The Pakistani music industry is changing its dynamic almost on a daily basis. As we go through this epic and somewhat swift transition many bands have made their mark and instilled their identities in the hearts of their fans. One such music sensation is the band Kashmir that has taken the industry by storm. The six-man band made stunned the Pakistanis with their epic performances in the return of the Pepsi Battle of The Bands, winning the competition with majestic flair.
Having given a glimpse of what is yet to come, Kashmir has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. To have a few of our questions answered, the team at Orange Ink sat with the boys.
How did you guys end up choosing Kashmir as your band name? What’s the story behind it?
The name that we originally had was very complicated and was difficult for people to pronounce. Therefore, we knew we had to change it sooner rather than later. One day we were recording a song called ‘Rani e Kashmir’, it was then when we finally decided to name the band ‘Kashmir’.
How long have you all known each other and who discovered that all of you could be one band?
Even before we collectively became Kashmir, we were all really good friends who loved to play music together. Nobody in particular decided that we should form an actual band. Things started to gel between us and before we knew it we were already a band. So we’d say that process was very natural; something that doesn’t happen often.
Who have been your major influences in the music industry?
Honestly, all of us listen to all types of musicians and that is where we pick up fairly quickly. Listening to all forms of music helps all of us learn better which eventually helps in the composition of the songs.
How was the Pepsi BOB experience and how did it groom you?
Pepsi Battle of The Bands has been the highlight of our journey so far. It gave us great exposure and the critiques of the judges really helped us grow individually as well as a band.
Would you term Pepsi BOB as the turning point in all of your lives?
Definitely, without Pepsi we would not have been able to make it this far this quickly.
Elaborate on how the band felt collectively after winning the Pepsi BOB.
The feeling was surreal to be honest. There’s really no way to describe it. It was amazing and unexpected at the same time. But what matters the most that it was also very motivating to know that people liked and supported our music.
Who is the mastermind behind the lyrics of your songs? And who composes them eventually?
Bilal comes up with all the lyrics and we all then sit together arrange the song and give it proper shape.
How have you all, as a band, been able to evolve your music ever since the first time you played together?
There is a common saying that practice makes a man perfect. Honestly, we feel that it is very true. All through the years, we have learned from our mistakes and we are still learning and yes we have definitely improved and gelled together well as a unit.
What’s the ultimate goal that Kashmir aims to achieve from their music?
We like to take things slow, one step at a time. At the moment we are just focusing on making more music that we love, and we hope the audience loves it too.
What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you since Pepsi battle of the bands? Be it at any event, concert, generally?
Lahore Music Meet 18 was one of the best shows we have ever played so far with an audience of 3000+ people.
Which song would you consider as the band’s personal favorite?
We love all songs equally and we believe every song has its own unique identity.
In terms of new songs, are the fans in for a treat any time soon?
Yes we have tons of new stuff coming your way so please sit tight and hope for the best!
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