Ali Azmat – “It is not a love a song. It’s a conversation with oneself.”

August 24, 2009

Ali-AzmatAmidst concerts and a television show – Iqbal Ka Pakistan – and personal loss, Ali Azmat has been AWOL. Even though he released the videos for ‘Gallan’ and ‘Tanha Hai Kyun’, Ali Azmat’s presence has been minimal as far as promoting his record, Klashinfolk goes. But then, marketing has never been Ali’s strongest suit. Now he’s back or so we hope…

The bounce back comes with music and the new video from Ali Azmat, ‘Tera Mera’ that is currently running on airwaves as well as circulating in the infinite world of cyberspace.

Gumby – Hotstepper of the week

August 23, 2009

GumbyPakistan’s drummer par extraordinaire – John Louis ‘Gumby’ Pinto – has been one of Pakistan’s most renowned musicians for decades now. Gumby, who has played with almost every musical act in Pakistan, from Vital Signs and Junoon to Noori and the Mekaal Hasan Band and the past two seasons of Coke Studio, has emerged as the music industry’s biggest voice. After all, Gumby has kept the concert scene alive in Karachi despite the precarious security situation, by organizing gigs with the Kolachi Quartet and the Munchkins, and recently, with a line-up featuring the likes of Aamir Zaki and Omran Shafique. Gumby says these small concerts – that are packed with energy and bring out true fans to the venues – are the ones he enjoys most, but he takes as much pride in his work with Coke Studio.

Harry Potter and the magical tunes of Pakistani pop!

August 5, 2009

Harry Potter and the magical tunes of Pakistani pop!
With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the story of the ‘boy who lived’ is still ongoing amidst global fanfare.
Instep spoofs Harry Potter with the local pop music industry…

By Maheen Sabeeh and Saba Imtiaz

Atif Aslam as Harry Potter

Harry Potter has uncontrollable hair and a lightening shaped scar – and is the ‘Chosen One’ – who will defeat the Dark Lord and restore order to the magical world.

Gumby’s Blog Entry – Music is Serious Business

August 4, 2009

Music is Serious Business
I’ve roughly been around this industry for about two decades and I sense deterioration in every possible way. Some come in the form of financials while others in form of jealousy and hatred.

As children we are often given advice from our parents about following dreams and goals. But as we grow do we really keep that advice or are we constantly looking for shortcuts or win the lottery? A starting point to achievement has two parts to it, one is to discuss ideas and the second is to focus on executing them.

Gumby’s Blog Entry – Drumming and beyond

August 4, 2009

Drumming and beyond
Somehow there never seems to be a perfect ingredient when it comes to performing. You either have sound or then instrument blues. I always say to hell with technology. Make the most of what you have. So here are a few ingredients which when combined, should enhance your performance on and off stage.

Ingredient 1
You need to know what your instrument can really do, then try playing something simple, or maybe playing along with your favourite song.

Five musicians heading for the top

July 26, 2009

There are always iconic musicians to every era who put professionalism in an energetic new light, here’s Instep’s list of five people who will define the decade in terms of presence.

Ali Hamza (Musician)
From singing with his brother Ali Noor to strumming the banjo for Ali Zafar and Saieen Zahoor at Coke Studio, this year has been the comeback of Noori and the spotlight is now on Ali Hamza. His voice has an unmistakable signature and with time Ali Hamza has proven that not only is he a fantastic singer but he is also versatile enough to carry ‘Jo Meray’ and ‘Aik Alif’ with distinct style. Fans of Noori have always wanted to see more of Ali Hamza and 2009 has made all their dreams come true!