Asad Ahmed, the guitar maestro is the founding member, of the now disbanded rock band Karavan. He has been a member of the famous pop trio Awaz, and has played with Vital Signs and Junoon. He started his career in 1987 with a band called The Barbarians. He has contributed his guitar work and compositions to albums by Ali Haider, Vital Signs, Najam Sheraz, Haroon, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sajjad Ali to name a few and is now a regular guitar player in the sessions held by Coke Studio. Ahmed has also played the guitars for Ali Zafar’s upcoming film London Paris New York.
The maestro, has now chosen a path of his own and news has it that he is releasing his own solo album, which is still unnamed. The album will not entirely consist of instrumentals but will comprise of songs arranged, composed, and produced by Ahmed himself. As he said while talking to ET:
“Guitar solos or shredding is something that I would have loved to do if I was 16 but not at this point in time. I don’t want to do the whole guitar hero thing again. I think, for me, it has always been more about the songs than guitar solos.”
The album will also contain the contributions of guest vocalists, whose names have not been disclosed yet. The album will have 10 English songs – seven tracks being sung by the Asad Ahmed himself and the rest by the guest vocalists. The reason for having English tracks in his album is to target the European market.
“I plan to explore the foreign market hence all the songs on the album are in English,” says the musician.
Ahmed also guarantees that the sound of the songs will be something different and much more meaningful by saying, “Karavan was rock music tailor-made for Pakistani audience but now I want to go beyond that.”
Here’s wishing the maestro luck with his album with hopes of listening to quality music and something different. Ahmed also has a video blog, which keeps his fan updated with his upcoming music.