Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Gohr-e-Wafa


Book Name: Gohr-e-Wafa (The Jewel of Sincerity)

Author: Rafaqat Javed (my dearest and loveliest mother :))

Designed by: Qazi Hamza Javed (http://headbumped.tumblr.com/post/38721742291/heres-another-book-cover-ive-just-sent-out-to?og=1&fb_action_ids=10152373784435092&fb_action_types=tumblr-feed%3Apost&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=457125004995)

All earnings for this and future books by the author go to Rashidabad (http://www.rashidabad.org/)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Umeed

It's been quite a while since I last worked on any music of my own. However, this is something I wrote a few months back and recorded it on my phone. I know it's not much but oh well, something's better than nothing. The song is called Umeed (Hope) which we, as a nation, need desperately.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Safr-e-Jawedan


A variation of the dancer (go to http://headbump.blogspot.com.au/)appears on her first book cover. :)



Book name: Safr-e-Jawedan (The never ending journey)


Author: Rafaqat Javed (my mother :))


The cover illustrates the core theme of the book, ‘A woman’s never ending journey to achieve a balance in her (married) life’, using Mehndi (a symbol largely employed to mark the beginning of an eastern marriage) designs to tell the story of the victory and defeat, courage and fear, good and evil that a typical eastern woman experiences in her life.


All earnings from this and future books by the author go to Rashidabad (http://www.rashidabad.org/).
 
Stolen from: http://headbump.blogspot.com.au/

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Don't Like Comics? Go Die!


Of late, I've been criticized a number of times because of my interest in comics, animated series, and everything to do with them. A few people just shake their heads, some genuinely can't believe and a few just smile sarcastically; in a nut-shell, they think I'm immature. The funny thing is that my gora acquaintances seem to find this normal whereas my countrymen seem to bear the notion that it's something which is just for children and hence should be left behind once we 'grow up'. 


But when do we really grow up? Does it happen overnight? Do we have to eat something that'll make us 'mature' in these peoples' eyes? Is it really impossible to still be a fan of Superman and Batman at 26? I don't think so. I think it's a very myopic and pedestrian way of looking at art in general. Sadly, these very people tend to criticize other forms of art, be it music, comics, paintings, or every possible thing they cannot begin to understand. No wonder we've gone back to the Dark Ages. 


As far as comics are concerned, who the hell said they were made for kids? Batman is one of the darkest characters in the comic world with very strong themes that children wouldn't even begin to understand. 'The Killing Joke', 'The Long Halloween', 'Batman: Hush' are just a few titles which should be kept miles away from kids. Spawn is another character whose disturbing as hell. There are hundreds of examples but I guess you get the idea - all comics are NOT for kids, and are in fact meant for a more 'mature' audience. Besides, all artists are adults and 'grown-ups' so bugger off please. 


Want your kids to read THAT??!
If there's any way of killing the brain, it's not by smoking weed but by becoming 'mature' enough for the society to accept us as adults. Well, screw you society; no way in hell am I going to stop my imagination from running wild. I wish I could draw as well as Hamster, pretty sure there would've been a lot of crazy stuff in my uni registers. The most beautiful thing anyone can do is to let their minds go free. Only when our thinking is free to wander in areas considered taboo by our society, will we be capable of bringing about a change. 


I tend to get away with Fantasy novels because they're books without pictures in them hence passing off as 'mature'. The minute these nincompoops get to know of its nature, off they go. How can one deny the class of J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings', or Frank Herbert's Dune series? Only pricks can, and guess what...they do!





Now don't get me wrong, I completely forgive people who haven't been able to develop an interest in this genre of literature but still indulge in book reading, or anything that keeps their brains jogging, and realize how important art is for a healthy mind and being. The idiots who piss me off are the self-proclaimed moronic 'critics' who browse Facebook all day long, watching idiotic videos, sharing goofy pictures, and waiting for people to like or post comments on the crap they share. 


I pity the people who don't have interests and activities in life. There's a high chance they'll lead an unproductive, robot-like, depressive life with zero goals and an incapacity to be a source of inspiration for others. 


