Last weekend, the guests at the Terrassen Cafe got to see the performance of Akram Ul Haq, a fingerstyle guitarist known for his solo performances. When he first picked up the guitar, Akram was not sure about how far his passion would take him. But today, he is awaiting the release of his first music album called The Cat Master, which will hit the stands on June 12.
It has been a long wait for Akram as the album was supposed to release in 2019. But he has no regrets as he loves telling stories through his music. All stories come from his life, says Akram, who is a one-man band of sorts. Instead of strumming the guitar, he learned it fingerstyle, and today he has made music his profession.
He reminisces that he took to guitar when he first heard its sound and got mesmerized by it. He says he immediately decided to learn the instrument. But as days went by, he was spending more and more time with the guitar, which is when he decided to learn it professionally. He has also done a four-year course in western classical music.
He not only brings out a melody through his guitar, but he also uses it to play drums while adding harmony. He says his performance has a lot going on as he is a one-man band of sorts. After ten years of teaching and learning, Akram is inspired by Porcupine Tree and musician Gustavo when it comes to music. He adds that his friends have inspired him and supported him emotionally.
As for his moment of pride, he says during one of his performances in Bengaluru, some people came up to him and told him his music was like healing to them.