After playing foot-tapping numbers like
, internationally acclaimed Pakistani pop band Strings has been crooning a different tune.
Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga
, a collaboration between Strings and popular singer Atif Aslam is the new anthem in Pakistan. The band has recently dedicated the song to Azme Alishan - a patriotic movement in Pakistan to inspire the youth to bring a change and to stand up for peace. Here's lead vocalist Faisal Kapadia from Strings in an exclusive chat with
HT: You recently dedicated a song to Azme Alishan. What message do you want to spread?
When we made the song, we completely believed in it and the idea was to spread the message of peace and love. Azme Alishan's idea is to inspire the youth to be optimistic about the fate of our country, live in harmony and not just be spectators. Our song was completely in sync with their ideology, so we decided to join hands and spread the message together.
HT: You have been trying to portay the real and good side of Pakistan through your music. Tell us what Pakistan is all about.
Since 9/11, things have changed a lot for Pakistan. Today, the world has a very negative image about Pakistan and our idea is to change that. All we want to say through our music is that there are people in Pakistan who want peace - we are suffering right now, there's a 9/11 happenening in Pakistan almost every week, we are affected either because of floods or terrorism. We want to inspire the youth through our music and spread love.
HT: Has it been difficult for you to get an opportunity to perform in India post 26/11?
Yes, it has affected us a lot. We have several requests every month to perform in India but visa clearance is almost impossible now. It takes atleast 3 months to get the visa cleared unlike before. It's unfortunate that the political climate has not even spared music.
HT: You recently said in an interview, 'India is like our second home'. Comment.
Faisal: Absolutely, India is indeed like our second home. Ever since we released our third album Duur, we have been visiting India very often. It's just like Pakistan - we speak the same language, we eat the same kind of food, the culture is also very similar - so it's easy to feel at home in India. We have performed several times in India and people there love our music, there's no doubt that we can relate to India the most.
HT: You collaborated with Atif Aslam for Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga. Any other collaborations in the pipeline?
Faisal: Collaborations just happen, you never plan them. We thought of Atif because he's a brilliant musician and we wanted to spread the same message. We have also colloborated with several other musicians like Euphoria and Hari Haran in the past and it has always been a success.
HT: Would you also like to explore any other genre of music?
Faisal: It all depends on the mood. Our genre is pop/rock but we certainly don't rule out the option of exploring something new.
HT: Are you working on any new album?
Faisal: We are working on a few more singles and motivational songs. We believe that it's important to be optimistic in the current political climate. So, we are trying to spread optimism though our music.
HT: Would you also like to venture into acting?
Faisal: Zinda was our first Bollywood project and we had a great time working on it. However, me and Bilal (Maqsood, guitarist/composer) want to focus on music. We are are happy being musicians and wouldn't really be interested to venture into acting.