EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Irteassh Official of Coke Studio Season 10

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Pakistan’s newest female vocal band, Irteassh, consists of four teenage girls who are taking the Pakistani music industry by storm. After receiving recognition from Salman Ahmed for Coke Studio Season 10, these girls have gone on to record their own song, which will be releasing soon. While talking to VeryFilmi  Irteassh revealed numerous details concerning their band. From how they came together to the many challenges that they steered through along the way, the girls engaged in quite an interesting discussion.

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  1. What brought the four of you together?

  1. Why did you choose this name for your band?

  1. How were you able to get recognition from Coke Studio?

  1. To what extent did your family and friends support you?

Simal: We are actually very lucky in this matter because all 4 of us have beautiful parents and they supported us. I should also mention that my school and principal were very supportive.

Ayesha: I didn’t tell too many people, neither did Eman, just 2 or 3 close friends because we didn’t really know what was happening, but those 2 or 3 friends were ones we could really rely on.

Eman: I think our friends and family have seen us sing since we were so young and they know what it means to us which is why there was nothing but support coming from their side.

  1. Which famous Pakistani personalities have you worked with in Coke Studio Season 10?

Ayesha: I don’t think we are supposed to reveal that but we are working with Salman Ahmed. When we went to the launch, we got the opportunity to meet really cool personalities such as Ali Sethi and Momina Mustehsan and we worked with the house band.

  1. Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Simal: There isn’t one, there are many.

Sajar: Noor Jehan.

Ayesha: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Simal: Latta Mangeshkar…But honestly people think that we are the new generation who don’t know these people, but we do and we follow them like crazy.

  1. Will two of you leaving for university affect the future of your band?

Eman: It’ll make it harder but it wont’ really affect us that much

Ayesha: We have plans to record some stuff and we are planning to meet every six months, so even for example, on YouTube channels, instead of releasing content every 3 months, we will be releasing every six months.

Sajar: We obviously will be together.

Ayesha: We’ve planned it out long term and we are also taking this time out to figure out how to train.

Eman: I don’t think there is any limit to how good we can get.

  1. Do you plan on returning to Pakistan after completing your education abroad?

Ayesha: Yes.

Eman: I’m studying here.

Simal: We do have plans of staying in Pakistan after University, because if this thing works then obviously we will stick together.

Sajar: Right now I’m in 10th grade, so Insha’Allah if my grades are good I will go abroad but I will return to Pakistan because Pakistan is my country, and I want to serve my country.

  1. Is music something you always thought you would pursue?

  1. Were you apprehensive of facing backlash from Pakistani music fans?

 

  1. What have been some of the challenges you have faced in starting this band?

Ayesha: Being young was a challenge. We were working at a platform with so many professionals who have been working since forever. They released albums before they came to Coke Studio, so there was a challenge in terms of proving ourselves.

Ayesha: Being young was a challenge. We were working at a platform with so many professionals who have been working since forever. They released albums before they came to Coke Studio, so there was a challenge in terms of proving ourselves.

  1. Is there anything you would like to say to aspiring musicians?

Ayesha: Don’t think that there’s no place for you, make a place.

Sajar: There are not always opportunities like this that come to you so make opportunities.

Eman: A lot of people believe that the arts are just a hobby but if you have that love and passion then don’t be afraid to pursue it because of what certain people may or may not say. At the end of the day it’s what you make of the opportunities that come across you. They won’t even come along if you don’t even try and push.

Contributed by:
Amal Mehboob
Amani Mehboob
Sabrina Sadat
Kinza Ghanchi

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