A fresh underground band that has stepped into the spotlight of
the pakistani music industry. With their Excellent composition
by Xulfi, powerful voice of Junaid khan, and the outstanding management
by Khurram Jabbar Khan. They are considered to be the next big
thing Pakistan and Dubai have seen. Hence we decided to catch
up with them and see whats going on...
people, Hows it goin these days?
We are fine, rather enjoying the out come of our latest song's
video Shayad. And yeah waiting for our solo album Jilawatan's
release to go on well.
of you are from different fields and proffesions, How did you
all come together and decided to make a band?
We all belong to field of studies before and have done 4 years
of engineering, Sultan is the only one who still is a student
and will soon be completing his software engineering. The whole
thing started way back in 94 but i would like to start from the
latest. Did an audition of Junaid and found him out of this world
in 2002 and decided to kick start the band again, Xulfi being
the composer and producer decided to stay back but was fully involved
in song composing and producing of the songs. In 2004
December when the band was struggling in live performances and
instead of quality music in the recorded songs was not able to
reproduce the same due to lack of a powerful guitar attack. We
decided to get Xulfi back in the lineup for the betterment of
the band. Since then there is no stopping for us.
an Underground band, what feedback did you get by those who watched
you people perform?
Well we always get good feedback and alot of encouragement from
our live acts. Currently I am proud that we have one of the solid
bunch of guys who know how to rock.
reason for your success now-a-days is having Khurram J. Khan as
your manager. How did you hook up with him initialy?
This band belongs to Khurram J Khan as he started this band with
Xulfi and Danish way back in 94 and he is not just the manager
he is the actual force behind the band. His management has to
keep the band in the scene but its also the talent that the band
has. You cant manage a lame act to make it a success.
be honest most of us didnt know that the band call ever existed
before the release of 'Nishaan'. But since you've been in this
business for 11 years now. What major steps did you have to take
to end up being one of the most popular rock bands in Pakistan
We never thought we were one of the most popular rock bands, we
are just doing what we feel right and giving our best shot at
it. I think the success of the band has to do with the unique
vocals of Junaid and excellent composing sense of Xulfi that made
the best combination.
the fact that you expanded the genre of rock in Pakistan, what
type of feedback did you get after launching 'Nishaan' and 'Pukar'.
It was amazingly over whelming. Frankly never thought that we
will be given such a high place in the start but one thing is
clear we never let any of our fans down we have tried to give
them even better tracks and proved them that their choice of rating
us high was not wrong at all. We were enjoying it then and still
enjoying and plan to maintain our place and will give our fans
much better blend of our music.
noticed that most of your songs basically have the same dark controversial
theme, does this mean that your coming album's just based on one
single theme? or are you going to try and experiment with different
types of concepts?
Well to be exact we make our music as it comes to us. But naturally
its the dark theme you could see uptil now. We do not intend to
disclose whats in the album but it is more of something that every
one could relate him or herself to. The album is for everyone
does it feel to have won an award for the best rock song at the
second IM awards?
Amazing loved it and thanks to IM for giving us this award. I
am sure we deserved it too ;).
reason for your success is the fact that you can mesmerize the
crowd when performing live. How does it feel when your going on
stage with the feeling that everythings at stake?
Really scared, always have feeling that something bad might happen.
The current line up is quite professional with Xulfi on lead guitar,
Sultan on bass and Fahad Khan on drums and Junaid on vocals have
given us a strong and better lineup.. this is the real CALL who
actually worked for the album as well, excluding Fahad Khan who
is a session but really top class drummer.
theres been a sudden change in the bands line-up. Two Call's guitarists
have been replaced in exchange for Xulfi and got another drummer?
What happened that led to these events? You think this would not
hinder your live performance?
These changes were not sudden, really given chances to those two
guitarists specially Usman who was never worth to be in any band
he was just a beginner and he was there due to his brother Sunny
who was much better than him but was not able to give time to
the band due to his job and was actually effecting the delays
in Call's album. Therefore Xulfi was requested by Khurram and
Junaid to come back and save us. As Xulfi was already composing
and doing the studio recording and have been there with the band
so he decided to join back.
is already the lead guitarist for eP. Wouldn't that cause problems
in coordination etc.?
No both bands are under the same management so there is no issue
studio are you recording your album from, and when is it due to
Xth Harmonic - Xulfis Studio where else.
do you think of the songs you've already launched. Are you completely
satisfied with them?
We are redoing Nishaan and Kash, rest will be the ones which everyone
would hear for the first time as studio recording,
your view on the present situation in the Pakistani music Industry?
Going on good and we hope this goes on the same way. Muscians
are getting some respect now.
of the videos Xulfi is producing these days are completely based
on concepts, take Shayad for example, do you think the public
is ready for such videos?
Well public might not be but i guess its our duty to bring up
to the level where they should start accepting videos like this.
If we forget about responsibility to bring the change then the
industry will become stagnant..May be the next video wont be so
concept base then lets see whats coming up.
can you summarise your band in one word?
composing a whole album there are other people as well who contribute
in various factors. Could you cast a little light on them?
Yeah so many people contribute to an album, its our parents and
loved ones and friends and all.
final Comments for UMR?
Getting better ;) and have started reacting fast to get things
on their website. We will be looking forward for more better relationship
people you would like to thank?
Every one who have been a part with us. specially fans