Interview: Aurat

Here is proof that you should always be polite to people in public. I was buying blueberry muffins the other day and struck up a conversation with the cashier who I found out is the singer of a darkwave band in Los Angeles! I immediately asked for an interview. The band’s name is Aurat which means “Woman” in Urdu.

 

When was Aurat formed? And who are its members?
Aurat was formed right around September, its members are Azeka who is a Pakistani-American and lead vocalist and Gil who plays the bass and does all the music production for the band. Together we collaborate and work with one another to make our songs.
Do you know of any other darkwave bands who sing in Urdu?
We actually do not know of any other darkwave bands who sing in Urdu, which is why we were really excited to start this project. Aurat is very near to our hearts since we feel it is important to bring awareness to the aspects of South Asian cultures.
Is there a large darkwave or goth subculture in Pakistan? Do you have a fan base there?
I am sure there is a goth subculture in Pakistan, but with a fan base we are still trying to get our music out there. Although we have shown many of our South Asian friends our music, they all are very supportive and enjoy listening to Aurat.
Besides Band Camp where else can fans listen to and purchase your music?
Besides band camp we have our soundcloud which is: https://soundcloud.com/aurat.
Our music is also on YouTube through music pages who shared our music but have given us credit.
Also we have our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AURAT-156744144938756/
Have you performed live yet? And if so, what do you love about live performances?
We had an amazing opportunity to perform at the 4th St Vine in Long beach recently and we had such an amazing time. Aurat hopes on having a show soon coming into 2018, along with more music.
Take a listen, comment, and look out for upcoming shows!