We had the good fortune of connecting with Aamir Hydari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aamir, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
This question has more and more relevance as one gets older and older and realizes their own mortality. I’m not financially wealthy and I’m not a major philanthropist, so I won’t leave that kind of legacy behind. I’d like people to remember me for my wit/humor, my creative endeavors (painting/drawing, playing the drums, my writing, writing and singing silly jingles), being a loyal and good friend, my love for my family, my intellect, my steadfast attitude of “keeping it real”, my obsession with detail/organization/cleanliness, and hopefully by that time a good lover/partner.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As much as I’d love for my art to be my professional career, it is not. My “day job” is in a technical capacity in banking. It provides me the means to pursue my passions, which are art and music. I am inspired by a variety of things such as – nature, Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Kitch/Horror, faith, politics, and all facets of music…especially Metal/Punk. I am longing to do an art showing, but the pandemic has really put a damper on that desire. I have a significant body of work that I’m very proud of and that I feel people would enjoy looking at. I have a FB page for my art and those that have seen my work there and in person seem to really like it. I hope that being featured here will get me some more exposure and generate more interest in my work. I have been playing the drums for over 30 years and have played in a few local bands. I have also done voice-over work for ADV Films, HealthStart, and Refugee Solidarity Network. I put a lot of time, energy, and passion into my painting and feel that I have my own very distinct style. My creative outlets and abilities give me a lot of personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and self-expression that I am extremely grateful for.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love Houston. This city has been my home since 1987. I love the weather and I love how real and unpretentious it is. Houston is so diverse and multi-cultural. The food scene here is incredible and our museums and art scene rival any other major metropolitan city. I would take a visitor on a bike ride on the Heights Hike and Bike Trails. Hit up Brash Brewery for an afternoon beer. The Houston Cistern is awesome. I also love going down to Harwin and Hillcroft to shop and eat at the Pakistani, Indian, and Middle Eastern establishments. Due to the pandemic live music is dead right now, but we have so many great venues to see bands…I’m dying for that day to come back. I also love hanging out at Shady Acres on 19th Street.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am without my family first and foremost. My parents and my two younger brothers are my anchors and their love, patience, acceptance, and encouragement has been invaluable. My small group of close friends have also been an amazing source of support through all the ups and downs of life. My current girlfriend/partner of the past 1.5 years has had a major impact on my life. Her love and companionship is something I’ve never had with anyone else. And all the various forms of music, but especially the Metal/Punk scene that has inspired me, moved me, and brought me so much utter joy since the ripe age of 12.
Other: I also write for – www.gonzogeek.com