Who is Naveed Hossain?

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is the story of Naveed Hossain, an underdog in the music industry taking his first steps into the Great Beyond that is the Internet. He is a self-taught musician twenty-one years in the making, who has done both remarkable original compositions and unique spins on existing works. Here’s why you should care.

I write about Naveed because for ten years now, he has been my best friend. In those ten years, I have watched him grow from young, semi-intelligent child into an old, not-unintelligent child. I should say this, however: his is a story of under-the-radar talent that our peers always seemed to miss. Coming from the obscure corner of the globe that is Dhaka, Bangladesh, you’d expect his talents to remain as such; an acquired taste with limited reach. But over the years, he’s been able to find his niche (or at least its general area on Google Maps), and I firmly believe he has been able to do so without my help. Does that mean the opinions I express now have no bias in them? That I have no bias? No. Of course it doesn’t. Of course I do. I have more bias in this than I would if I were grading papers as my own TA. But it also means that regardless of what I have to say, Naveed has been able to begin slowly building up a little fanbase on his own. He’s capable of speaking for himself, and he’s already done so in song.

So who is Naveed Hossain? He is my best friend. And he is an artist. He is also, in many ways, Andy Dwyer. Fun fact: last year, we had him improvise a composition that had to incorporate words on Cards Against Humanity cards we pulled out and waved in front of his face at random. In very Chris Pratt-y fashion, it worked out hilariously, and we’ll hopefully have a recorded redo up soon. But all of that hardly touches on why Naveed Hossain is Naveed Hossain.

Here’s a quick preview of some of his stuff. Yes, 40 followers on Soundcloud is by no account a lot, but when you take into account the kind of reach his musical style would typically have in Bangladesh, it’s not unimpressive. He’s currently reaching out to other musicians who are just starting out, looking to mutually help expand their prospects. After all, given our circumstances, conventional headhunting won’t be what helps him get big. He’ll have to work with new friends, and I encourage you to look more into Indies like him just starting out. If not Naveed, why not take a look at Ben Woodward or Embers in Snow?

Indies like these people matter; as much as we may want to hold on to classics or even moderns, many of them will be the ones who become the industry’s future. Naveed is passionate about music, and his expansive coverage of genres and styles proves it. Downfall is an original composition of his, right down to the lyrics. He’s also done instrumentals ranging from the serene (and Final Fantasy-ish) The House Beside the Waterfall to the powerful Beneath the Deeper Truth. As if that weren’t enough, he also composed original soundtracks for the amateur short films I’ve directed, helping them feel substantially less “amateur”. Such a track I’m particularly thankful for is Mind Vs Mind, which was used to open our collaborative short “Sherlock Holmes in Bangladesh”. He has since also done a remix called Mind Vs Common Sense. My common sense continues to question why it was titled as such, but I suppose there’s no reason to mind.


You’ll notice that some of his originals were composed using digital software alone. This is because it took some time to find appropriate recording hardware; but since then, he has begun fine-tuning his other works. While we wait for solid, improved versions, it’s also worth taking a peek at his covers: he’s done covers like Thousand Foot Krutch’s This is a Call, as well as ones for themes from popular movies or shows. Fans of Joss Whedon may appreciate Did I Fall Asleep? This mashup of the themes from Doctor Who and Harry Potter is also one sure to appeal to many. Quite frankly, I’m a little disappointed the latter hasn’t crashed the internet yet.

Although his prospects have always been held back, Naveed Hossain took a brave step and put himself out there. Today, his library has grown substantially from where I first found him: a thirteen-year-old studying “How to Guitar”s off early-2000′s-internet YouTube. Today, he shows more promise than our peers could ever have predicted. Today, I find myself proud of not only his talent but also his resolve. And today, I urge you to seek out his work and that of others like him–beginner musicians–and to reach out to them. After all, as our collective future nears, we will one day be looking to them to sing our generation’s sorrows. It’s best they hear our voices now so they can be ready.

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Aaraf Afzal

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Aaraf Afzal is many things, but he's not particularly good at being any of them. He continues to work towards this goal, among others, studying Film & TV and Economics at Boston University. An avid subscriber to the belief that all forms of media have their own sense of artistic beauty, he is particularly invested in writing fiction and recently released his first novel "Re: Revolution" in Bangladesh. Alongside his pursuits at Culture Shock, he's currently at work writing an online series called "The Chosen Zeroes." Fandoms and inspirations include Neil Gaiman, Kingdom Hearts, Ratchet and Clank, Marvel Comics, and Culture Shock. Giggity.

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