They are a unique blend of pop and rock, with a subtle sufi influence,” says Farhan Saeed, the lead vocalist of Jal. Speaking about the rising popularity of a host of Pakistan-based singers in India, including the likes of Strings and Adnan Sami, Shazi, who is the bass guitarist, says, “For us, both the countries are quite similar in terms of performing. It’s only the border that separates the two, but our hearts are close to each other.” As for the film assignments, “We are currently working with a few film-makers, but it’s too premature to talk about the projects. However, one thing is for sure, we won’t compromise on our music in any way. We don’t mind if the lyrics are written by some one else, but we should relate to the compositions, and they should appeal to us,” says Mumtaz, who even got an offer to act in a Bollywood flick, which he says, “I refused, as it’s music that I really want to pursue.” Fond listeners of Kishore Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Jagjit Singh and A R Rehman, the band is also game for performing with Indian artists, as Farhan says, “That would be quite a learning experience and exciting too.” Apart from the trip what’s keeping the band busy right now is also their next album, which Mumtaz promises, “Will be much more mature, as we’ve learnt a lot over the years.” The ambition of the band, Shazi sums up, “is to make music that one can’t live without—just like water, the word that inspired our band name. In 2008 Jal launched its second music album named 'Boondh' in Mumbai.
The band has a sizeable following among teenyboppers on the other side of the border. Gohar Mumtaz, a guitarist, vocalist-composer and lyricist of the band, narrated how this band was formed. "I always wanted to have a band of my own and a common friend introduced Farhan Saeed to me. Then we jammed together for five-ten minutes and thereafter we started our performances. We never looked back after 2003 album 'Aadat' was released.
Our song 'Lamhein' was number one on the music charts in Pakistan for six-eight weeks," said Gohar. The name suggests that we the band is just a small droplet of water in the sea of music. 'Boondh' which features Bollywood actress Amrita Rao in its video has 12 songs, including two unplugged versions and two remixes. Farhan Saeed, a lead vocalist of the band, explained in detail why the album was titled 'Boondh'. "'Boondh' is not the name of any song in the album, but is basically the theme of the album and covers all the songs in it. The name suggests that we the band is just a small droplet of water in the sea of music, which covers India, Pakistan, Asia and the entire world where our music is heard.
The main focus of the band is on pop and soft rock genre, with melody and lyrics being the chief ingredients. The music launch was followed by a live performance, where the band with guitars belted out song tracks from the new album along with other classic Bollywood tunes. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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