Pepsi Battle of the Bands
|Pepsi Battle of the Bands|
|Also known as||Pepsi BoB|
|Created by||PepsiCo Pakistan|
|Directed by||Andrew Bramley (S2)|
|Presented by||Ayesha Omer (S2, S3)|
Hina Altaf (S4)
|Judges||Rohail Hyatt (S1)|
Fifi Haroon (S1)
Shahi Hasan (S1,2)
Fawad Khan (S2,3,4)
Meesha Shafi (S2,3,4)
Atif Aslam (S2)
Farooq Ahmed (S2,S3)
|Theme music composer||Faisal Baig|
|Opening theme||"Battle of the Bands" by|
Shahi Hasan (S2)
|Country of origin||Pakistan|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||8 (S2,S3)|
|Executive producer(s)||PepsiCo: Salman Butt, Saad Munawar, Natasha Hyder, Ali Zaidi, Misbah Ghani, Shehryar Ahmed|
|Producer(s)||Shiny Floor & The Cion Collective: Saad Mujeeb, Faisal Rafi|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Production company(s)||PepsiCo Pakistan|
|Original network||PTV Home (2002)|
Broadcast syndication (2017–2018)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 2002 –|
Pepsi Battle of the Bands: Season 1 aired in July 2002 on PTV Home. The inaugural season was won by Aaroh, who beat runners up Entity Paradigm by a narrow margin. It also launched the success of many other bands who took part in the show, particularly Mekaal Hasan Band (which came in third) and Mizmaar. 170 applications were sent to the show's website out of which 70 were registered. The top 20 were selected on the basis of vocals, music and arrangements which was then narrowed down to the top 10.
The following 10 bands were selected for season 1.
- Aaroh (1st - winners)
- Entity Paradigm (2nd)
- Mekaal Hassan Band (3rd)
- Brain Masala
- The Shahzad Hameed Project
The following bands failed to make the top 10 for season 1.
- Azal (no-show)
- Just in Case
- Silence (disqualified)
- Still (no-show)
Episodes of Pepsi Battle of the Bands: Season 2 are available in broadcast syndication on television as well as put up online on Pepsi Pakistan's YouTube channel. Shortly after, the episode airs the full video performances are then put up online on Pepsi Pakistan's Facebook and YouTube while the full audios are put up on the website as well as on Patari.pk.
The return of the show and subsequent second season was revealed in early 2017. It also marked the return of season 1 winners Aaroh to the music scene after 8 years - although they had released "Mera Pyar" in 2014 with vocalist Rizwan Anwar, it received little attention. Season 2 also marks the return of Fawad Khan to music.
The promo video song was released on 22 July 2017. It featured Atif Aslam, Meesha Shafi and Fawad Khan performing a tribute-mashup of Vital Signs' "Do Pal Ka Jeevan" and Alamgir's "Dekha Na Tha"; as well as Shahi Hasan on guitars with the trio. The video also showed many young people performing which is the show's main target audience.
The Pakistani music streaming platform Patari.pk put up Entity Paradigm's debut album Irtiqa on its service along with creating "Best of Playlists" of S1 winners Aaroh as well as Mekaal Hasan Band and Mizmaar, both bands which went on to mainstream success because of S1.
Judges and host
Episode 1: Auditions round
|Naksh||Sajjad Ali's "Bolo Bolo" (cover)||positive feedback|
|Positive||Allan Fakir's "Kalab" (cover)|
|Pindi Boys||"Pindi Boys" (original)|
|Kashmir||Entity Paradigms "Hamesha" (cover)|
|Bari||Aaroh's "Yaara" (cover)||not selected|
|Madlock||"Aarzoo" (original)||positive feedback|
|Shajr||Mekaal Hasan Band's "Ya Ali" (cover)|
|Soul Anesthetics||"Kabhi Aar, Kabhi Paar" (original)||not selected|
|Aura||"Main Hoon" (original)||positive feedback|
|OB Positive||Vital Signs's "Aitebar" (cover)|
Episode 2: Auditions round & Final selection
|Ehl-e-Rock||"Junoon" (original)||positive feedback|
|Nafs||Manjihi Faqeer's "Main Shah" (cover)||not selected|
|Badnaam Band||"Alif Allah" (original)||positive feedback|
|E Sharp||"600 Saal"|
|Yoon||Amir Khusro's "Chaap Tilak" (cover)||not selected|
|Darvesh||"Sawali" (original)||positive feedback|
|Roots||"Mujhse Door" (original)||positive feedback; their performance was not aired but due to the band making it in the top 8, it was uploaded online|
The bands that were selected in the top 8 included in alphabetical order:
Positive was originally in the top 8 but were disqualified because they performed with a temporary member in the auditions round which was against the rules of the show.
