Winner of our Live & Unsigned competition, introducing, Sahand!
Born 10th December 1990 in Milton Keynes, Sahand started singing at age 3 to videos of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey in his parents’ living room. Some years later, they moved to London, where his love for Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder became apparent. Lifts to school introduced him to major influence Freddie Mercury, where his dad’s Queen Live at Wembley tapes would be played on loop.
During this period Sahand could be found with his brothers playing Beatles and Oasis songs on beaten up guitars, as well as more secretively singing and dancing along to Jackson records in his bedroom.His first band Harley was formed at age 12 whilst at school. Sahand’s first foray into live performance ensued, at school discos, as well as at local venue The Pioneer in St Albans.
At the age of 16 Sahand decided to embark on piano lessons in order to channel his musical abilities towards something more serious. Finding Andrew M Pisanu on the internet his first tentative steps into piano playing were taken. Their initial few sessions together soon dissolved and Mozart was promptly forgotten as their evenings together became creative sessions of songwriting; chord sequences, melodies, and lyrics. Replay was the first song penned.
Since then the songs have come thick and fast.
You can catch Sahand playing on the main stage on Saturday at 12.10. Check out the song that won Sahand the Live & Unsigned competition below.