Asad Ahmed, who is an amazing guitar player and a songwriter worked with many famous bands including Awaz, Junoon, Vital Signs, Karavan & The Barbarians. Last Friday, EMI Pakistan released his first solo album #Rebirth which is still topping the charts since its release.
According to him, the first guitar he ever played was his brother’s, who was also a guitarist.
Here is everything you need to know about Asad Ahmed!
First let’s have a look at his guitar collection
There was so much hype for his new album Rebirth that we couldn’t stop ourselves from asking him these following questions;
1)- How and why did you first pick up the guitar?
Asad Ahmed: I first picked up the guitar when i saw my brother play in his high school band. It was instant! Right there and then i knew what i wanted to do.
2)- Tell us about your first guitar?
Asad Ahmed: My first guitar was a beat up Hofner… but it served the purpose.
3)- Which is your favorite track from your debut solo album Rebirth and why?
Asad Ahmed: My favorite track is the title track because its the first one I composed with the mindset of letting go of the past and embracing the future. Hence the title Rebirth.
4)- Any tips you can share with the young generation interested in playing guitars?
Asad Ahmd: Practice, practice and more practice! I bed to do it for 8 hours when I was learning to play.
5)- Share your Coke Studio experience with us.
Asad Ahmed: Coke Studio was an amazing experience but also one of learning how to play with Qawwals and traditional Folk Artists. They are the true rock stars of Pakistani music.
6)- Who are your top three musical influences and why is that?
Asad Ahmed: As a guitarist I would say David Gilmour because he is just so expressive with his playing almost lyrical. As a songwriter I would say The Beatles because they wrote the book on how to write a 3 minute song. As a performer I would say KISS because they redefined what a live presentation should be with the clever use of Pyro, Lights and elaborate sets.
7)- As you teamed up with many famous bands, which band did you enjoy the most working with?
Asad Ahmed: Awaz, Vital Signs, Karavan and Ali Zafar all presented different challenges… but to say one is better than the other would be in bad taste. I enjoyed playing with all of them.
8)- Tell us about your future plans?
Asad Ahmed: I plan on making 2 more videos for this album and intend to tour behind it. I also am a touring guitarist with Ali Zafar.
9)- What do you do other than playing guitar?
Asad Ahmed: On my off days I like to kickback with friends and family because without them my life would be incomplete.
10)- If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you pursue?
Asad Ahmed: I would teach… I believe that lack of education is the biggest problem in Pakistan.
From last 5 seasons, he has been playing guitar in Coke Studio. Let us wait for him to release two more music videos from his debut solo album Rebirth!