Muhammad Samie (a.k.a. the Spell Caster) is a Pakistani based multi-dimensional mystic icon who has emerged as a phenomenal & self-developed mystic music persona and has invented his own genre while staying within the confinements of sufi boundaries. He is a writer, poet, singer, composer, musician, aural/visual editor and graphic designer and has earned an unusual popularity and magnetized a unique and strong sufi-music loving fan-base in Pakistan & across the globe in an extremely short period of time.
Muhammad Samie was born on October 8th, 1988 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and had his basic schooling in the capital of KSA. He moved to Gujranwala (Pakistan) along with his family back in 1995 and completed his higher secondary education there.
Assuming an average life expectancy of 60 years, Samie spent slightly less than half of his life in academics. Being a member of middle class family led by an active, diligent and inspirational white-collar job holder, the utmost emphasis was always on studies. After completing his Masters in Business Administration back in 2012 from University of the Punjab (Lahore), he stepped into the perils of Chartered Accountancy (CA). He qualified CA by the end of 2016 and permanently shifted to Lahore.
Samie’s musical journey is, though thoughtfully planned and articulated, but is unconventional and unusual altogether. His music and vocal sense was God’s gift but never had time to separately invest in this due to studies. However, self-experiments and self-practice techniques continued side-by-side. As the intellectual corridors got matured and behavioral and psychological shifts took place, his genre preferences got altered and kept evolving. Major part of his life was spent in unusual listening practices that covered multiple genres across cultures and religions.
It was at an age of 18 years, back in 2006, when he heard the voice of a brassy and passionate dialogues with God by a legend, punctuated with a series of paradoxical questions arranged in a genre of qawwali. This was when he heard Aziz Mian Qawwal for the first time and was entirely mind-blown by the weight of his content and the way he adopted to deliver it. In Samie’s perspective, Aziz Mian was not only a different qawwal but a man who invented a music genre that was all in all unique and inspirational. Samie was introduced to an undiscovered world of sufi kalam and qawwali and got gifted with an urge and ability to transform his feelings and emotions into poetic stanzas. He soon began to drill down deep into Urdu literature, classical poetry, spirituality and sufism, history and philosophy and engaged into research on those subjects.
Samie’s natural rhythm and tempo got further refined over time through influence of masterpieces by legends like Sabri Brothers and their supremely melodious qawwalis. By around 21 years of age, Samie started producing poetic pieces in an urge to connect them all to complete different topics. Through self-practice techniques, he used to invent and improvise compositions to merge them into his poetic verses.
Qawwals’ brisk, smooth and rhythmic shuffling of fingers onto harmonium keys always fascinated Samie. In fact, it turned out to be his favorite instrument with the passage of time. He used to observe compositions being played and placement and movement of the fingers of qawwals while they played the notations on harmonium keys. He bought and learnt to play it through observations and natural music sense and took it to an extent that enabled him to produce compositions through harmonium. Eventually, he self-mastered it to a level that enabled him to even play musical pieces on harmonium between the delivery of sufi couplets.
Samie’s unusual interest in Urdu, Persian, Arabic, English & Punjabi literature coupled with detailed research & study forms the base of his spiritual creations. Samie’s inference pertaining spiritual messages revolves around his musical slogan, “Short Sufi Spells”.