Asad Ahmed

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Asad Ahmed (Urdu: اسد احمد‎)
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Asad with his Minarik Shattered Mirror Inferno
Background information
Birth name Asad Ahmed
Born (1971-07-21) 21 July 1971 (age 46)
Origin Karachi, Pakistan
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Entrepreneur
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1988 – present
Associated acts Karavan
Awaz
Vital Signs
Website http://www.asadahmed.com

Asad Ahmed (born 21 July 1971 in Karachi) is a Pakistani guitarist. His first stint was forming The Barbarians. He has been a member of the famous pop trio Awaz, has played with Junoon, Vital Signs and was a founding member of the rock band Karavan. He is currently a Solo Artist.

Early life[edit]

His family moved to Dubai when he was quite young. His elder brother was a guitarist and when he left for college, he left his guitar back at home. Asad picked it up and quickly learnt to play. His family returned to Karachi in 1984.

Music career[edit]

Coke Studio[edit]

Asad also played in Coke Studio (Produced by Rohail Hyatt) and was one of the house band members from season 2 to season 6.

The Barbarians[edit]

Asad started his music career in 1987 with The Barbarians,[1] which is regarded by many as Pakistan's first rock band.[2] The band's first single "Yeh Zindagi Hai" (This is Life) set the foundation of Pakistani rock. They got their first big break when The Barbarians participated in "Rock vs. Rock" show at the Taj Mahal (Agrah, India) and won a prize of 20,000 Rupees. They released their only album, the self-titled "The Barbarians" in 1989, which did not fare well in the then rock-repellant Pakistani music industry. The Barbarians fell apart in 1990.

Junoon and Vital Signs[edit]

Asad did a gig with Salman Ahmad of Junoon at a party in 1991. On Salman's invitation, he hopped on board with Junoon and played bass with them for about a year. In a performance at Marriott Islamabad in November 1992, he met Haroon and Faakhir of Awaz and Rohail Hyatt of Vital Signs. This led to his performances on Vital Signs' Aitebar and Hum Tum .

Awaz[edit]

Awaz was formed in December 1992, by Haroon, Faakhir and Asad. The band went on to become the next best thing in Pakistani pop scene after Vital Signs. Awaz were highly skilled and talented musicians, producers and composers. The band's skill at composing and producing was often overlooked and the focus was on their good looks, glossy videos, catch songs and wild stage performances. Awaz was the first band from Pakistan to appear on MTV on 20 April 1992 with the song Janeman. Awaz released three albums. The first album was the self-titled album Awaz, more commonly known as Awaz 1. The second album was Jadu Ka Chiraagh and the third and last album was Shola. After Shola, the band fell apart due to the differences among the three and they went their ways. Haroon and Faakhir started their solo careers.

Karavan[edit]

In 1997, foreseeing a disintegrating Awaz, Asad established his own studio. Simultaneously, he joined hands with Sameer Ahmed to form Karavan, thus returning to his rock origins. They brought the already established solo singer Najam Sheraz as the first vocalist and Alan Smith as drummer to complete the line-up. In 1999, Najam Shiraz returned to his solo career, vacating the vocalist's slot for newcomer Tanseer Daar. Karavan released Rakh Aas in 1997, Safar in 1999 and Gardish in 2002. In 2005, The band issued an internet only Unplugged album which had over 100,000 downloads. Karavan released their fourth and final studio album, Saara Jahan in 2010. The band broke up in 2012.

Solo[edit]

Over the years, Asad has done extensive session work contributing his guitar work and compositions to albums by Vital Signs, Ali Zafar, Haroon, Sajjad Ali and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to name a few. In 2017 he released Rebirth his first solo album. Animal was released as the first single and got heavy airplay on radio and TV. On August 14th he also released a guitar rendition of the Pakistani National Anthem.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reflections – Profile: Assad Ahmed". PakiPop.com. Archived from the original on 19 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ "The Pioneers of Rock Music in Pakistan". RAW.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Rebirth is me shedding my skin and coming clean: Asad Ahmed - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2017-10-07.