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The Legacy continues...

Speaking of our special guest on today’s T &C, I first saw this amazing guitar virtuoso in action at a Guitar Fest held a few years back. At that time, I rarely knew who this highly talented musician was, reminding me of Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. Nevertheless, everyone including myself was fully blown away his breathtaking performance with the guitar, that evening, and he stole the show completely.

I had an intention to have an interview with him sooner or later, but it got gradually delayed due to, unavoidable circumstances, and other commitments. So finally, after some time, I’m able to sit down for a chat with Shayhd Legacy, the Maldivian Guitar Legend, lead guitarist of Sacred Legacy, the current front man of Gravity, and a musician who has over 20 years’ experience in the Maldivian Music industry, a well-known guitarist worldwide with four solo albums, and have worked with many famous guitarists worldwide, and the number one guitarist in the Maldives.

Shahyd made his musical entrance to the stage in the late 2004 with his first band called ‘’SYN’’ but took his music to a new level after forming his own band ‘’Sacred Legacy ‘’ in 2006. He also released his first guitar solo album ‘’The Sacred Legacy ‘’ in September 2006. With his hard thrashing riffs and melodious solos, Sacred Legacy became an instant hit amongst the rock music lovers. Along with Sacred Legacy Shahyd began his solo career as well, to become known as the “Legacy”. He is also currently the owner of the ‘’Legacy Studios’’ in the Maldives.

Excerpts:

Q: What are you up to, music-wise these days?

First I'd like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for this Interview, I've been working on my fifth solo album which is due to release by the end of 2021. I have also been composing music for movies and Tv commercials. In addition to this, I have been working with my current band; gravity to release our second studio album.

Q: I believe that you’re no stranger to the Sri Lankan guitar music scene here, especially Rock and Metal. But the Sri Lankan music audience would love to know more about you. Tell us about yourself.

I am a musician/guitarist and a composer from the Maldives. I have been working in the Maldivian music industry for the past 22 years, specializing in the rock and metal genre with over 4 solo albums released worldwide and tours in both Asia and Europe.

Q: What inspired you to become a musician and take in to Rock music in the first place?

I started listening to metal music in my school days in 1997, it was one of my classmates and closest friends who introduced me to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura. One day he showed me something that blew my mind away. It was a cassette tape of the famous Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, and at that moment I decided that I want to play and shred like him and become one of the best guitarists in the Maldives. So I started learning from my friend who also showed me my favorite guitar virtuoso. To date, Yngwie has influenced me so much in my albums.

Q: How do you recall your first experience in a performance or as an artist?

I gave my first ever performance in 2004 with my first band SYN. We were just starting our musical journey and it was scary because we never played live and in front of a huge audience. We made it through with minor mistakes but in the end, it gave me the confidence to do better for the next gig. It felt amazing to play for people who appreciate our music!

Q: What comes to your mind first when you perform on stage?

It's more like a staged performance now we have everything rehearsed and choreographed even to minor details of a hair flip hehe...when I go on stage I feel like I own it and I can do anything I want and make the crowd go wild.

Q: Can you mention the bands and artistes which inspired you to become the guitar virtuoso you’re today?

When I got into rock and metal music back in the day I was mostly listening to Metallica, Megadeth dream theater, and testament and I have always loved the melodious solos of guitarists like randy roads, Marty Friedman but the first time I saw the Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen I got inspired to become a guitarist like him and make my musical style so I began listening to more guitarists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons and more.

Q: What does music basically mean to you?

For me, music is a place, a feeling, and a language. A place that takes you for peace of mind, the feeling that connects you to the rest of the people, and the language that unites all of us as one.

Q: How would you look at the local music scene there and at the international level?

Firstly, I would highlight that there are very talented musicians and artists in the Maldives. We lack a support system that could break the barriers to reach the worldwide recognition level. So I believe with the help of our government and the private sectors we can help our hardworking artists to break out of this bubble.

Q: Tell us about your experience in Sri Lanka. Were you able to meet the local artists and how would you see the Sri Lankan music scene?

Sri lanka is like a second home for me. I loved the times I have spent touring there especially on the guitar fest tour. I got to meet a lot of talented guitarists and bands there which I have shared the stage (Stigmata, Whirlwind, Fallen Grace, Etc.) I see a lot of potential in the Sri Lankan music scene. They are so dedicated and hardworking and would love to see the metal and rock bands from Srilanka performing in stages like waken and download fest.

Q: What’s the type of genre which you enjoy performing the most?

I have always loved performing rock and metal genre.

Q: How has the ongoing pandemic situation affected you and what have been the measures taken?

We had so much planned for 2020 from album recordings to band tours in Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation we all had to go on survival mode, which leads to cancelations, closing down the business, and working from home. I believe this is the situation everywhere. Hope we all get through this.

 

Q: As a musical veteran, what would be your advice to the upcoming musicians?

Set your goals straight and work for them. Don't wait for the opportunity to knock on your door but create it with your dedication and hard work.

Q: Looking back at your journey, how do you feel?

I have come a long way I feel like I have reached a part of my goal I set out to achieve creating my musical style and getting recognition worldwide. Inspiring younger generations have always been my dream. At this point, I want to pass my knowledge and find opportunities for the upcoming artists in the Maldives and work for their future.

Q: Anything new coming up in future?

For now, it would be my fifth solo album "Stasis" but there is more work to be done.