The bands that were in the waiting list but did not get selected and their performance not being shown on TV or online included:
- The Grovers: Quetta Boys
- Sikandar Ka Mandar
Episode 3: Top 8 knockout round
The theme of the episode was favorite song. Each band had to perform their favourite song in front of the judges and the live studio audience. The episode started with Atif Aslam performing his new song titled "Yaad Tehari". The bands performed in the following order:
|Darvesh||Sounds of Kolachi's "Allah Hi Dega"||positive feedback|
|Pindi Boys||Vital Signs's "Dil Dhoondta Hai"|
|Aura||Alamgir's "Dekha Na Tha"||mixed feedback|
|Madlock||Entity Paradigm's "Kahan Hai Tu"||positive feedback|
|Kashmir||Aamir Zaki's "Mera Pyar"||Dubbed the performance of the season|
|Badnaam Band||"Kala Jora Pa" (traditional folk)||positive feedback|
|Shajr||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Kisay Da Yaar"||didn't manage to impress the judges|
|Roots||"Iss Baar Milo" by Hadiqa Kiani and Aamir Zaki||mixed feedback|
The bands that ended up in the danger zone were Roots, Aura and Shajr. Aura and Shajr were eliminated leaving 6 bands in the show.
Episode 4: Top 6 knockout round
The knockout round continued with top 6. The episode started with musician Sara Haider performing her new song "Zindagi". The theme of this episode was that the each band had to perform an original song in front of the judges and the live studio audience. The bands performed in the following order:
|Kashmir||"Budha Baba"||mixed feedback|
|Darvesh||"Sadaye Darvesh"||mixed feedback; they made some mistakes in the ending as noted by the judges|
|Pindi Boys||"Corina"||episode's highlight performance|
|Roots||"Khirkiyaan"||mixed feedback; the weak lyrics were pointed out by the judges|
|Madlock||"Kab Hoga"||mixed feedback; the weak lyrics and less energy as compared to their previous performances were pointed out|
|Badnaam Band||"Khawaja Ki Deewani"||performed cover in the original round and cleared.|
The bands that ended up in the danger zone were Roots, Darvesh and Madlock. Darvesh and Madlock were eliminated leaving 4 bands in the show.
- Saad Bin Mujeeb
- Faisal Rafi
- Jack Lineker
Open & Show Packaging
- Rashna Abdi
- Ahmed Aleem
- Hadi Gala
- Imtisal Abbasi
- Misbah Ghani
Music Producer: Faisal Rafi
Exec. Producer: Ali Diwan
Music Director/Mentor/Composer: Ahsan Bari
Music Director/Mentor/Composer: Faisal Baig
Project Manager: Agha Fahad
Chief Recording Engineer/Sound Designer/Audio Post Supervisor: Kashif Ejaz at The C'Ion Collective Studios
Lyricist/Consultant: Asim Raza
Assistant Producer: Daniel Hayden
Assistant Producer: Haris Noor, Quaid Ahmed
Assistant Engineer: Zyad Hussain Tariq
Mixing Engineers: Chris Bolster & Paul Pritchard at Abbey Road Studios
Mastered by: Alex Gordon and Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios
Live Sound Engineer: Obaid Haq
Chief Audio Tech: Nadeem Ducrrani & Saif Ullah
- Noor Daudpota
|4:00 PM||ARY Digital|
|4:30 PM||ARY News|
|Lahore News HD|
|Abb Takk News|
|5:00 PM||24 News HD|
|5:30 PM||Geo Entertainment|
|Awaz Television Network|
|6:30 PM||Hum TV|
|7:00 PM||VSH News|
|7:30 PM||Geo Super|
|9:00 PM||Afghan TV|
Season 2 has mostly received positive reviews. Maheen Sabeeh of The News said, "Whether the show manages to accomplish its mission statement to the letter remains to be seen but, having spoken to almost all major players in the production, it can be said with certainty that it has just the right motivation behind it and that matters more than we care to admit." The Nation wrote, "With such an eclectic mix of sounds and energies, right from the get go - we are rooted to our televisions, waiting with bated breath till the second episode of the inevitably and justifiably iconic, biggest music battle in the country; Pepsi Battle of the Bands." Vafa Batool of Pakistan Today wrote "The first episode showed how the judges focused on grossly distinct aspects of the performances. Fawad Khan preferred to acknowledge the raw live energy on stage while Meesha Shafi's focus remained largely on vocal quality. Farooq Ahmed offered technical help to the bands as a well-nuanced musician who was more concerned about improving the sounds further." Dawn wrote "Looks like we're in for a great show"
However, the second season has been criticized by some as well. Pakistani music, fashion critic and Season 1 judge Fifi Haroon on her Twitter called it "bland, listless". Speaking to Gulf News journalist Usman Ghafoor, Pakistani culture critic Nadeem Farooq Paracha said, "Pepsi is 10 years too late. When the last season went on air, the reality was quite different; we still had underground and mainstream music happening at the time. From mid-2000s on, the bands started to whittle away for all sorts of reasons — political, social, and security. Besides, today, we are talking about a different generation — not even the millennials but generation Z, the kids who were born in early 2000s or late 1990s. The dynamics of understanding and listening to music have changed all around the world. No one listens to albums or CDs now; they listen to singles and stream videos. BOTB, in my opinion, has failed to capture the imagination of this new generation."
Some critics even compared the show with Coke Studio though the comparison has been rejected by those involved with the show. Pakistani actor Shaan Shahid criticized the format of the show and said on his Facebook that Pepsi should stick to critic as Coke Studio owns the music scene. His comments received a lot of criticism.
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