2021), a Twenty20 team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), also made a mark. The presence of Esra Bilgic, Mahira Khan, Haniya Amir and Ali Rahman in the music video boosted the popularity of the song. Music producer for the anthem of Pakistan Super League, also for 2022, with singers Atif Aslam and Aima Baig.
Honors and Achievements
Abdullah Siddiqui was listed in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list in 2021. The 30 Under 30 list identifies and highlights the talent of the next generation. Siddiqui’s achievements fall in the entertainment and sports category. The 20-year-old Pakistani singer shared the news with his fans via an Instagram post, which he captioned,
Forbes 30 Under 30. I am completely shocked and incredibly grateful. Thank you to everyone who helped me reach this far.”
Facts / Trivia
- He is inspired by electropop pioneers Imogen Heap, James Blake, Sophie, Ann RCA and Björk.
- According to him, he learned to play the guitar at the age of 9. According to him, he enjoyed playing many instruments but guitar attracted him the most. I love to sing from a very young age and learned to play the guitar when I was nine years old. At the age of 11, I started producing music electronically and since then, I have been working on developing my voice as an artist.
- When asked to describe his music in just one word, he uses the words ‘dextral’ and ‘cinematic’.
- He does not enjoy collaborating with other musicians to produce a musical composition. Talking about the fact he said,
Collaboration, I guess, is new territory for me because I’ve been making music for 10 years and all this time, it’s just me and my computer. Electronic music is not like most other music because in any other genre, you have the actual instruments that produce the sound – live. What makes electronic music different is the sense that it’s governed by these specific and detailed technical parameters that you can’t actually recreate on stage. ,
- Apart from acting, he is also fond of photography. Some of his Instagram posts depict his love for it.
- In an interview, he mentioned that although he made all kinds of music, he chose to release more electronic material because he believed that was a market that was not occupied by many people at the time.
- As a music producer, he went for long periods without a single musical idea, just struck with a full chorus. He writes in the stream of consciousness, where he will receive an idea and then let himself write whatever comes to mind at that moment. Talking about this he said,
Often I can’t rationalize what I’m writing at the moment, but it makes perfect sense in terms of what I’m feeling when I read it back.
- Sharing his experience of working with Zulfi, he said that working with Zulfi was a dream for him. He felt it was refreshing to see his passion for music in an industry where so many people get upset. The actual process itself was exhausting for everyone involved, but it wasn’t worth it, and I will forever be grateful for that experience.
- Abdullah Siddiqui has received a lot of accolades and nominations for his skills. She was nominated for Best Emerging Talent (Music) at the 17th Lux Style Awards in 2018 (twice), but did not win.
Both times, it took me days to believe that it had actually happened. I think award shows are incredibly important because they encourage the creation of new and exciting work. ,
Adding to this he said,
I enjoy and respect LSAs, and I believe they are mostly on the right track, but they are in need of some restructuring. It doesn’t make sense to put any music category up for public voting because there aren’t enough voters to consume all types of music, so the winners are usually the ones with the most recognizable names. I also feel that removing the categories for Album of the Year and Best Music Video Director was not a good decision as both the album and the music video are dying artists in dire need of revival. ,