Adnan Malik Talks About His Profession, Upcoming Projects & Coke Studio [Interview]

July 5, 2012

By Hasan Faridi

Adnan Malik may not always be in the limelight, but he’s definitely one of the people who brings things into the light. He is the director of AMP, a Video Producer at Pakistan’s renowned music platform Coke Studio, a television host/model and an Asia Society Young Leader of the World.

I got the chance to interview him and ask him about his profession, his work at Coke Studio, and his current (and upcoming) projects.

Lineup of Coke Studio Season 3 (Complete)

May 15, 2010

See All Coke Studio Season 3 Pictures

A rich fusion of culture, tradition and history, Pakistani music is derived from diverse elements and various musical influences. Within this dynamic musical environment, Coke Studio has emerged as a musical fusion platform of exciting elements and influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music coming together to form a distinctive Pakistani sound. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which seeks to bridge barriers, celebrate diversity, encourage unity and instil a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is indeed an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

Join the Coke Studio journey, as we broaden our horizons to encompass a wider circle — an expanding sphere of diversity, culture and tradition. Central to our third edition is the need to explore the intricacies of inspiration, creation and evolution, and to discover how the elements of reason, will, resolve and form come together and culminate in the realization of dreams and goals. True to the desire to retain and revere individuality, Coke Studio’s wings span the entire breadth and length of our soil: from the rugged custodians of the Sufic tradition to suave urbane men and women, from indigenous ballads to universal kalams. This season as the wheel rotates, a growing palette of unique colors, flavors and sounds come together and contribute to enrich the Coke Studio circle. Come and be a part of the sea change as once again we connect distinct and varied styles, ethnicities and identities and link them with that one common denominator — Music.

Featured Artists:

Abida Parveen
Amanat Ali
Arieb Azhar
Arif Lohar
Aunty Disco Project (A.D.P)
Entity Paradigm (E.P)
Fakir Juman Shah
Meesha Shafi (Overload)
Noori (with parents Ali Kazim and Noor Zehra Kazim)
Rizwan and Muazzam
Sanam Marvi
Tina Sani
Zeb & Haniya

House Band:

Ali Zafar – Hotstepper of the week

August 9, 2009

Ali Zafar

From his days of ‘Channo’ to the years of ‘Masty’, Ali Zafar has come a long way. He was the one of the big stars of Coke Studio last year but it was his rendition of ‘Allah Hoo’ with Saeen Tufail Ahmed that changed the game for him. It proved one fact: Ali Zafar is capable of a lot more than funky, flirtatious pop music.

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.

Saieen Zahoor – Hotstepper of the week

July 9, 2009

He has been written about umpteen times. With Coke Studio running on airwaves consistently with new episodes, Saieen Zahoor is back in the national spotlight and we couldn’t be more pleased.

Despite being 72, Saieen Zahoor is going as strong and remains as graceful as ever. At Coke Studio this year, he spun ecstasy with his voice that needs no gradual crescendo.
The variation and range in his voice is as glorious as the man himself.

Ali Zafar – We have to explore our roots and it can be done via music

June 26, 2009

Ali-Zafar“We have to explore our roots and it can be done via music.” – Ali Zafar

These days Ali Zafar has been busy. But it isn’t just music that is taking his time. Ali is exploring Eastern music and reading up on Sufism. The hint of this influence was first felt last year when Ali Zafar belted out a rendition of ‘Allah Hoo’ at Coke Studio first season. This time the echoes are more poignant as Ali sings once more on the second season of Coke Studio later this week.