Pakistanis are people that know their music and are mature listeners as compared to India who are mostly driven by Bollywood music, the band Josh told Daily Times in an interview on Tuesday during their brief stay in the city. The band members, Rupinder Magon and Qurram Hussain are in Pakistan to release their album ‘Beyond Kismat’ which is being sponsored by an international fast food chain. When asked why they choose Pakistan to release their album when they could have done so anywhere in the world, they replied that Pakistanis are addicted to good lyrics and rhythm. “They certainly know pop music and appreciate it to the maximum level. The people at the concerts know the lyrics to our songs,” they said.
It’s an honour for any musician when the audience is able to sing your song when you put the microphone in their direction. And we have gotten that response here which compelled us to release our album from here, said Rupinder. Their album would be released on May 30, worldwide, whereas a copy would be given for free at fast food outlets against a purchase of their product. The album consists of eight songs, which are composed, sung and programmed by Q and Rup. “Frankly, we are excited about the launch as the album would be released simultaneously in India, Europe, America and Canada. But we are here before our album’s launch because this place (Pakistan) has an encouraging vibe regarding music.” Rup and Q, are both from Montreal, Canada where they grew up listening to all sorts of music and later on starting experimenting in different genres. Commenting on the title of their new album ‘Beyond Kismat’, they said that their belief is that life is shaped by our daily actions and an individual should not wait for an opportunity, rather they should create it. “Humans have the power to do things on their own rather than to wait for things to happen and that is the reason we chose this title,” they said. Moreover, they said that fans should purchase the album of their favourite artist because the musicians work hard on it. “We also sweat during our work and it does not feel good knowing that your songs are being downloaded for free from the Internet. We are also fans of other musicians and we pay for their music so that the artist also gets something for their work”, they said. The R&B duo is a fan of Awaaz, Junoon, Strings, Ahmed Jahanzaib, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and several others. “We got a very optimistic response when we first came to Pakistan in 2003. The best thing about the people here is that they love music and don’t differentiate between nationalities. Their warm response has always compelled us to visit this place again.