Top 10 Don’ts For Pakistani Artists

November 28, 2012

By Hasan Faridi

This list is not aimed merely for Pakistani musicians, but for musicians, artists and performers all around the world. Here’s a list of things that artists and bands should avoid before trying to make a name for themselves.

10. Think everything’s easy

A lot of upcoming artists think getting into the music industry is easy. All you need is a guitar, good looks and a computer. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you think. It takes effort, time and passion to make it big.

Mr Justin thinks: “Mein aik gaana likoonga. Mein baby baby baby gaoonga aur mein famous manoonga.”

Then again, sometimes if you write rubbish, you can still make it big. Like Mr Justin here.

Ali Zafar at the launch of Exchange for Change 2012-2013 (Pictures)

November 22, 2012

Roots launched the Exchange for Change [EFC] pilot project as an interactive initiative linking 2400 school students from 10 schools across Delhi, Mumbai, Lahore and Karachi. The project aimed to help students in both countries realize that a sustained dialogue is possible and to enable a clearer understanding of their shared history, culture and lifestyles. During the 16-month life of the project, a continuous exchange of letters, postcards, photographs, oral histories and a final physical exchange – visits to Delhi and Lahore, helped to dispel misinformation about historical events and encouraged students to form their own opinions.

Basement gets Alive

As many of you would relate to me, life in an engineering school gets more and more tough and exhausting as the semester approaches the mid. Any extra curricular activity during it really releases your work tensions, but of course for a very short period of time.

Few days back, I got a call from Nestle and they invited me to an event which was basically a live concert of Nescafe Basement showcasing the whole new younger lot of Pakistani music scene mentored by Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan a.k.a Xulfi.

The Battle of Sur (Kshetra)

October 13, 2012

Any sort of competition between Pakistan and India has always got an extra appeal to it. Pakistan and India have fought more than 3 wars in past half a century which truly justifies the hype surrounding any affair of the two nations. The cricket rivalry among the two nations is considered to be one of the most strained one in any sport around the world. But at the end of the day, Pakistani stars have their own charisma and demand in the Indian crowd and there is no anomaly to it when it comes to the singing arena.

What is brewing in the Basement?

September 22, 2012

With the advent of Coke Studio, we were introduced to a whole brand new idea of presenting the musical acts which instantly got popularized with the audience. It was the element of ‘renewal’ which made even old songs, a treat to listen. More over due to the uncertain security conditions prevailing around the country, the number of live concerts has ceased to a considerable low amount and this has paved way to the opening of other alternative live platforms or sessions where artists can experiment with their own sound and the audience too can have the taste and chance to catch up with the live and un-plugged performances of their favorite stars by merely sitting in front of internet or TV screens.

T20 World Cup 2012 – Pepsi Pakistan

September 17, 2012

People still remember the celebrations three years ago, when the entire city came out to the streets chanting with merriment in glory of the green team and their achievement. The World Cup Imran Khan brought to Pakistan was no longer the only one; Younis Khan led the green team to a magnanimous victory and hence to win another World Cup.

Lay’s Gives Fans a Chance to Watch the T20 World Cup Live, with Ali Zafar

September 17, 2012

Cricket, the sport of the country – where the national team is highly looked up to, and the national team members are treated as super heroes. Regardless of the ups and downs during World Cup’s, T20’s, test matches and other tournaments, the country has always supported the team and the sport.

Keeping in mind the current situation of the economy, the energy crisis, and other problems for the earning man/woman, all is forgotten, whenever a cricket tournament is about to begin. Where everyone is busy looking for the Pakistani flag amongst all the teams registered. Especially now, with the T20 World Cup right around the corner, everyone is up and busy counting the days, getting ready with their face paint, their jerseys and of course a place to watch the matches together with their friends/family.

10 Promotion Tips For Pakistani Musicians

September 12, 2012

Musicians face many challenges in the world today. But the ability to promote your music is one of the most important skills you can have if you want to stay ahead of the game. This article will give you 10 tips on how to promote your work to the masses.

1. Utilise social media

Without a doubt, the Internet is now the number one technique to reach out to the masses. It’s easy to use and most of all, effective. It helps you promote your work, engage with the audience, and build a community.

Make a Facebook Page, make a Twitter account, invite people and share your work.

Atif Aslam – The Wonder Boy!

August 11, 2012

By Ahmad Uzair

Atif Aslam! Whether you love him or hate him, you adore his nasal vocals or you abhor his drunk-looking eyes, but one thing is for sure that you just can’t deny the status attained by him as one of the major pop icons of sub-continent from our generation. And he keeps on proving this point time and again. Just when you think that he is gone with the wind, he hits back with yet another track and every time a bigger hit than before. There is that particular aura of his personality that either you love him too much or just hate him to death. There is simply no middle way to it.

From band to disband

July 17, 2012

This is something every one of us can relate to. Through out our educational career, in school, colleges and even in universities, we often come across people dreaming of becoming singers, forming bands, and fantasizing themselves to be rock stars on stage. And many a times they pick up guitars and devote their whole lives in pursuit of their dreams. In fact quite a few make it to the top. Others live on their dreams. But band formation is not really a rocket science.

A bunch of young lads with similar music aspirations getting together and jamming probably at anyone’s basement.