Assad aka DJ Barrister started out as a guitarist during his early days, learning both acoustic and electric guitar at the age of 12 and playing in various rock bands throughout high school. In those days the sounds of grunge and progressive rock were the rage, and Assad eagerly consumed cds by Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Pink Floyd, and Dire Straits, amongst others.
At the University of Pennsylvania he joined the prestigious Penn Glee Club, which is the oldest continuing performing arts group in American colleges, and took part in singing and dancing in fully choreographed musicals until he graduated in 2004. Under the tutelage of Erik Nordgen, Assad developed his vocals, and an ear for the sounds of Motown, Broadway, and old school jazz.
Near the end of his college days, Assad picked up DJing from his friend Hamed Masri, and enjoyed the showcase nights at Lounge 125. Having caught the DJing bug, Assad purchased his own turntables when he moved to London for law school, and played at quite a few bars and clubs in East London/Hoxton/Shoreditch. At this point he regularly picked up records by the Freemasons, Junior Jack, Armand Van Helden, and David Guetta to share with his circle.
During his trips to Mykonos in 2005 and Ibiza in 2006, Assad heard the real underground sound of house, trance and techno, and incorporated it into his own sets. Nowadays you can find DJ Barrister spinning regularly all over Pakistan at events in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, showcasing his trademark blend of melodic techno and progressive/vocal house.
In 2011, DJ Barrister remixed Haroon, played at Miami WMC, opened for Sydney Blu at "In Blu Rooms" and was featured in Ministry of Sound's first forays in Pakistan, "Love Lahore" on July 16th and October 15th. In February 2012 he will be opening for Sander Kleinenberg in Lahore. DJ Barrister also continues to work on his album and with pop vocalists/musicians.
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