It's only been a few months since I moved to Melbourne. Initially, I had a horrible time adjusting to the loneliness and routine that I had got myself in. I had become so dependent on people and that solely was my idea of fun. The ability of spending time with oneself is absolutely invaluable, and should be a source of envy for a lot those who don't have it. If it wasn't for my interest in music, books and comics, I seriously doubt I would've been able to live out these past months at peace. Activities, and of course the unrelenting support I've had from everyone that matters, has helped me grow mentally strong. 


For as long as I keep indulging in comics and cartoons, people will always look at me through weird and unknowing spectacles. Well, keep at it - I don't give a shit. Yes, Supes wears his underwear over his tights but then he also flies and shoots laser beams from his eyes. Can you? In my own imaginative world, I certainly can!




Immaturity is not in following what interests us, it actually resides in having a penchant for passing shallow, baseless and pathetic judgments. Reading comics does not make me immature; it helps me appreciate life, and gears up my mind for crazier and newer thoughts. 


I hope all of us get a chance to imagine crazy things and think freely at least once in life. It's an experience everyone should have. Good luck to those who already practice it; you guys are a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. 


"Reality continues to ruin my life." ~ Bill Watterson (Creator of 'Calvin & Hobbes' comic strip)


Ciao!


Choose a character and FREE yourself!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

HEADBLOGGED: Tabla (Final Version)

HEADBLOGGED: Tabla (Final Version)

It's all coming together slowly and steadily. Good luck bhaijan...heaps excited!

Check out the other posts at http://headbump.blogspot.com.au/.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Zam Bhai

17th May, 2012 was an extremely sad day for my family and loved ones. We lost a very dear friend, brother and son - Zaigham bhai. Him, along with three other PAF pilots attained Shahaadat close to Risalpur, Pakistan in a mid-air collision of their aircrafts. May Allah have mercy on their souls and grant them Jannah.

When I was growing up, I had my share of bhais and bajis courtesy the joint-family style living in an Armed Forces community. Cricket and generally sports, were always a uniting factor for all children, of all ages, within any Air Force Base. Every day right after Asr, every kid used to get together and play themselves silly till Maghrib. By the time Dad's posting used to come around, me and my brothers had so many friends. Some of those childhood friends have always been there; Zaigham bhai was one of those.

The earliest memory I have of Zaigham bhai dates back to 1993-94. That was the year we moved to PAF Complex, E-9, Islamabad. It was a newly developed Base with a very small residential area. If I remember correctly, there were only 4 rows of houses, and some apartments close-by. Considering I was only 8-9 at the time, I might be wrong. Nevertheless, that is where I believe I befriended so many people who became constants in my life thereafter. Similarly, these bhais who were mainly my brothers' friends also became part of our Air Force family. These were faces that were just always there, like for example Kashif bhai and Bilal bhai were born with mo, Rahim bhai and Zaigham bhai - those two characters who always had only one subject of discussion at hand - Aircrafts! And then there was Rashid bhaijan - may his soul rest in peace - who had made it to the Air Force Academy and was gunning to become a fighter pilot. 

I vividly remember Rahim bhai and Zaigham bhai at a Eid party at PAF Base Faisal, with the two of them listening in so intently and eagerly to war stories being narrated by Uncle M. M. Alam. The two of them were is such of awe of him. It was definitely the Air Force for them.

The last time I met Zaigham bhai was in mid-2000's. He dropped by to say hello to my elder brother as he was leaving for USA. In those days, Kashif bhai, my brother and I used to play a lot of Chess against each other. Weirdly, I used to beat the two of them at the game and was pretty confident at the time. And then came Zam bhai who ended up check-mating me in 3-4 moves. I must admit, it was a very humbling experience.

I could go on and on with these intimate recollections of Zam bhai. He will always be missed. His memory will live on through his two sons - may Allah look over them and keep them under His security and give patience and sabr to Aeliya baji. It has been Rashid bhaijan all over again for my family, only this time I'm old enough to feel and realize the impact of such an immense loss. I request everyone to pray for him, and his family and friends.

To all the bhais and bajis I'm still in touch with and others, I love you and you guys will always have a special place in my heart. Only 'Kids of the PAF' can begin to understand the nature of this kind of emotion and loss. 

