Alan Rickman famously said that talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility. Every time I think of this, one Pakistani family keeps coming to mind.
It seems as if they have internalized this adage as they not only have copious amounts of natural talent but also the Pakistani discipline and hard work that's required to go with it too. I'm talking about the Mahmood and Khan family. Theirs is a story of ambition, support and success.
This Pakistani immigrant family's journey started in Rawalpindi when Lall Khan, the grandfather migrated to Bolton in 1968. Little did he know that his grand- children will become the face of British Pakistani role models to an entire generation. A boxer, a cricketer and now a singer - they seem to have it all.
If you're still clueless, don't worry most people don't know. Very few people realize that the celebrated lightweight boxer Amir Khan and the English right arm bowler Sajid Mahmood are first cousins and their fathers Shahid Mahmood and Shajaad Khan brothers. Now these proud father and elite sportsmen have something new to look forward to - a brother who is trying to break into the music industry.
Meet 27-year-old Khalid who released his debut single 'Dance with Khal Skillz' in Bolton last year. Up till now, he's been helping out his dad in his company Sports Corporation providing sports hospitality packages.
"He was always into Bollywood and he's always loved his music and films," says Sajid. "It's just that he hadn't gone out there and done it till now but I think he did a pretty decent job for a first timer."
When I ask Khalid what took him so long to come to music he explains that he always wanted to sing but last year when his good friends Maz and Ziggy from Bonafide invited him on stage to sing with them during a performance, it just set the ball rolling.
“They just gave me the mic and told me to sing with them. My family was there and it really boosted my confidence. It was just the catalyst I was looking for.”
But what really perturbed me was how he thought he had a real chance in the industry after starting out so late but Khalid hardly seemed to be bothered about that.
“Maz and Ziggy just started a few years ago and they're not much older than me so I don't see why I can't make it,” he retorted back trying to set the record straight.
“The start is always pretty slow in the Asian music industry as we all know but as long as it is something you love it doesn't really matter what it is and when you start,” interjected Sajid.
I'm not sure if Sajid is aware that everybody is noticing how new acts in the UK desi music scene are doing anything to make a quick buck with cheap videos and recycled music. It has been killing the vibe for listeners for some time and the industry “clean up” is about to happen soon.
Khalid made his debut at a charity event in Bolton. I thought he chose the venue because it's his hometown but he honestly clarifies, “I just did it there because the promoter was from Oldham and my dad was organizing the event. To be honest I wasn't really bothered where I performed.”
When we talk about the lyrics and music he explains even more candidly that he simply chose this genre because it's fast moving nature usually gets the public going. “I wrote my own song even though I wasn't very confident but people write songs and charge 400 pounds so I thought why not write your own and just save a bit of money."
He was due to perform with Atif Aslam earlier this year in Manchester but he sheepishly admits that he couldn't do so because of ill health. His reply makes me a little wary - who would pass by the opportunity of sharing the same stage on the same night with the king of the sub-continent's pop music scene who has a huge fan following in the Pakistani and Indian community in UK too.
Khalid will soon be releasing his second single titled 'Ajaa Merey Naal' which he says will be 'different' from the first one as it has longer lyrics. But what really confirms that he's new to the industry and learning the ropes is when he unscrupulously admits that his younger brother Rakib 'helped him with the English'.
"Las Vegas is the next stop," he says confiding the place where he wants to shoot his next single. And when I ask him the reason, it's as simple as, “The weather is much better there and I'd like to feature the skyscrapers. That'd be cool!”
But the plans to go to Las Vegas have been postponed because Amir's fight with Lamont Peterson has been put off. He says that he's really close to Amir which is why he goes to all of his fights and would be too gutted to miss this one so he's changed his plans too. "It's like killing two birds with one stone,” he clarifies.
What keeps coming to my mind is that he must be in extreme awe of his elder brother and younger cousin and maybe he's come towards music to find the same recognition that they have. But Sajid who is a veteran in these kinds of interviews is quick to rescue his brother. “I don't think we've overshadowed his career but I'm sure we've been an inspiration like we have to millions of others. But I guess he'd like to be in the public eye too. "
Dance with Khal Skillz is available on Itunes. You can follow him on Twitter @khalskillz or join him on Facebook