Who’s your best friend?
I’ve lived in so many different places and have a lot of close friends but I’m going to have to say my best friend is my brother.
What would I grab if my house was on fire?
My dog! 1000%.
What is my destination for a trip of my dreams?
Travelling is such a huge part of my life so there are really few places I want to go that I haven’t been to but top of my list right now is Japan.
When I was little what did I want to be when I grew up?
I was one of those little kids that just wanted to do everything. One month it was a vet the next it was a pilot and the next a chef. I think I just had a lot of interests and now as a I’ve grown up I think I still keep that same energy of always trying new things and taking up new hobbies. Why limit yourself to doing one thing for your entire life?
In Conversation with SOCH the band
SOCH the band, comprises of two immensely talented musicians, Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed. The duo offers a unique, fresh and soulful approach to their earthy music.
Adnan Dhool at the helm, with his gritty vocals, complemented by Rabi Ahmed’s guitar rhythms. With their thought provoking lyrics, Soch takes us on a journey, hitting on to the harsh realities to the raw emotions of life. Within months of the songs release, Soch’s first ever single “Bandeya” – it received major mainstream radio airplay of which the World-wide release was done in collaboration with Indya Record and was first exclusively aired on 9x Network in INDIA and bagged #2 on ARY Musik and Oxygene and remained in the charts for over 8 weeks.
So we decided to dig deeper and ask the talent behind the band a few questions about how they got together, where they see themselves going in the future and also their experience singing for Bollywood.
1.Tell us a little about how this band was created?
This band was created by me (Adnan Dhool) back in 2005 when I wasn’t even sure about it . A few years later in 2007, my partner Rabi Ahmed joined in and since then it’s been going wild and strong
2. The song Avari in Ek Villain was sung by you guys, how was your experience singing for Bollywood?
It was definitely a great experience working across the border with some of the well known names. Not only did it bring pride to us but an award too.
Being nominated for IIFA in itself is a huge privilege.
3. How did that make you feel?
A privilege if course, see it’s the biggest award show in Asia and the world knows about it, fans all across wait for it so it was a major break and an honor for us as well.
4. How many times have you been featured in Nescafe basement?
Twice, season 1 and season 5, and it has been a splendid experience. We feel so much pride to be part of the Pakistani Music scene especially when we are on the brink of a musical revolution.
5. What was the story behind your sensational hit Bol Hu?
There’s isn’t any story but the thought is to connect with your Rab while going through the toughest phases of your life when you aren’t sure about things and experience a constant defeat, then you need to create your own world and see what that brings to you.
6.If you could jam with one musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
The one and only Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab
7. Any advice for the rising stars of Pakistan?
Just stick with your own original sound instead of copying others. Originality and candid, raw emotions will be your road to success.
An Ode to Women
It’s time for patriarchy to step aside, for long women have lived in the shadow of strong and powerful men that have denied them their fundamental rights, but no more, it’s finally time for the women of this world to get what they deserve; an equal footing with men and the equality of opportunity. Its optimistic to see so much support for a day that celebrates women by people all across the board. To all the mothers, sisters, daughters, girls and women in the world, we salute you for your resilience and strength.
On our radar: Everthine by Samar Abid
Samar Abid has reached strides in just a few months of establishing her couture house – Everthine. Her vision extends beyond just being a fashion designer, she foresees herself as an entrepreneur aiming to reach a global market with quality work. She has showcased her collection at the Bridal Couture Week 2018 and also is the receipt of the Pantene Rising Star Award. Check out our conversation with her:
What inspired you to enter the fashion world and run a couture brand?
Well, I come from a very academic background. My brother is the youngest PhD in Computer Sciences in the world and I went to visit him. There is did a few courses from the London School of Fashion and that is when things really began to turn, I realized this was a very creative field! My main focus was on entrepreneurship, basically i’d call myself and entrepreneur and Fashion is the field I chose for myself. It is all about establishing the brand and you bring it to the masses, you bring it to the jury and get the technical people to evaluate how capable you are. Khadija Shah is definitely somebody who has inspired i’d say. She is a very head over heels workaholic type of person and she is low key at the very same time. She isn’t decked up in Elan all the time and that is what I admire. I believe your work should reflect through the masses.
Tell me a little about your creative process? The inspiration behind individual pieces?
To start with the design philosophy, when we started Everthine, you see it’s a conference of culture nowadays globally. East and West is coming together so we are trying to bring you the best of both worlds together. We are sticking to the essence of the sub-continent artisans in our embellishments and we incorporate that into our modern techniques. We definitely take inspiration from international silhouettes and create heirloom pieces with a lot of detail and imagery. Using metallic threads and intricate embroidery on these cuts, we are creating elegant and breathable pieces.
Where do you see this brand in the next few years?
We are trying to touch each and every base without restricting ourselves. We did Bridal Couture Week and now we are rigorously moving forward towards our Spring/Summer collections. Then we plan to exhibit in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan. We find that there is a lot of potential within the country as well as abroad after going to Dubai with Boulevard One. People come to use from all over for elegant pieces and meticulous detail and we take a lot of pride in that, so within a year InshAllah we will be going International.
What is the most raw and honest piece of advice would you give to the youngsters trying to make it in the Fashion field right now?
Be professional! Be honest to your work, not just clients, but we creative and genuine with your work without copying and replicating off others. Originality is key!
What do you think needs to change in the Pakistani Fashion Industry?
The rat race maybe. If somebody introduces a trend then all the thousands of “so called” design house will come up with a hundred copies. Instead of madly following it and releasing how ethically wrong it is they should have some humility. The more you cater to humility, the more you are professional.
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