Aha Moment: Led Zeppelin "IV"

Email a Friend
Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page center stage

Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC, with two brothers and Kashmiri immigrant parents. His father is a doctor, and the family had expectations of equally “respectable” professions for the boys. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Mubashir had no idea, and sometimes resorted to lying. 

At age 13, while visiting relatives in Kashmir, he found a copy of Led Zeppelin "IV" in a shop in a drawer of dusty cassettes. It was the first time he had discovered and bought music on his own, and the album became an obsession. “It was a mystical experience,” he remembers. “I knew right then and there that I had to pursue music.” This life decision, which seemed so natural to him, was a source of utter bafflement to his family. 

Led Zeppelin — and Jimmy Page’s guitar playing in particular — inspired Mubashir (who now goes by Din) to pick up a guitar, write his own songs, and ultimately form the band Zerobridge, named for an actual location in Kashmir. His brother Mohsin is the drummer, with guitarist/producer JP Bowersock and Greg Eckelman on bass. 

Din’s relatives still had trouble taking his dedication to music seriously — until Zerobridge did a tour in Kashmir, which finally gave him and Mohsin the chance to perform in front of their family members. “The songs I’m playing aren’t sung in Kashmiri,” he says, “but there was definitely a connection. They loved it so much. I felt vindicated.”

Produced by Anne Pope.

Music Playlist

  1. Bring da Ruckus

    Artist: El Michaels Affair
    Album: Enter The 37th Chamber
    Label: Fat Beats
  2. Black Dog

    Artist: Led Zeppelin
    Album: Led Zeppelin IV
    Label: Atlantic Records
  3. I Won't Let You

    Artist: Zerobridge
    Album: Big Songs for Small Spaces 
    Label: Zerobridge
  4. Dirty Apple

    Artist: Zerobridge
    Album: Big Songs for Small Spaces 
    Label: Zerobridge
  5. Kashmir

    Artist: Led Zeppelin
    Album: Physical Graffiti
    Label: Atlantic Records