Meet Qamarul, or mostly known as Q, an aspiring musician, foodie and poet.
Having grown up in a family of musicians, Q was often exposed to various music genres. It seemed almost natural for him to continue this legacy and pursue a career in music.
Currently working on a production that showcases his poetry and creating music with his band, Two Man Power Trip, Q and gang are set to produce an EP by the end of the year.
Interestingly, Q never had music lessons growing up, so it’s quite surreal to be teaching other people something he had no “formal education” in. Sometimes, simply being exposed to the craft is enough to spark interest.
We encourage you to do what you love and look for opportunities to further your talents.
Due to the desire to learn more about his craft and simultaneously share what he loves with others, #TalentSpark seemed like the perfect opportunity for Q. As he prepared for his presentation, we could tell that he was nervous, but seeing him deliver his knowledge to the youths with so much conviction, you could tell how much music meant to him.
Being an artist meant that the people he interacted with were largely comfortable with expressing themselves freely through music. However, being a mentor to people without any experience meant that he had to break down his thought process- which greatly differed from what he was used to when communicating with people of the same frequency.
Following the original plan would entail a slew of mainstream tracks sliced up to produce a tune that was catchy, however, in pushing himself to give the participants a fresh takeaway, he managed to come up with something original, showing the youths that boundaries can be pushed, that music is experimental and that the fun comes from the journey. They also had a jam sesh! How cool is that!
Q believes that in pursuing music,
“there’s always something that has not been discovered”
The only limit is his imagination, this reminder motivates him to continue what he does, allowing him to impart his knowledge and encourage people to experiment with new forms of music.
He may have been the mentor, but he was learning so much about himself through this journey. There were times where he deleted tracks and started over, but in attempting to reconcile the urge to be experimental and the urge to deliver formal knowledge, he prioritised teaching the youths well, over self-expression.
It is important to ask yourself if you are ever doing something for the sake of it.
“By working hard and doing what you truly enjoy, you’ll meet the right people that support you in time.”
Through this mentorship journey, Q realised that he had to be patient and think about things in a more systematic way- which he was not particularly used to. In some ways, he was pushed out of his comfort zone too.
“Being thoughtful and open to differences can really help one connect with others through the craft. “
Looking back, he would have liked to engage the participants a little more. Grappling with changing his work process and being an effective communicator taught him that getting to know people and helping them gain footing in an unfamiliar environment made his experience as a coach easier because students were more receptive.
That could not have been easy, but we’re glad he followed through and learnt some things about himself along the way.
“You don’t need a certificate to do things you love. As long as you know what you’re doing and what you’re truly good at, it doesn’t matter what other people say. Your work will speak for itself. ”
Written by: Natalie Khoo
This project is powered by National Youth Council (NYC)
*Quotes have been modified for clarity