Khaliq’s musical beginnings commenced with his initial meeting with legendary producer Gavin Monaghan of Magic Garden Recording Studio; leading to a deal with the iconic Tony Wilson of Factory Too Records and the joining in forces of Derek Ryder (Happy Mondays’ Management) and Coe Khaliq.
Following the signing of his record deal in 1996, debut album ‘Asian Man’ was created; produced by Ged Lynch and Martin Slattery of Black grape. Khaliq reflects on many memorable days recording at UB40’s international studios and has recently received the original tapes along with the rights to the music; following its display in a Tony Wilson exhibition within Manchester Science Museum. The album now stands as a stunning piece of musical history; to one day be resurrected.
Whilst gaining valuable life and industry experience whilst constantly refining his art, Khaliq experienced many highs and lows; surviving near fatal electrocution during a show, a life changing illness and the collapse of Factory Too Records. Khaliq made the decision to continue creating his music, releasing it under his self-made label ‘Magic Carpet Records’.
Khaliq’s versatility in creating music allows his sounds to be performed acoustically and with a full band backing. His live shows are woven with stories of his experiences and inspirations, whisking his audiences away into the moments he tells tales of both verbally and through his audible crafts. Backed by a talented quartet which includes: Bassist- Cornelius Wynter (formerly Musical Youth), Saxophonist- Sam Rogers, Drummer- Miki Fergusan and Guitarist- Ian Silk.
Continuing to work closely with musical guru Gavin Monaghan and collaborating with icons from across the globe, Khaliq is set to release a whole new catalogue of music in 2017. The initial releases being two tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Songbird Looking For A Rainbow’ which features Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller, Ash Sheehan of The Twang/Dead Sea Skulls, Kermit of Black Grape along with many more industry figures; making for an unmissable album of true magic.
Khaliq has recently signed a record deal with West Midlands based independent record label, Strawberry Moon Records, who will be publishing all future releases and unveiling music from Khaliq’s beginnings. Forthcoming plans include the return of his Factory Too Records gem. Deriving from Manchester, the heart of UK music, this unearthed album is a collection of musical antiquities set to ignite the passion of music lovers worldwide