“I feel like a criminal in my own country”
I studied art, but I learned to play the guitar and to sing on my own. I was encouraged to make a music video by one of my trusted friends, who is a photographer and a director. He produced my two first videos for the songs “Solitude” and “Our Love.” After the first one was released online, I got so much support from fans that I decided to keep going, despite the risks and hardships.Music video for the song "Tars" by 3P.The cost of producing work, arranging songs and making video clips is quite high. I don’t make any money from my music – in fact I spend a lot of money! Working anonymously, it is very difficult to find trustworthy people to work with and even harder to find financing, since you can’t just go talk to potential investors. Music is my career but if I continue like this, I will end up running into financial problems and have to stop."If I can, I will go abroad where I will be able to show my face and reveal my identity"But the burden is not just financial – I am constantly worried that I may run into problems with the intelligence services. If they find out who I am, I’m afraid they could, for example, bar me from leaving Iran. I feel like a criminal in my own country. If I get the opportunity – and have the means – to leave, I will do so, as I would like to show my face and reveal my identity soon.I think that anonymous music videos like mine and those of other Iranian singers are interesting to people because they are new, but that after a while, it will become boring. But for now, unless the laws in Iran change, we have no other option than to continue working like this.