The UNaB team first found the web-cam singer Xefer Rahman when somebody shared her song-cover videos in Facebook, and got stuck! The emo/scene style and the gothic eyes that she carries around make her one of the only Bangladeshi’s bold enough to do so! But yes, she isn’t just the looks and the gaa-gaa; inside her, UNaB has found a very good singer and a gifted tone that sounds a lot like Amy Lee from Evanescence! Here is an article based on an interview of the very same person!
So, how did she start? It seems that her first cover, the song “Thank you”, recorded in a mobile out of caprice back when she was 17 -which-is-one-of-the-most-famous-of-Dido’s-pieces-around- was a hit in her circles, and as she says, she got stuck to the feeling of singing!
To her, singing is a passion; she likes to do it, and it makes her feel more special. Something like what your hobby makes you feel like, all nerdy and mushy-mushy! She gets full-hearted support from her family, and a lot of encouragement from friends; and fans help out a lot too!
So, what are her inspirations?
She replies, like a tough diplomat, that all songs inspire her. “Especially Evanencence”, because she started practicing with their songs!
When I asked about her look, she gave this innocent yet meaningful smile, and started explaining: “I have been following the Emo/Scene trend since 2008, back when it wasn’t really that familiar in our country; so it took me a lot of effort to pull it off successfully!
When asked whether it is a personal whim or an attention magnet like Elton John’s or Gaga’s, she smiled again; “definitely it’s just a personal whim. But it also worked as an attention magnet for me. I must say that because it was not something usual here, which means that a lot of eyes found me, erm, different. But yes, I never wanted to attract attention like gaga does, my fans like me for my songs, nothing else”.
To her, singing is a passion; she likes to do it, and it makes her feel more special. Something like what your hobby makes you feel like, all nerdy and mushy-mushy!
And then she sadly continues; “Lots of people mix up the Scene trend with the character “emo” nowadays, I just follow the Scene Trend and that’s it, no emo-feemo and hand-cutting madness”.
Who does the make-over? She says that she has been doing it by herself from the very first time!
And then we moved on to the technicalities; do you digitally modify your songs to sound nice? And also, you do you play any instrument?
On a serious tone, she replies that she used Mixcraft after her brother taught her a few basics, but since she does not have much experience in mixing, she still does have raw vocals published! But yes, recently; one of her friends has started helping her out with mixing, which means that listeners can expect some incredible music in the coming days!
And about the instruments, she says that she cannot play anything yet, but plans on learning the guitar since she is such a big fan of acoustic music!
So, does she have the plan of joining any Band if the chance arrives?
With a skeptical note, she says that having a band is a huge responsibility, what with the frequent jamming and stuff; and since she has seen a lot of bands forming and breaking away too soon, she cannot really find the idea too entertaining. But yes, she also thinks that even being solo has its downsides, and thinks that if the proper chance arrives at the proper time, why not?
As we neared the end of the interview, I was tempted to ask some redundant questions; such as, are you a Bathroom singer? At that, Xefer gave a witty smile and replied that she is one. And when we dug in more, we found that she prefers to sing in English over Bengali, and is not really confident with the latter.
So yeah, coming back to business; how many songs has the girl from Uttara covered? Lots. And she is good at it too! You can find Xefer’s songs in her Reverbnation Page; and in her Youtube Channel. You can also visit her Facebook Fan Page if you want to keep yourself updated with the latest news!
- Bruno mars- Talking to the Moon
- Jessie J- Do It Like a Dude
- Nirvana- Heart Shaped Box (Evanescence style)
- Maria Mena- Just Hold Me
- Paramoor- Decode
- Wake Up”
- “Came to an End”
- Haunting Whispers” by the Ridder and Xefer
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