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Biography

Blending the worlds of contemporary R&B, pop rock, and classic soul, Hasan Malik is a rising singer-songwriter raised in Dubai and based in San Francisco. At the tender age of 19, he has quickly established himself as one of the industry’s most exciting young talents, and was crowned the Middle East’s Emerging Talent after a series of powerful performances across the region. With a voice beyond his years, Hasan's infatuation with soul music is a consequence of his admiration for renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Alicia Keys and John Legend. Hasan has captivated audiences with his breathtaking live show and emotive songwriting, directly supporting international artists such as Coldplay and Rihanna as well as performing regularly at major music festivals. After signing with Universal Music MENA, Hasan released his debut single, Why Can’t It Be Me, in October 2018. The track has received widespread acclaim from listeners worldwide, amassing 350,000+ streams on Spotify and setting the stage for Hasan’s upcoming releases in 2019. 

Growing up in Dubai, Hasan spent much of his youth performing at underground music venues across the city, where he was known for his soulful vocals and dynamic performances. Hasan’s improvisatory piano playing allowed him to both accompany himself onstage and collaborate with a range of seasoned musicians. By the time he was 15, he had immersed himself in the city’s burgeoning music scene and formed a collective of musicians with whom he developed his first live show. While recording demos in Barcelona, Hasan was invited to perform at one of the city’s iconic venues, JazzSi Club, in a concert hosted by theTaller de Músics. During the concert, he was inspired by a moving delivery of cante flamenco and labels the performance as the defining moment in his appreciation of music as a transformative – and universal – mode of expression. After performing across Barcelona’s many jazz venues, Hasan enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to study jazz vocals in an intensive workshop led by Scott Stroman MM FGS, a leading British conductor.

Once you have heard him, you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry. Malik’s music is melodic and memorable, and he invests heart and soul in each performance.
— Adam Grundley, RedBull

In 2015, Hasan attended Berklee College of Music's prestigious Five-Week Performance Program, where he worked with several prominent faculty members, notably Janice Pendarvis and Vinx, on the art of songwriting and vocal performance. It was at Berklee where Hasan penned his first original song, For Now, as part of a performance showcase. Upon winning the program’s songwriting contest, he performed For Now at the David Friend Recital Hall in Boston. When he returned to Dubai, Hasan recorded a studio version of the song with producer Josh Williams and released it as part of GoPlayTheWorld’s Volume I, a six-track compilation album featuring Dubai’s upcoming artists. The album reached #1 on the iTunes Middle East Chart, making Hasan the youngest artist to achieve this feat in the region.

After having cemented a place in Dubai’s music scene, Hasan made his national debut in February 2016, performing at the Middle East's biggest musical festival, RedFest DXB, as part of an international lineup including Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and Fifth Harmony. Later that year, Hasan was crowned the Middle East Emerging Talent, where he performed at Beats on the Beach alongside Travis Scott and Sean Paul, and earned a du Arena artist residency. In November 2016, Hasan performed at du Arena as Rihanna’s supporting act, and followed up with a New Year’s Eve performance ahead of Coldplay’s headline slot. In May 2017, he was chosen as the opening act for English singer-songwriter Olly Murs, and spent the following months recording the blueprints of his debut project at the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London. The five-track acoustic demos caught the attention of executives at Universal Music MENA, who began talks with Hasan as he approached his senior year of high school. In February 2018, Hasan returned to the RedFest DXB stage alongside The Chainsmokers, Craig David, and Bebe Rexha, and also played his first headline show as part of The Fridge Concert Series. 

Hasan Malik has become an icon in the local music scene with his style that fuses soul with contemporary R&B.
— Thais Kelly, The Culture Trip

In May 2018, Hasan signed with Universal Music MENA, and spent the summer working on his first release with producer Roy Kerr at RAK Studios in London. His debut single, Why Can’t It Be Me, was released in October of that year, amassing 350,000+ streams on Spotify. Shortly after the release of his first single, Hasan and Roy teamed up again to record and produce two tracks, which were released in March and April 2019 respectively. Hasan’s latest single, Move On, was featured on six New Music Friday playlists on Spotify, including New Music Friday Deutschland, New Music Friday Switzerland, and New Music Friday Gulf. Upon gaining admission to Stanford University, Hasan has deferred his enrollment to continue working on music, and recently moved to California to write, record, and perform across the Golden State. With an abundance of raw talent and years of performing under his belt, Hasan will undoubtedly be an artist to watch in 2019 and beyond.