Introducing A-Zal Acclaimed Film and TV Composer Releases His Debut Singleb ‘Movie Script’
August 11, 2023 New York, NY A-Zal, also known as Atif Afzal, is a New York-based film composer and songwriter and the first pop singer of Indian origin breaking into the American scene. After releasing various covers on Instagram that have gained over 850k views, he releases his debut single today: ‘Movie Script.’
“When I worked for the movies, I always had a brief to write the soundtracks. I wasn’t able to tell my own story through my music for films. I’m coming out as an artist to tell my story to the world, where I’m the brief myself! It’s not just my songs, it is me.”.
Born in India, A-Zal’s family migrated to the UK and his childhood was immersed in British pop culture while living in London. This combination of influences helps A-Zal brings a fresh and unique perspective to his music. He moved back to India as a teen to study and ultimately began composing for International and Bollywood Productions including the films Gift, Prague and That Sunday. He also wrote the score for Monsoon Shootout which received critical acclaim at the 2013 Festival de Cannes in the Midnight Screenings section.
While living in India, A-Zal started visiting the United States with the hope to work with Hans Zimmer’s production company Remote Control. While in Los Angeles he tried with no avail to get a meeting so he took a taxi to the studio and knocked on the door which led to an interview.
He was ultimately offered a position assisting Zimmer that he couldn’t accept because he didn’t have a US work permit at the time. That offer prompted him to apply for one and he obtained the visa with his sights set on composing music for film in America. He moved from India to the USA in 2018 leaving behind everything to get his music to the West.
Soon after arriving in the US, A-Zal got to work and has collaborated with major film studios such as Marvel Studios, CBS Network and Netflix. His soundtracks have been featured in many television series and movies including Ms. Marvel, Loki, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Twilight Zone and Resort to Love.
A-Zal’s fans affectionately refer to him as the “American Ed Sheeran” due to his voice and his ability to create heartfelt and resonant melodies. His music transcends borders, captivating listeners with its universal appeal.