HEY! LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A LITTLE BETTER. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU AS AN ARTIST
I hate talking about myself as I don’t like being the centre of attention but if you are going to support my work, then you deserve to know me at least a little bit. I’m Shaz, though you may know me as SHAZDIDTHIS. I just turned 25 in January, I’m a British Bangladeshi born and raised in the city of Sunderland to two amazing parents who are from Bangladesh. I’m a huge music, football, MMA and film/tv show fan. I find as I get older, I get more comfortable being myself and being more open with what I like and not fear judgement. You’ll be surprised how many people feel more comfortable around you when you’re not afraid to be yourself around them.
If you could describe your collection in 3 words what would they be?
Ethereal, Honest, Me.
What does a day in the life look like for you?
I always start my day off with listening to music. These days I play a lot of music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Artists who make music from their soul. From Prince, to Michael Jackson, to Marvin Gaye, to Luther Vandross, to Stevie Wonder. Magical artists that make me feel good just by listening to their voice. Mix it with music from today from Nas, to Beyonce, to Dilla, to Kendrick, to Drake, to SiR, to Future etc and I feel great. I always see my parents, my siblings and my nephews and nieces who I love spoiling. They’re such great kids. My oldest nephews, currently 14 and 15 years old, I struggle to spoil them because they don’t let me but I always win in the end, ha. I make sure they know I’m always there and they always feel comfortable returning the love I give them. I just try make sure emotionally they’re always good. If I’m not creating, I’m gaming, if I’m not gaming, I’m with my friends just kicking it. I usually create though, I need to. I don’t come from a rich family so I can’t really afford to stand still for too long. I live for them, family over everything.
What’s a fun fact about you that you think would surprise people?
I used to go on rap forums in my teenage years and write raps and also battle rap online too. I never lost. I even won some money once from doing that. You will never know what my rap name was hahaha. I still write verses to this day, I usually take lines I write and put it into the art you see.
What’s your favourite design from the collection and why?
You can only be free if you’re not afraid to lose your mind. Or ‘My evolution will be beautiful.’ They both represent two sides to me. The first one, representing a darker side. A more thought provoking, challenging side while the other represents a more hopeful, energetic, inspirational, bright and colourful side. I find I attract a wide demographic who relate to certain styles I do. It’s so interesting to see people who usually hate hopeful art follow me because they love the darker, more ‘masculine’ art I make.