ARRANGER, PRODUCER & PERFORMER
Before Shayan's Mum died, when he was a teenager, she bought him a piano as a goodbye present. She never lived to see him play it for it arrived a few days after she passed on. However, upon unpacking the piano, something truly amazing happened. Shayan placed his hands on the instrument and started unexpectedly creating music. Yes, we said that correctly. Shayan started writing songs out of the blue. And not one, or two, but a plethora of them. Not knowing what to do with his new found gift and his ever-growing catalogue of songs, Shayan decided to leave his hometown, Secunderabad, and turn to London for solace where his elder brother and first cousins resided at the time. He made this move after losing his Dad exactly one year after his Mum. He felt there was nothing left for him back home. In London, Shayan took out a loan and enrolled himself for a sound engineering course at the prestigious Alchemea College of Audio Engineering in hope that he would learn how to record some of the songs that he had written. But recording songs required money, i.e. musicians, singers, studio time etc and finances were tight with loans maxed out. Undeterred and accepting of the challenge, Shayan resorted to entrepreneurship where he ingeniously auctioned a portion of his future earnings on eBay to raise money to record a song of his. He wanted to raise USD $1,000. He ended up raising a staggering USD 18,000 in 7 days! He later went on to become the first person to ever raise USD 1 million privately for music (approx Rs 6 crore at the time) which led to the birth of his project FEEL. Till date FEEL has garnered over 47 million downloads worldwide purely through word-of-mouth and is now under consideration to be made into a Broadway Musical. Shayan is one of a handful of individuals from India to ever be interviewed by the late legendary Sir David Frost as part of his Frost Over The World where Frost opened the interview with the question "Well, is the new Elton John going to come from India?"
To learn more about Indian-born critically acclaimed pianist and songwriter, Shayan, and sample some of his incredible music visit the Shayan Official Website: