Nominee – Édition Juillet 2021

. Best Music Video

. Best Song

Hello Mohammed Paika, tell us a little of your passion for music: when did you realize you wanted to be a performing musician, what was your tuition, etc?

J’ai commencé mon parcours musical assez jeune. J’ai la chance d’être issu d’une famille de musiciens. I started my musical journey quite young. I am lucky to have come from a musical family. My uncle was a stage singer and performer, and my brothers also have a keen interest in singing and performing. Hearing music around my house and family and being exposed to the joy of music from an early age made it easy and natural to love and learn music and singing.

At home, my brothers and I had an incredible collection of songs. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I was fascinated with singing. I learned about other singers and styles of singing and incorporated them into my style.

When I was in undergrad, I learned classical Islamic qur’anic chanting, which helped diversify my singing style and develop my voice.

Though music had been a passion since I was young, I realized I wanted to pursue it when I saw a lack of spiritual based songs in the current music scene. I wanted to address issues which no one would sing about, but which resonate in every heart.

How has the current global crisis impacted your creativity?

The full implications of the Covid-19 pandemic are yet to be determined, but it has disrupted nearly every aspect of society at a breadth and scale not seen in modern history.

Movie production was hit hard by Covid. Due to the increased cost of on-set safety precautions, it has been difficult for independent filmmakers to take a huge risk. As theaters and movie sets were shut down for months causing financial distress, filmmakers moved content on-line to keep audiences engaged and the industry alive. Creativity has been tunneled keeping restrictions in mind, but the human mind can find its way.

We have had the pleasure, through our Festival, to meet other “Scientist-Musicians.” What do you think makes those two realms compatible?

Scientists thrive on innovation. Being a scientist can complement an individual to reach their greatest heights of creativity. A scientist is someone who gathers and uses research and evidence to gain and share understanding and knowledge which tends to fit well into being a curious and systematic musician.

How did you come to directing your own videos? How do you look at the relation between music and moving images?

Having a vision while creating a song has led me to directing my own videos. When I compose my own song, I am already familiarized with the lingo, equipment, strategies and better prepared when the time comes to turn a concept into a video.

Music and sound are mediums used to enhance drama and to help illustrate the emotional content in any story. When used in films and music videos, it enhances the connection that the viewer gets with what is being shown on screen. Sound in general functions to stimulate reality, creating an illusion and setting the mood.

Is the Musician a messenger? If so, what is the message? And in this context, what is your take on “the Music Industry” at large?

Yes, I do believe a musician in a way is a messenger who provides a message to an audience. The message differs based on who the messenger is.

The music industry at large consists of individuals and organizations who write songs, compose and create music, subsequently sell recorded music and present their music in concerts etc. Since the focus of the industry is monetary, the message is sometimes curtailed to monetary advances which can sometimes hinder creativity. Eventually, creativity will find its own way.

What do you think it will take for Humanity to take the steps towards peace, tolerance of one another’s differences, preservation of the Planet and all related topics? How does our current situation make you feel?

If you ask anyone where tolerance fits in, they will think of the principle of “humanity” or promoting compassion, charity, friendship and mutual understanding and peace. You can’t have peace if there is no tolerance. The principle of unity means that we are open to all, that we embrace all the differences and are tolerant of them. Universality is to promote mutual understanding, friendship and tolerance as well.

In reality, If you don’t consider others to be equal, there is not real tolerance. Human beings have begun to evolve into creatures who understand and tolerate one another. We have a long way to go.

What about Live Music? Do you like performing live, have you been able to organize jam sessions in the course of the past few months, if not actual concerts with actual audiences? Have you considered broadcasting Live performances via the internet?

Yes, I love to perform live whenever and wherever I can. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, I have not been able to comfortably organize jam sessions or concerts as of yet. That being said, I have interacted with my team and audience through online broadcast services, mainly via zoom meetings. I have definitely considered broadcasting Live shows via the internet.

Short statement describing your vision of the post-covid cinema, do you think there will be notable changes?

Post-covid cinema has seen a lot of changes. Movie production was hit hard by Covid. Movies ventured towards a streaming medium as theaters and movie sets were shut down for months causing financial distress on the system.

Going forward, what movies look like and how they are consumed could be very different. Due to the increased cost of on-set safety precautions it has been difficult for independent filmmakers to take a risk. Animated movies for families may see in increase as they are easier to produce virtually with animators working from different locations, reducing the need for safety measures.



Born: 27th August 1979, Bombay, India Origin: USA, India Genres: Singer/Songwriter, World, Pop, Christian, Fusion Occupation: Physician, Computer Engineer, Singer, Music Composer, Producer and Director Years Active: 2003 – present Mohammed Khisar Paika is an USA based practicing physician, singer, songwriter, composer, engineer, Cantor, a Coran singer as well as someone who specializes in World, Spiritual, Pop, Christian, Fusion and Eastern style music. He is the founder and managing director of One Essence Productions.

Early Life Mohammed Khisar Paika was born in Bombay (India) and his family immigrated to the United States of America when he was 6 years old. At an early age, Mohammed started to explore his interest in music and performance. As a child, he showed a keen interest in singing and chanting. Recording Career His music career started with Eastern and Western musical influences which helped shape his singing style and performances. He composed his first song at the age of 19. During that time he had also had a keen interest in learning the piano and guitar. In 1996, he went on to pursue a degree in computer engineering and during his undergrad years he joined the Silent Tender Organization Center for Martial Arts. He was part of the Silent Thunder Band. He released his first spiritual based a cappella album which was named “Sounds of Reverence” in 2003. He then went onto pursue his medical degree in 2003. During the years of 2003-2008, he served as a Cantor while in med school. In 2017 he set up “One Essence Productions” and released his first solo a cappella album – “The Most Merciful”. In 2018 he had released his first solo music based album “Unity” which was a fusion of moderate contemporary as well as Bollywood style music.

In early 2018, his first single “So Many Divisions” was released on Vevo which has over 1 million views and which has earned him multiple film awards for Best Music Video, Best Song, etc. In 2019 – 2021 Mohammed continued to released singles which would eventually be part of his third studio album with an anticipated release date of Late 2021. Performances, Tours and Media appearances Mohammed has traveled to countries around the world for his music including USA, Dubai, Singapore, France, England, Turkey, India. He has performed in USA. In August 2019, Mohammed performed and hosted the Open Mic and Karaoke Talent Search in Garland, Texas. In September 2019, Mohammed performed at the APPNA event which also featured Ali Pervez Mehdi. In 2021 Mohammed recorded a collaboration with Pakistani Classical Singer Hisham Faisal Siddique. Mohammed’s single “Mere Khuda” received over 800k views.

Education: University of New Mexico B.S. in Computer Engineering 1996 – 2001

College Ross University School of Medicine Medical Doctor 2003 – 2008

College Albany Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency 2008 – 2011 High School Highland High School

1993 – 1996

Albums: • Silent Thunder – Sounds of Reverence Sortie : 2002 Label: Independent • The Most Merciful Sortie : 2015 Label: One Essence Productions Formats: CD, Digital Download • Unity Sortie : 2018 Label: One Essence Productions Formats: CD, Digital Download • Ishq-e-Khuda Sortie prévue : fin 2021 Label: One Essence Productions Formats: CD, Digital Download Voir ses Awards & Nominations

Favorite Quotes

” What you seek is seeking you” – Rumi “You miss 100% of shots you dont take” Lee Harvey Oswald ” Dont grieve, anything you loose comes around in another form” – Rumi “Be the change that you wish to see” “Strive for progress not perfection” “Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher” “Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more” “If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.”

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