21 September, 2020

Ali Azmat

The lead singer of the Pakistani band Junoon on returning to India and his musical ambitions.

Ali Azmat
How does it feel to perform in India?
This trip has been exceptionally memorable as the Maharaja of Patiala had invited us to play at the Heritage Festival.

What is your latest album all about?
Deewar attempts to crumble the real or imagined barriers individuals put up.

Tell us about your latest number.
Pappu Yaar is a less self-conscious side of the band. It's about the impact of Junoon in Pakistan where several clone bands have cropped up.

Sayonee to Pappu Yaar is quite a transition?
Yes, we're not unidimensional.

Are there anymore Hindi film songs on the anvil after Garaj Baras?
I'm working on the sound track of a Tanuja Chandra film and some stuff with Pooja Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt has also asked me to act in a future film.

Is India Junoon's second home?
Absolutely, there are only a few countries where we feel as much at home as India.

How do you see rock music in Southeast Asia surviving the pop onslaught?
In Pakistan, rock music...


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