Qurram Hussain, or Q as heâ€™s popularly known as, is a Canadian musician with roots in Karachi; heâ€™s a member of the popular bandÂ JoSH, a Montreal-based South Asian band thatâ€™sÂ a favourite amongstÂ bhangra lovers because of its fusion music of Punjabi folk with Western pop. Qurram, the official brand Ambassador for Gibson Guitars, has just released his new hit song Aaja Na in collaboration with Maria Unera, as well as the trance track Kama. Q tells Sana Zehra how he makes music
Biggest risk youâ€™ve ever taken?
Biggest risk was going into music full time and I believe that paid off so Iâ€™m OK with that.
Accomplishment youâ€™re most proud of?
I think in entertainment you have to stick with it every day and constantly come up with new ideas. Iâ€™m quite proud of that.
What potential do new singers have to make to make a change in the world?
All artists have a unique connection with everybody that they touch emotionally through their art whether itâ€™s music, etc. Singers in particular have a strong following, They get to have a voice, so if they want to be the instruments of change these are great people to look up to.
If you could play any character in any movie what it would be?
It would be a romantic lead withÂ Deepika PadukoneÂ or a villain.
Whatâ€™s your favourite TV show?
It changes quite often. If I had to name one, it would beÂ The Office (British version).
Whatâ€™s the best piece of career advice you got?
Donâ€™t give up! Itâ€™s a clichÃ©, but itâ€™s true.
No is not an option.
Something good will happen.
- l JoSH is amongst the leading Bollywood/South Asian bands in the world and has collaborated with leading international recording artists worldwide.Â l JoSH is amongst the leading Bollywood/South Asian bands in the world and has collaborated with leading international recording artists worldwide.
- The bandâ€™s second album, Kabhi, won four international awards, while the third album Mausam won six international awards.
- JoSH became the first international band to be chosen to perform in Coke Studio, Pakistan in 2009.
- In 2006, JoSH remixed Maneater and Promiscuous Girl with the popular international artist Nelly Furtado, and got world wide acclaim for it.
What are you doing right now?
Iâ€™m doing an interview for GT magazine and weâ€™re also doing promos forÂ Aja NaaÂ withÂ Maria Unera.
â€œI love that my roots are in Pakistan. People consider me a Canadian musician but in reality, Iâ€™m as Pakistani as I can get!â€
Is there any one book that youâ€™ve read as an adult that you wish you could share with your younger self?
Thatâ€™s interesting. Well, I think things happen at the right time.
To be honest I donâ€™t think that I would have appreciated something as much, had I read it or absorbed it sooner. There is a time and place for everything. So no!
How did you start believing in your own work?
Thatâ€™s a tricky one. If Iâ€™m really having a good time making a song, for example, then I think Iâ€™m doing something right.
Have you ever been offered a movie?
Iâ€™ve only been offered one role and it was really very bad part so I said no. I donâ€™t get many offers to do movies.
If you post a picture and didnâ€™t get enough likes, would you delete it?
No, Iâ€™m okay with not many likes. Iâ€™m not a like-fiend.
What was your last Google search?
It was forÂ Aja Naa. I wanted to see who was talking about it and what was being said.
Would you rather be with Angelina Jolie or Nargis Fakhri?
What is the weirdest thing youâ€™ve ever made your assistant get for you?
Canâ€™t share that here. (Laughs)
What would be your room service order on a regular day?
These days itâ€™s very healthy, silly salads and all that kind of stuff but what I would rather it be just likeÂ biryani, nehariÂ and fourÂ parathas. Unfortunately, Iâ€™m trying not to do that these days.
Would you ever wear Kanye Westâ€™s Yeezy collection?
Yeah! I wear Kanye Westâ€™s Yeezy collection.
If you could play any person live or dead who would it be?
Thatâ€™s a toughie. I would either be playingÂ SlashÂ or I would be playing some sort of villain.
Thereâ€™s a saying; â€œboys rule or they drool.â€ Which one do you believe?
They do both. I think there is a time and place for drooling and a time and place for ruling.
Spanks or no thanks?
No thanks. Be positive, be yourself.
Whatâ€™s your Iâ€™m so tough I could beat up the rock song?
AnimalÂ byÂ Pearl Jam.
What does GT mean to you?
GT means Sana Zehra. (Laughs), Good times. Itâ€™s always fun, casual and weird questions. (Laughs)