One of the most talented upcoming guitarists of the new generation, Ifaz Abrar Reza plays for Shrapnel Method, Arekta Rock band, as well as his own solo project. His playing can only be described as ‘smooth as butter’, with his videos on social media gaining a lot of appreciation from seasoned musicians in the country. The rockstar sits with The Daily Star for a round of One Minute Please!
The first guitar you gigged with?
The Ibanez GIO, a guitar which was very dear to me. It was in 2009.
A genre you absolutely despise?
Any genre of music which follows a specific cult, and inspires the listeners to look down on other genres of music. It’s 2019, and about time we start accepting diversity.
How important is long hair on a musician?
I cannot overstate the importance! How else will you play an instrument properly and flex on what you have done? (Laughs)
Something you want to achieve by the age of 30?
I’d like to release two studio albums, and tour some countries with my music.
Who do you look up to as your musical inspiration?
Mike Shinoda has always been my inspiration, and I probably would not have found music to be a fun activity if it weren’t for him!
Make a dream line-up of a band with Bangladeshi musicians.
It would be Adhnan Sulaiman on guitar, Mark Don on Drums, Maheyan Hasan on bass and Hassan Munhamanna on vocals. Oh, and me on shakers!