Squadron Leader Zaigham (Shaheed)



May Allah bless your soul Zam bhai and grant you Jannah..you will be sorely missed!! Please take out a moment to pray for the departed soul, and may Allah grant patience to his loved ones.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Coke Studio V5.1: Charkha Nolakha (Qayaas featuring Atif)

So, Coke Studio (CS) is back with its fifth season. I must admit I had lost all interest in the show until recently when Qayaas became part of the CS list of artists headlining this year. 

Qayaas is a band which possesses so much talent, not only in the vocals department but guitars and drums as well. It's a very tight unit and will do wonders considering they stick together long enough. I've already talked about Umair on one of my previous posts.

It is highly unlikely that I'll be talking about CS songs other than Qayaas's. Anyways, coming to 'Charkha Nolakha' - a collaboration between Qayaas and Atif, following are my thoughts on the composition. 

Overall the song has been given a very ambient feel which has thoroughly been achieved as well. The intro into the first verse of the song is absolutely beautiful. Umair's semi-baritone kicks in very nicely and does sound nice with Atif's nasal voice. The song seems to have quite a number of starts and stops which is seen right after the first verse/chorus. The song continues in its similar feel as before. The bridge is one of my favorite parts in the song; delay, chorus and reverbs on Atif's voice give an awesome feel to the song. When the drums kick in, a very very familiar song can be heard in the background; Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. So, basically Umair is singing on the main and interlude riffs of Kashmir; better him than Atif. Finally, we get a glimpse of the Metal side of Umair with his Axl-reminiscent screams. After another stop, the song goes into the outro where everyone, house band inclusive, joins in to sing the chorus. 

I would give the song a 7/10. The listener will not dig the song straightaway; I'd recommend giving it a few shots and letting it grow on you. Initially, I was very skeptical about blending a hardcore Metal voice with something as Pop as Atif's incessant moaning however I do think Rohail kept the hyena under control in this number. In a way its good for Qayaas in the commercial sense; a lot of Bieber fans will watch the episode and you never know, a few might even be converted! In any case, it's good exposure for the band. Coke Studio will open a lot more doors and give Qayaas a real shot at fame, success and proving themselves as the number one Heavy Metal outfit in Pakistan. 

In the future episodes, I seriously hope we get to see Khurram and Sarmad rocking out, and trust me they can kick up some pretty heavy shit; listen to 'Mera Wana', 'Inquilaab', and 'Uss Paar' by Qayaas. Apart from the fact that they're just awesome guitarists, there is no sound sweeter to the ear than ridiculously over-driven guitars. CS's first season has so far been their best; it was rough and raw, and the musicians were allowed to do whatever they deemed fit. The following seasons were just too perfect and clean-sounding to qualify for that original CS experience. Well, all I can do is wait, hope and be optimistic!

Good luck to Qayaas for rest of the season. You guys have done brilliant in the first episode, have a brewski, don't OD and continue kicking some butt. 

\m/ forever! 

Cheerio!

P.S. Good luck at the LUX Style Awards!

Following is the link to 'Charkha Nolakha':

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS STRICTLY MY OWN OPINION WITH ALL THE PUN AND HATRED INTENDED FOR THE LIKES OF GAYSLUM AND BIEBER (KURT KILLED HIMSELF BECAUSE OF YOU). 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

HEADBLOGGED: Dancer: Close Up

HEADBLOGGED: Dancer: Close Up

One of the most creative and talented people I know, my brother - Qazi Hamza Javed. 


Looking forward to the short film.


Check it out everyone!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Qayaas: Metal-Mania Debuts in Pakistan


The last year or so has been by far one of the most interesting and crazy for me as far as music is concerned. I've started composing again although royally suck at it but somethings better than nothing, I guess. Also, I've had the opportunity of delving into genres other than Heavy Metal, Rock n Roll and Blues. However, every time I did go down that road, always ended up listening to over-driven guitars and headbanging music which apparently noobs called noise. Yes, you...YOU are a noob if you call the likes of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Black Sabbath, noise! 

