Faliq Auri is a Multi-Woodwind who plays Irish Uilleann Pipes, Celtic Winds, and Saxophone.
I am a musician based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I play the Uilleann Pipes, Smallpipes, Flute, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, and Alto Sax. I have travelled and performed extensively at various international performances in South Korea, Chile, Peru, UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Singapore, Indonesia and recently at SXSW 2016 in Austin, TX USA.
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Interview with Faliq Auri
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1. How many keys you can play on the Uilleann Pipes? - my Uilleann Pipes is in the key of 'D'. For Major Keys, I can play in D, E, G, & A Major and its relative minors. 2. What's the difference between Irish Uilleann Pipes and Scottish Highland Bagpipes? - The difference between the two iconic instruments are huge! Scottish Highland Bagpipes is Loud, in the key of Bb and Mixolydian scale, Not much ornamentations and only 1 octave. As for the Irish Uilleann Pipes, the volume is equivalent to a Violin, in the key of D, full D Major Scale in 2 octaves, you can play Staccato, legato and vibrato.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just released my Album in June. Currently working on a few collaborations and some new music with local folks.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always give a 100% commitment and to bring out the richness sound of the Uilleann Pipes, whistle , and Saxophone in their project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a musician who plays a rare instruments, I love to do something that is outside of my comfort zone. there were one time, i had a client who asked me to record some uilleann pipe and low whistle for his metal music composition.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "Non- Irish musician who plays Irish and other Celtic music just to gain some attention" The fact is that I've been playing and studied Irish / Scottish music since 2002 and Highland Bagpipes and Whistle is my first instruments.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Would you like to work on something different and new?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm a quick learner and different thinker. I play the usual and experiment the unusual stuffs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Flute, Macbook,USB Microphone, Super Wifi Router, Power plug?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile and quck learner. I grew up listening to various music ranging from jazz, pop, funk, world music and folk music. Also, I am very passionate in Traditional Malay music and Celtic music mainly Irish music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Celtic music, contemporary movie soundtrack, World music, Fusion and also Jazz. I did work on Pop and other unusual music for my instruments such as Hip-Hop, Arabic, Indian and Greek.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Fast in adapting to the new styles and ideas.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I tend to think creatively and different than usual.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 3-5 Days
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording the sound of the Uilleann Pipes for various clients with various styles/genres.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2017 I was part of Expedia's creative musical project called 'The World in tune', a project which consists of 16 musicians with various instruments around the world. The musicians are required to record a 2 minutes improvise music video and the idea is to play each of the videos either simultaneously or separately thus creating a nice blends of instruments and harmonies. I was one of the musician and I play the Uilleann Pipes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in the music scene for almost 2 decades.