“That was never what I was after,” he says. “I will always cherish that time but I fell into that world because, frankly, I wasn't brave enough to commit to music itself. I lived adjacent; a textbook example of a 'shadow career', but all that's changed."
After a decade of supporting artists, the time had come to step out of that shadow and carve his own path.
"As far as we know, this is the only life we have... I'd rather take a chance and fall on my face saying 'oh well' than asking 'what if' for the rest of my life."
Hisham adopted the name Rizik, which loosely translates to the Arabic word for "blessing", as a way to commemorate his new path forward.
“Rizik serves as a reminder to me, and hopefully others, to fully embrace an innate ability that makes you feel complete," he says. "This has been a cathartic endeavor and hopefully it can serve as a ray of light to anyone stuck in the shadows of their own self-doubt."