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"The only idea behind Qayaas is to make honest music," said Umair Jaswal, the lead singer of the band and one of three brothers who have broken into the Pakistani music scene. "All our lives we've been in different bands. This time around we took it one step ahead and we said this is what we like and this is what we're going to do. We're not going to think about what people think." Qayaas is a group of 5 members consisting of founder and lead guitarist Khurram Waqar; guitarist and music producer Sarmad Ghafoor; bassist Shehryar Ghayas and Salman 'Fifu' Rafique on drums. The band members had been playing a variety of music in the underground scene in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for years before they teamed up together. Ghayas and Rafique played rock and roll for Surge while Waqar and Ghayas played unique guitar instrumentals for Knumb. Ghafoor had produced albums for singers including Atif Aslam. "When Qayaas comes together it's like 5 people coming together with a plethora of influences," said Ghayas. They bring the best of their abilities and unique skills to form a musical collective that has solidified from their experience over the last 4 years of forming the band and producing an album. Qayaas developed a strong following with the release of their singles 'Tanha' and 'Umeed' in 2008. Umeed became one of the most requested songs on City FM 89. 2010 was a big year for the boys from Islamabad. Their next single 'Mera Wana' was released in a Metal Asia Compilation album in 2010. They released a 4th single called 'Pukaar' dedicated to the flood victims. They have been honored by a number of awards including Best Rock Band at the Rolling Stones Jack Daniels Awards in 2010. The band had gained international recognition before the release of their debut album Uss Paar in April 2011. They had thousands of hits from fans in countries across the world including Egypt and Brazil. Their publicist, based in Boston, has encouraged the band members to write in English for a more global market. "English opens up your market for you. That depends on how you promote it and if you have the capability to market it properly," said Ghafoor, a seasoned musician, well versed in the intricacies of the music industry. Qayaas's music has been influenced by what they see around them. "Our album is a very emotional album. It tells us about what we felt during that period. There were a lot of bomb explosions and we were very scared," said Waqar. "In the middle of a vocal take I would just stop because there were sirens at the back. In the sound proof room we could hear sirens of 15 ambulances going by," added Jaswal. Qayaas plan to release a single every month, either in English or Urdu, till the compilations are ready and then release their next album. Over the years they have changed their style of working in order to be able to produce their second album faster. Since all except Ghafoor and Waqar have full time jobs, they work on their music in their own studios and then meet to finally put it together. "We would be told 'what are you doing all day at home? You bring no money into the house and you don't give us any time either. So we were almost ready to give it up. Then we got nominated for a few awards and Coke Studio came up and at home people are saying that finally they're getting somewhere," said Waqar.
"The only idea behind Qayaas is to make honest music," said Umair Jaswal, the lead singer of the band and one of three brothers who have broken into the Pakistani music scene. "All our lives we've been in different bands. This t...