Maham Nadeem and Natasha Sohail, who interned at Ideas Evolved
this summer, met up with Uzair Jaswal. The guy in question has made
waves *at fear of being cliched* with his single in Coke Studio
“Nindiya kay paar”. He was also among the top 12 contestants in both
editions of Pakistan Sangeet Icon in 2010 and 2011. He is now thinking
of doing more live performances in an upcoming tour.
Who is Uzair Jaswal?
Well… Uzair Jaswal is a boy trying to make it big in this music
industry, he’s a student and a dreamer, I’ve always dreamt of this day
being on coke studio making it big and I guess… it’s a really difficult
Other than your brothers, who is your inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are my brothers both of them, Yasir and Omair
but as a kid I used to listen to a lot of Lifehouse and Coldplay, but
since the past 2 years I have been a huge John Mayer and Michael
Buble fan, so I guess you could say it’s them.
Have you ever been stalked by a fan?
Uh… Yeah *laughs* A number of times
Was it scary?
It gets scary at times when you start getting all the weird odd timings
when you block people and they still try to get in touch with you
some other way and when they show up right in front of your face and
freak you out, it gets scary at times but it’s mostly overwhelming
cause all of this is new to me. At the moment I don’t mind much but I
think it will get a lot more difficult.
Do you think you’re a mama’s boy?
Haha, I actually am, I’m the second last, I have 5 brothers and a sister.
I am the second last but I still feel like I am the youngest kid. I’m my
mom’s favorite and I think I’m a spoilt brat and a lazy person. I’m like
Garfield, I sleep and eat and I don’t like getting of my couch.
How do your parents feel about having three singers in the family?
I think they are our biggest fans and biggest critics, they enjoy our
music and are always there at every concert, event, interview; they
don’t miss a thing! I think they are super proud and super excited. I
mean I’m sick of my coke studio songs and my mom listens to them
like 20 times a day. I think it’s one of the best feelings in the world to
see that. She’s in the kitchen, cooking with the headphones on,
listening to the same songs on repeat. I think they are really glad that
all three of us are doing well at what we want to do.
Are you intimidated by your brothers’ success?
*chuckles* I find that question a bit offensive actually because how
can I ever be intimidated by my brothers? They are my biggest support
and they are my biggest inspiration and they have always been there
for me so I have learned everything about music from them. I am what I
am because of them. I loved them more than anything in this world,
they should be credited for where I am today; they help me with my
songs, lyrics, and compositions. They are like my backbone… so, no!
Not at all
How does your fame affect your studies?
Uh *laughs*it was never affecting my studies, but I don’t know,
something went wrong recently and I think it’s affecting my studies a
lot, now my result just came out and*looks down* it was not all that
good but I try and keep a balance/ I try and study in the last weeks of
the exams. I should start studying before that but it’s going alright, it
gets hard sometimes but you gotta do what you gotta do. I have to
complete my degree and obviously pursue music as well so I can’t
leave either one of them. As long as I finish my degree; that’s all that
Have your teachers and friends started treating you differently ever
since your big break at Coke Studio?
Umm not really, my friends are still my friends; they are just super
proud and super excited for me. But mostly people who haven’t talked
to me in years have started talking to me again and started emailing
me and trying to get in touch again, so that was a little weird but
otherwise its all the same. They were surprised though because I had
never told anyone about Coke Studio. It was recorded in January and I
went to college four months after that and I didn’t tell anyone so when
they came out they were all shocked. So it was a surprise for my
teachers and my friends and they were *saying super the umpteenth
time* happy and super proud. So that made me happy!
How much hair product do you use?
*Laughs* umm… err… *hesitates* Yeah I used to use a lot of hair
product but now I’m trying not to. Actually in my family people who
use hair product start losing their hair very soon, I’ve seen that from
experience from my brothers, I have four elder brothers so yeah I’m
being careful now. I’ve reached my twenties and now I’m like let’s just
stop.. I’ve got to be careful with my hair so I try not to use a lot of hair
product,*touches his hair* I don’t think I’ll be able to pull off being
What’s the funniest
or most embarrassing fan encounter you have ever had?
Funniest toh koi bhi nai hai embarrassing uhh… They are always really
surprising funny bhi hotay hain but they are always really surprising at
every concert something new happens. I wear a lot of jackets to my
concerts I had a handkerchief in the front pocket of my jacket and this
girl just *urgh* mein nay woh apnay abu ke liye khareeda tha and the
first day I was just wearing it and I thought I would give it to him after
I’ve worn it once cause I really liked it. So I put it in my pocket and
went to my concert and this girl went crazy and she’s like I WANT IT! I
want your handkerchief, I want it, and I was like I can’t give it to you, I
just can’t do it, but this girl went berserk!! She wouldn’t leave then
she started crying, and she started whining and then it just got a little
too embarrassing for me and the people were like what the hell is
wrong with him why can’t he just give her the handkerchief, so I just
took it out and gave it to her, I mean I had to sign it as well so it was
a little embarrassing and funny too I guess but that was one of the
things that I remember.
*weird question* Are you single and ready to mingle?
*Laughs* I am NOT single and *with a big grin on his face* DEFINITELY
not ready to mingle.
Your fans complain that you don’t reply to their posts on your
Facebook page. Why is that?
Ahh actually I do collectively reply sometimes, but I can’t reply to each
and every post of every fan because it gets really difficult and it’s
really time consuming. I try my best to reply sometimes on twitter and
on Facebook, I post generally for everyone because I’m studying as
well as doing music and recording all the time and now I’m going to
start touring as well Insha’Allah. I just have a very busy house too. I
have Masha Allah a huge family, so it gets really difficult to be online
and reply to my fans all the time. So I guess they should like it as well
because you should always keep the mystery alive.
