Xefer Rahman is a crafty vocalist and musician from Bangladesh. Her journey started from informal platforms, especially social media at the age of seventeen.
Having a strong affinity towards Western pop and rock, she understood her potential as an artist after recording a song on her mobile phone. From that point on, she delved into the world of YouTube, covering songs such as Evanescence’s “Hello” and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
Xefer recorded nine original singles for her debut album “Uncaged” under the guidance and direction of Nagib Hawk.
In November of 2016, she released her single “Judge” and debuted her first music video.
During the making of the title track of “Uncaged”, she became acquainted with film-maker Mahboob Rahman. The melody of the title track will be featured in his forthcoming film, Senapoti (Underway).
Xefer shared her inspirational story with the Dhaka Tribune
In your album “Uncaged’” what is your key message to your audience?
The lyrics of my songs are very unique. They have a lot to do with self-expression and truth. My message to my audience is what you hear in the words I sing.
What is a typical day/week like for you?
I wake up very late, as I go to sleep at an ungodly hour. It is not the healthiest routine, but it works for me. I use lifehacks here and there throughout the day between the music and the madness.
What inspires you?
All people, places and events have the capacity to entice me. It is in the little things of life that I find beauty and inspiration. Sometimes simple activities such as crossing the street helps me connect with individuals who are utterly charming in their own unique ways.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
Funnily enough, the recording of my first song on YouTube remains my fondest memory to this day. It was a fine moment for me, sitting in the comfort of my home, when I started singing into my old handset. The ripple of consequences from that minute onward has changed my life for the better.
How do you balance your music with other obligations like friends and family?
I do not compromise when it comes to my music. Fortunately, my family happens to be immensely supportive of not just my work, but also my lifestyle choices, so there is no conflict there. I can easily work around my obligations without stressing. How can there be stress when there’s music to serenade the self with?
Who are your favourite musicians?
My favourite musicians are those who nobody seems to hear about. It goes without saying that the work of music legends is awesome to listen to, but I pick out really random tracks from the remotest corners of the world and enjoy every bit of the novelty, adventure and originality they offer.
What do you like most/least about the local music industry?
If someone wants to complain, they can rant on endlessly. However, I try to refrain from that kind of negativity and want to stay positive all the time. I think we all need to demonstrate brevity to survive in the industry. I would love to see more female faces climbing up a rather male dominated ladder.
What skill/ attribute is important to being successful? What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Always be original and remain true to yourself. I cannot stress this enough. Be yourself and see where the flow takes you. Please be patient and kind in your ways.