Pakistani Rock has evolved over the last decade or so. There were a few very promising bands that broke into the scene in early 2000s; Aaroh and [eP] being one of the most prominent of them. Both outfits were extremely talented and could've gone on to do wonders had they stuck on together; wasn't meant to be, they were just another 'one-album' wonders. For the record, I think Aaroh's second album sucked and without Nabeel Chishty on guitars, it was just not Aaroh. On the other hand, the break-up of [eP] was even more saddening. Around that time another Rock band came into the picture; Call. They were impressive at first, playing some hardcore alternative rock music but was, sadly, short lived. What happened to Call was much more tragic than a break-up; they lost their bollocks and became the Pakistani version of Backstreet Boys. 

I could go on and on about a zillion Pakistani bands who would've done so amazing had they continued to make the kind of music they initially intended to, but I won't. Instead, I'm going to talk about a new band that has caused quite a raucous in Pakistan of late, 'Qayaas'. 

The one and only reason why Qayaas caught my interest was the beast on vocals; Umair Jaswal. I listened to Umair sing for the first time back in 2006, I think, at Islamabad Club auditorium. He was with a band called Silversmoke at the time and I vividly recall them covering GnR's version of 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine'. I, too, was in a band then, 'Aaraiz' and somewhat prided myself as being a pretty decent vocalist within Islamabad's underground music scene at that time. But then there was this beefed up character, full-on attitude with a downright throaty, hoarse made-to-sing-metal voice mimicking Axl's antics and actually bloody well pulling it off. Umair Jaswal had blasted himself onto center stage with a bad-ass attitude found so desperately wanting in Pakistani bands. Needless to say, I was absolutely impressed. 

Soon after, Silversmoke released their first single, 'Zakham', and I traveled to Australia to pursue a Masters. They went onto to release another single, 'Soch' and that was it from Umair until 2009. During that time I was too busy with University and was not too keen on listening to songs by new Pakistani bands; they were all pretty darn disappointing and reminiscent of our very own version of Justin Beiber, 'Atif Aslam'. However, I was asked by a friend to listen to two new songs by a band called 'Qayaas'; 'Tanha' and 'Umeed'. 

I still remember the chill down my spine when I listened to Umeed! The build-up to the chorus was so beautifully done, blew me away. And then there were Umair's trademark heavy metal screaming backing vocals which he displays right at the end of the song as well. And then there were the guitars with a decent solo - which wasn't overdone which a lot of lead guitarists in Pakistan end up doing - beautiful licks and fillers throughout the song which made the song an instant hit with me. The second song 'Tanha' which was heavier of the two numbers, and lyrically richer as well. The vocals were a lot more raw and the guitars heavier; this song displayed the potential of Qayaas as one of the first Heavy Metal bands coming out of Pakistan after Mizraab, only much more refined, melodic and complete. 

Qayaas released their first album, 'Uss Paar' in April 2011. The Heavy Metal inclination I was teased with in 'Tanha' was given a massive steroid-boom right from the word go. The album is metal galore with songs like 'Uss Paar', 'Inquilaab', 'Halaak', 'Shehrezade' and especially the crazily heavy, full of aggression, rage and frustration 'Mera Wana'. I highly recommend everyone to give the album a listen; if you don't like it, please get your sanity verified or even better, kill yourself.  

I definitely hope Qayaas is not a 'one-album' wonder and do go onto release a lot more records. Its definitely one of the most complete Heavy Metal outfits to have come out of Pakistan. And the time is nigh for a second album. I wish the band good luck with all their future projects. Umair Jaswal, you're a goddamn beast of a vocalist, and one of the most talented metalheads I've ever known. You solely carry the Heavy Metal torch in Pakistan; don't drop it. Qayaas is destined for bigger and better things; keep at it. Metal forever \m/!

Until next time...

P.S. Ironically, Umair is teaming up with Beiber in the first Coke Studio Season 5 episode...oh shit, I said Beiber?? I honestly meant Justin...oh dammit...I mean...Atif Gayslum. Definitely wish Umair best o' luck, and Atif a sore throat :P. 

P.P.S. This post is dedicated to my friend, poco pinzone. Thank you.