Do you know that we found a group on Facebook called “Lovers of
Really? I’ve stopped looking now and I’m really tired of Facebook.
Do you get freaked out sometimes?
Yaar I have like 75 fake profiles made by God knows whom so I am sick
of it more than freaked out. But it’s also played a very good part in the
promotion of my music and I think it’s the best source of mass media,
so I think that’s the only reason I’m using it. The issue with fake
profiles and fake groups… I hate it and I just really wish that people
would start getting a life and stop making all of these. With like ten of
my pictures on and they just wait for me to change my profile picture
and then they just put up the same picture. Now I don’t even have a
profile but, when I used to have it, I used to do everything I could do
to not make it visible but it just became really difficult. So, it gets a
little worrying at times and I get really sick of it but at the end of the
day Facebook helps me interact with my fans … so yeah
Tell us about your
meinay itni ki nai
hai yaar I just did a
couple of ads for
jazz a year and half,
two years ago and I
did a couple of
everything… That’s all, I just did the cricket world cup ads and after
that I’ve acted a lot I’ve done around five famous theater plays. I’ve
grown up doing theater in Islamabad. I have a lot of theater
experience. I also did a couple of short documentaries when I went to
LUMS for my school when I won the first prize for this video called
Poondi Bench . Oh yeah! I just finished a movie last year, it’s supposed
to come out his year, it’s called Gol Chakkar let’s see how that turns
out; It was a great experience Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea
directed it and it’s a hilarious movie. There’s no message or anything
people so who walk in to watch this movie should just know that they
are going for entertainment and they are going to experience a lot of
Do you want to pursue acting as a career?
Yeah yeah, I mean any form of art and I am in. I would love to do
movies I want to do movies but I want to sing as well. Singing is my
first priority but I won’t mind being in movies.
So are you planning on becoming the new Fawad Khan with the
singing and acting?
No no no no no. I mean he’s reached his own level and everything but
I just want to be on my own and be myself. I’ve always acted, I’ve
always loved being on stage, I love doing theater and I love being in
front of the camera so I think any form may be acting or singing um I
would love to do it.
How scary was the Coke Studio experience? Were you scared about
how people would react?
Han matlab yeah thoray nerves aap ke crazy ho jatay heein, acha
bauhaut overwhelming experience tha . More than that it was very
emotional being there and recording and everything… it was very
surreal, I couldn’t believe that I was there. But it was scary when I first
walked in and I was scared of singing and what if I don’t sing in key in
front of these guys. I mean I was singing in front of the best musicians
in Pakistan! I think I am shit in Islamabad but now that I’m here in the
big league I’ll probably just disappoint everyone. It was kinda scary
but more than that I kept my cool and I tried to do my best. I’m glad
that people appreciated it and I’m glad that it worked out.
What’s your biggest fear before live performances?
I get panic attacks, so I think that’s my biggest fear. Even after Coke
Studio I had had this weird moment because I was so excited, nervous
and scared but thankfully I get better after I have recorded the session,
but I had to go to the doctor a couple of times. I get just really
panicky and nervous just the fact being on stage and not being able to
give your 100% and not performing to your upmost ability. That is my
biggest fear not being as good as you should be. I’ve been on stage a
couple of times and I have done concerts without jamming, without
practicing and when I get off I feel so disappointed even though the
fans might not even get it they won’t even get where you made the
mistake cause they are just enjoying the music but you would know
that you have not performed to your utmost ability and you weren’t the
best up there today and that really disappoints me and that’s really my
biggest fear on stage.
Tell us about your experience at Pakistan Sangeet Icon?
That was a long time ago… it was exciting for what it was and the time
it lasted. I never went to Karachi, I went to the initial auditions…
actually I did it twice and I was selected in the final twelve from the
whole country both times but never went to Karachi and I am just glad
that I did not now that I look at it, I am just glad. I mean people that
even won that competition they have put them in a contract but they
deserve a lot more because they are really talented, those kids but I
don’t see them anywhere so I am glad that I just waited and I never
went. God had better plans for me.
Rapid fire round
I don’t get much anymore
- Abdullah Qureshi
-Fair and Lovely
*laughs* Never used it
Not a MWF guy I play more Fifa, WWE etc
I think I can do my own hair best
Gotta love them! More is less, you might have 1000 shoes and you still
might need more. You never get sick of them.
-Waderay ka beta
I love that song, it’s pretty hilarious
-The Big Bang Theory
My favorite TV show… Yeah… BAZZINGA!
Timepass! You can just read peoples stupid tweets, even if they are
p***ing they just tweet!
Tell us how social networking sites like Facebook and E-marketing
forums like Ideas Evolved affect the way that you promote your work.
Social networking sites are the best source of promotion these days, I
mean people hardly even watch TV anymore, I mean everyone is on the
internet! So I think it’s the fastest, most convenient and accessible
form of media and its playing a huge role in promoting musicians. It
has also played a huge part in promoting piracy but I guess that’s just
one part of it. But I think that it’s amazing because I have never really
sent any of my videos to TV and I am an internet made musician
basically. It’s a blessing in disguise really. You’re being heard
everywhere and what else could you ask for.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
*really long pause* I lie about working out; I don’t work out at all… So
people may think that I’m getting buff, I’m actually not… I’m just
Do you have a message for your fans?
Well I’m not in a position to give them an inspirational speech, but I
guess I just want to say, thanks for being there for me and always
loving and appreciating my music and other work. I’m looking forward
to seeing most of you in my live performance Insha’Allah very soon
and I hope I don’t disappoint you!
( Source : IdeasEvolved )