Its been six years since Goher Mumtaz,the vocalist and lead guitarist of Pakistan-based band Jal,promoted an album in India. Our last album Boondh released in 2007 and the past six years have been spent on creating Pyaas, he says. The album (Universal Music) has 12 songs,including remixes of the groups new numbers Tanhai and Dil Harri. At a show at Hard Rock Cafe,Delhi,on Friday,Mumtaz and guitarist Shazi performed songs from Pyaas and popular hits such as Woh Lamhe and Aadat. Mumtaz talked about love and loneliness,the bands cancelled gig in Mumbai,and why he is listening to Enrique Iglesias.
Why did you title your new album Pyaas?
Because of our desire to produce good music for our fans. The word Pyaas is also connected with the name of our band,Jal.
The theme of love is central to your new album.
Our themes revolve around falling in love,rising up after a heartbreak,loneliness and the loss of love. Dil Harri,the new video,which has become popular on YouTube,is about losing your heart to someone when you fall in love. This is also the first album that we have produced. It has a lot of fusion apart from the acoustic guitar,we have used the harmonium,tabla,percussion and Punjabi words.
The line-up is different from when the band was formed in 2002. How did you deal with the departures of vocalists Atif Aslam and Farhan Saeed?
I think what matters is the kind of music one produces. When Atif left,I wondered what to do. I just wanted to make sure we brought something new to music lovers. With Sajni and Moray Piya,which were big hits,we did just that. People will follow you depending on what you do with music.
Why was your Mumbai show called off last week?
The official reason is that there were permission issues. We are sad and disappointed because Jal has a huge fan base in Mumbai. We hope to come back next month.
What is your next project?
We are working on an album with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias where we would be mixing our tracks with his. It will be out this year.