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Qayaas is the first progressive alternative rock band from Pakistan, a country where traditionally music has been looked down upon rather than being celebrated as an art form. This gives our music a sense of rebellion and a rallying cry for pathos. We are confident that we’ll be able to start a new chapter in the country’s rock and roll history. Qayaas has won the best rock band in Pakistan at the Jack Rock Awards, India and will be performing in New Delhi on December 16, 2010 and also collect the award. Qayaas literally translated as deliberation is not only the name of our band but the essence that encapsulates the entire philosophy behind our music. It is the coming together of individual deliberation on inspirational moments, relationships or life in general that take the form of musical notes. Our music and the words that frame them are essentially a spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion. But that is just the beginning of the journey. The idea or feeling taking birth in one band member’s mind is developed and brought to fruition by collective deliberation or Qayaas by the whole band. Five different people, their different moods, outlooks and music philosophies harmoniously blend to form compositions that reflect a coming-together of creative energy. We strongly believe that this creative energy should flow through our compositions and reach our listeners; unadulterated in this wondrous journey by commercial concerns or other shortcuts. Most of our music tends to explore emotions, specific moments, certain relationships and particular events which resonate powerfully as we try to understand ourselves and the world around us. We do not aim to have a large body of musical compositions but only put through quality pieces governed by unique ideas and techniques. Each melody is a different journey, starting with something personal and then refining it to create a certain mood. It helps that the different band members resonate very well with each other and are able to recognize and work upon a good idea. As a whole, Qayaas is an accumulation of musicians from quite diverse backgrounds; thriving in an underground community where combined they satisfy their musical abilities. Hence, all members have been, and still are, part of projects that serve as vent for musical expression. Qayaas has released two music videos “Tanha” and "Pukar" which are currently doing the rounds on all the Pakistan music channels namely MTV, Aag, ARY Musik, Oye and Play TV. Our debut album comprising of 13 songs is complete and we are in the process of releasing more singles, teasers promos and brainstorming over videos. Qayaas is based in Islamabad, Pakistan and consists of: Umair Jaswal: Lead Vocals. Khurram Waqar:Guitars, Arrangement & Audio Production. Sarmad Abdul Ghafoor: Guitars & Audio Production. Shaheryar Ghayas: Bass Guitar. Salman Rafique: Drums/Percussions. Umair Jaswal is the youngest of the lot, at the age of 21 and is a unique vocal talent. He shares mature musical ideas with the rest of the band. Famous for his stage presence and covers of Guns N’ Roses with his other band ‘SilverSmoke’, he is a student of geophysics but still very determined to do music professionally. Khurram Waqar (a.k.a. kW) is a multi talented musician with guitars being his main forte. He has been playing the instrument for the last 17 years and has been a part of various bands from the 90’s (‘Fantazia’, ‘Entity’) to the current year(‘kNuMB’, ‘Qayaas’). With an IT degree from Carnegie Mellon University (one of the best in the world), one would have imagined him to be a geek but he is the total opposite. He not only recorded a whole instrumental album with his band ‘Cocytus’ in USA while doing his Masters but also performed regularly in the Pittsburgh circuit. After returning to Pakistan in 2003, he formed a progressive rock band ‘kNuMB’ (www.knumb.com) who are known for their live performances across Pakistan and are the only band in the country to play a unique mix of songs and guitar instrumentals. He has been a part of two G3 inspired guitar instrumental concerts featuring the prominent guitarists of Pakistan and has just finished writing material for the new instrumental album. He formed ‘Qayaas’ in the summer of 2008 to fulfill his desire to make Urdu songs in the alternative (grunge) and progressive domain and they have just finished recoding their album. He also has a passion for audio production and has his own state of the art studio set up (Rootgate Studios) in Islamabad where the current ‘Qayaas’ and ‘kNuMB’ albums have been tracked. Having built his repertoire as a technical guitar player with solid theoretical knowhow, he is also a respected guitar teacher in Islamabad. He works as an IT Manager in a company based in Islamabad. Sarmad Abdul Ghafoor (a.k.a Sarmad) started off with his passion for producing music sixteen years ago. An accomplished guitar player and a regular session player for Atif Aslam, he has been a part of various rock bands in the country for the last decade. In 2008, he became a full time member of ‘Qayaas’. He showcases his artistry as multi-talented composer, guitarist and music producer. He has not only produced Atif Aslam’s 2 solo multi platinum albums but has also continuously produced music for various rock bands in the country. He works as a full time musician in Islamabad. Shaheryar Ghayas (a.k.a Sherry) is a solid musician playing in 3 bands at the moment. He is playing bass with Islamabad based Metal band ‘Surge’ for the last 5 years. With Grunge and Progressive Rock as part of his pulse, he has also been playing rhythms for a progressive/instrumental rock band ‘kNuMB’ for the last 3 years. Still weaving intricate melodies with the band, he’s now a part of ‘Qayaas’ where he again assumes the role as a bass player. He works as a Creative Manager in an Advertising Agency in Islamabad. Salman Rafique (a.k.a. Fifu) has been playing guitars for the last 18 years, and drums for the last 6. With influences ranging from Rush to Pantera, Fifu has been a prominent part of the local underground circuit; contributing as the guitar hand or the drum hog for many bands, studio and live. He is known for his famous drum solos during concerts and is a technician when it comes to execution and music theory. Fifu has many bands to his credit, ‘Surge’, ‘kNuMB’ and now ‘Qayaas’. He is a Software Product Manager in an IT Startup based in Islamabad. We realize that the while on the surface the situation in the country threatens art disruption, it is also breeding ground for rebellion. Historically, some of the most poignant criticism of war and violence has come from rock musicians and songwriters providing an outlet for the sentiments of public at large. The cathartic quality of rock music that has given voice to the anguish and torment of generations finds a most fitting context in our country. Music can be used as a motivation for the advocacy of a common cause. Our singles “Umeed”, “Tanha” and “Inquilab” do exactly that. They utilize the ability of music as a potent medium of communication and a form of political activism. We feel that music can go a long way in healing the heartache of our war torn nation and emphasize the importance of unity and keeping a positive outlook in times of struggle (Umeed meaning hope), Anguish (Tanha meaning alone) and the way forward (Inquilab meaning revolution).

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Qayaas is the first progressive alternative rock band from Pakistan, a country where traditionally music has been looked down upon rather than being celebrated as an art form. This gives our music a sense of rebellion and a rallying cry for pathos. We are confident that we’ll be... Read More →

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