Social Circus: Ali Azmat launches first solo album
The lead vocalist of Junoon – a radical rock band of the last decade, Ali Azmat, has launched his first solo album titled ‘Social Circus’. The album is released by Sadaf Stereo.
Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday, Ali Azmat who is famous for his vocal powers and stage performance, said he had been planning to launch this album since the release of Junoon’s last album, Deewar – a flop album as compared to the band’s earlier ones.
Describing his album’s theme, he said it was a personal expression — a kind in which philosophical moods and thematically expressed events of his life are included.
Regarding the ever-increasing popularity of Pakistani bands in the international market, he said Pakistani bands such as Aaroh, Fuzon, Noori, EP and others were producing genuine music instead of copying the remix culture growing in India. “Now you find Pakistani bands’ albums on the dashboards of youngsters in Pakistan and abroad also, which proves that the youth of this era like our music and they don’t fall in love with Western rock, grunge, punk, etc, anymore.”
Commenting on Junoon’s last two albums’ failure, he said piracy played a major role in such a setback of Junoon’s career in music. He urged the government to make a policy to stop piracy in Pakistan.
Ghulam Ahmed of Sadaf Stereo said people who were arrested on charges of piracy were released on bail causing a continuation of piracy in the market. He advocated of strict rules and regulations in this regard.
Explaining Junoon’s major disintegration after Bryan’s departure to the USA, he said Salman Ahmed and he himself still played in concerts adding the band would release its new album in September.
It may be mentioned here that a song of Ali’s solo-debut-venture, Deewana, is already hitting the music charts of local and international channels. Deewana’s video based on the concept of multi-nationals capturing the world market in general, and Pakistan in particular, is directed by Jami.