Adil Omar to work with Fredwreck for his debut album

Adil Omar with FredWreck

Adil Omar with FredWreckPakistan’s most prominent rapper, Adil Omar will be collaborating with the award winning producer Farid Karam Nassar, better known as FredWreck. They both will be working on Adil Omar’s untitled debut album (coming in 2012).

According to Adil, FredWreck will be producing a track or two for his debut album, one with a special surprise guest.

FredWreck is a record producer from Los Angeles, California who got his big break when he became a producer for Dr. Dre’s newly founded Aftermath Records label and worked on his multi-platinum selling album ‘The Chronic 2001’, and went on to work with Snoop Dogg’s record label Dogghouse Records (now Doggystyle Records) and became a known producer on Tha Dogg Pound-affiliated material.

Instep Interview: Hammad Khan, Director Slackistan

Slackistan: A new look at Islamabad,

indie music and individuality
Instep Today speaks to Hammad Khan,
the director of the upcoming film Slackistan

Saba Imtiaz

Slackistan-1The Slackistan trailer has been discussed and dissected widely. The story of young adults trying to discover themselves in a rapidly changing Islamabad has garnered a lot of interest in Pakistan and abroad. Directed by the London-based Pakistani filmmaker Hammad Khan, Slackistan may just be the most relevant film for young people who find themselves searching for their identity in the socio-political climate.  Instep Today speaks with the filmmaker…

Danial Hyatt Continues What Rohail Hyatt Started

We all know about the legend Rohail Hyatt for the services he has provided to the music industry of Pakistan since the times of Vital Signs. The Vital Signs which gave us one of the best patriotic songs of the world, Dil Dil Pakistan (ranked 3rd in BBC Top ten list) and Rohail Hyatt which gave us Coke Studio, another reason to be proud of Pakistan. The son, Danial Hyatt continues what Rohail had started. We had seen Danial Hyatt doing the animations and visuals for Coke Studio but this is the first time the music by Danial is coming out and that too for Pakistan. Slackistan is a film by Hammad Khan & Shandana Ayub to  revive the image of Pakistan. The film will be featuring tracks by Mole, Kominas, Adil Omar and Uzair Jaswal. OST of the movie is going to be “Pink Moving Objects” by Mole, a band by Danial Hyatt, Faizan Riedinger, Amman Mushtaq and Habib. The track is amazing and goes to one of my all time favorite tracks. I am trying to get the track for you folks really soon. read more

Never mind the Taliban – Pakistan’s youth put their faith in rock’n’roll

Country’s internal turmoil is feeding underground music scene and popular guitar school

Declan Walsh in Lahore
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 1 September 2009 22.29 BST
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Wannabe rock stars have it tough in Pakistan. Last month a new band, Poor Rich Boy (and the toothless winos), took to the stage of a cramped Islamabad cafe for their breakthrough gig. On the first night, one person turned up.

“It was the night of the world cricket finals. Bad timing,” said the group’s guitarist, Zain Ahsan, ruefully. The second gig was better – 30 people came along – but brought its own dark worries.

“I asked the owner, ‘What if a bomb goes off?'” said Ahsan. “She said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be with you.'”

Even in a summer of Taliban violence young Pakistanis are rocking on. An underground music scene is quietly thriving in the country’s major cities, nourished by the internet and the passion of mostly amateur bands.

In Lahore a pair of unemployed rockers have tapped into that enthusiasm with a new school for rock’n’roll.

“We weren’t getting a lot of gigs, an