Proud of Our Graduates: Haniya Aslam

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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Trebas graduate Haniya Aslam.

This week, as part of our Proud of Our Graduates series, we’re introducing readers to Haniya Aslam. Through Trebas’ Audio Engineering, Production, and DJ Arts program, Haniya has earned herself an exciting and creative career as a freelance score composer, sound designer, and mix engineer. Read on to learn how Haniya achieved her place in the sound engineering world.

Starting at the Top

Three years ago, Haniya moved to Toronto from Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Paktunkhwa province, where she was in a band for six years. The band, Zeb and Haniya, recorded two studio albums and toured extensively, attracting listeners from all over the world and a social media following of over 350,000 fans.

While her cousin and long-time music partner Zeb provided the main vocals, Haniya was responsible for the group’s instrumentals—which critics noted as “forging a new space in Pakistan’s contemporary music scene.” Her music drew from across musical cultural boundaries, pulling influences from jazz, blues, and folk songs, infused with notes from Tajikistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

While most of their songs are in Urdu, some also feature Pashto, Dari, and Turkish lyrics. Their global tour and international appeal saw the band perform for NPR, record the soundtrack for a Pakistani TV show, and take the stage for an official Coke Studio Session. Zeb and Haniya were a critical and commercial hit.

Even with a successful music career under her belt, Haniya sought to improve her skills. She felt that she needed practical training and began searching for a top music producing college.

“I realized that my lack of technical knowledge held me back from achieving my potential as a musician, a composer and a producer,” she explains. “After extensive research on music and audio engineering schools, I decided on Trebas.”

Fine-Tuning Her Career with Trebas

She enrolled in Trebas’ Audio Engineering, Production, and DJ training program to spend some time honing her craft.

“I had joined Trebas in the hopes of improving my composition and performance chops,” says Haniya, “but one year at Trebas helped me achieve so much more, and understand how vast the world of audio engineering actually is.”

From composing to performing, recording, mixing, and editing, Haniya was able to try her hand at state-of-the-art sound technologies and techniques. She became a more well-rounded musician, with a deeper understanding of what the field of professional sound production truly entails.

In a matter of months, she was ready to get to work in this highly-specialized industry. “The 11 months at Trebas were packed with useful information, in addition to the little tips and tricks the instructors shared from their own experiences in the field.”

Enjoying Life After Graduation

Since graduating from Trebas Audio and DJ college, Haniya has worked as a freelance sound professional. Open to and qualified for a range of sound industry jobs, she has earned herself positions with Citrus Audio as a score composer and music supervisor of a feature film, as well as a sound designer and mix engineer on two short films so far.

Her latest projects have yet to be released, but keep an eye on Haniya’s Vimeo account for a peek at what they entail. The future is bright for Haniya with the skills she learned in audio school.

“Every day I find myself in situations that would have been impossible to handle without the knowledge base that Trebas gave me,” she explains.

We are so proud of all that Haniya has achieved, and wish her the best as she continues to make music and shape soundscapes throughout her exciting career.

Inspired by Haniya’s story?

Visit Trebas for more information about starting your very own career in the fast-paced and rewarding audio industry.

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