Bradley Dsouza is a Pakistani Christian musician who was born on January 18, 1993 in Karachi. “For me music is a powerful communication tool. It causes us to laugh, cry think and question,” he says.
While recalling his childhood, he says, “My childhood was just like any other ordinary boy, who go to school and try to pick up good ranks eventually which did not happen. At that time, I could not have imagined that my life would change. I never thought I would be doing this… but my dad already knew.”
It was his father who inspired him to become what he is today, “My dad is a musician himself, and he’s a bass player too. It was my dad whom I was inspired by. During childhood I used to have guitars and drums and all sorts of instruments around me. I just used to pick up and strum or bang the drums and make a noise. I also used to watch my dad practicing and playing while I went with him for shows.” Bradley expresses a heart felt gratitude to his father. “I thank him so much for all this.”
“I had a serious decision to make during my high school, either to continue with my studies or go full on with music which I chose… We all have to just approach music the same way we learn verbal language they can be read and written but music works better than the spoken words because it doesn’t have to be understood to be effective.”
“As the time progressed I started exploring more music and more musicians online. I started playing the bass at the age of 5 or 6 and used to watch other bass players and concerts try to learn and play a certain melody or a song. I used to practice for hours played my first underground concert for a charity talent night at the Saint Anthony’s parish at the age of 11.”
“I had a mainstream band by the name of Mizmaar which was over due to some personal issues,” he said. “Later on, I started doing sessions as a session bass player and played with many of the top notch bands in Pakistan. I was very fascinated by all this at such an early age.”
“My dad used to put me to sleep with something like iron maiden dream theatre and etc so then I just used to sit play and dad used to bring some bass tutorial video back in the days used to tell me what is right and wrong. I had a lot of encouragement from my dad that’s how I am today is because he believed in me.”
Bradley has been playing bass with some of the well-known Pakistani artistes including Hadiqa Kiani, Fuzon, Strings, Noori, Karavan and many more. He is currently playing Shafqat Amanat Ali since 12 years. He has also performed in various TV shows including Playing it live with Shallum Xavier and Ufone Youth records.
When asked about his upcoming projects he said, “I have been up with many projects in the past years, including recordings with various artists like Shallum Xavier, Shuja Haider , Louis John Pinto aka Gumby, Komal Rizvi and my own band as well “Mirage.” He told he is working on projects with his band mates Saad Rehan and Abid on various TVC’s jingles , music, background scoring and many other project at the Chota Setup Bara Sound.
“I have a lot of goals in life,” he says, “but one of them is to set an example for newer generations and do my own projects something unique and new to the ears, I wish to conduct workshops and teach others and encourage them into becoming musicians.”
“If we approach music in the same way as we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same way and in a short time similarly like we take time to speak our first language. In the beginning embrace mistakes instead of correcting them,” he says to the beginners. “Its just working hard, as say Practice makes perfect.” he urges. “I want to see better musicians which would make me happy, I see good musicians coming and when ever I meet them I appreciate them.”
“Just go out there make music and keep doing what you love. As far as the industry is concerned good and extraordinary people do come to the eyes and get there role to be a part of something good,” he advices youth. “Music is not a hobby, you have to work hard in whatever you do. Cheers to the upcoming musicians,” he said.