MEKAAL HASAN

Musician, Producer, Festival Programme Director, Festival Technical Head, Audio Engineer, Studio Owner, Composer, Guitar Player

Mekaal Hasan is a Pakistani musician known for his recorded and live performances with the Mekaal Hasan Band and for his recording, audio mixing and production abilities which have seen him work with leading contemporary local and inter-national artists.

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COLLABORATIONS AND PERFORMANCES

2018  Featured artist & representative of Pakistan on   Bangladeshi TV music programme “Wind of Change”.


2006  As Bassist and Guest Artist with Junoon (Pakistan) 


2005  As Guitarist with Mike Del Ferro (Holland) and CoCo York (USA). Organized by the U.S. Consulate, Pakistan 


2002  As Guitarist & Composer featuring Billy Cobham (USA) on   Mekaal’s solo album ‘Square One’


2001  As a Composer and Guitarist in a joint collaboration with   percussionist Pete Locket (UK) - Organized by The British Council


2000  As Solo Artist playing material from solo record ‘Square One’ with Uk’s Zoe Rahman, Michael Mondesir, Danny Ansell and Justin Scott, in a Pakistan Tour of Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad

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AUDIO ENGINEERING, MIXING, MASTERING AND PRODUCTION

Mixing and mastering engineer for TV show Pepsi Battle of the Bands winner, “Bayaan”, Season 4 in 2019.

Mixing and mastering engineer for TV show Coke Studio Season 11 in 2018.


Producer, Arranger and Mixing Engineer on nationally and internationally released records by Junoon, Zeb and Haniya, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Noori, Ali Azmat and Atif Aslam amongst others. The scope of the work ranges from live Qawalli recordings and Sufi Rock records to roots based folk and traditional music.

Producer Jingles and Commercials for multinational clients (Nestle, Sony Ericson, Telenor and Warid Telecom) , as well as retail outlets and stores (Sapphire, Zara Shahjehan).

Audio Mix and Mastering engineer for national channels including Indus TV, MTV, ARY’s ‘The Muzik’ and Geo’s ‘Aag TV’.

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PRODUCER, ENGINEER: ALBUMS

2014  We Are Your Friends – Poor Rich Boy 
2012  Qawalii Volume 2 – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 
2010  Qawalii Volume 1 – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 
2008  Klashinfolk - Ali Azmat
2008  Chup - Zeb and Haniya
2007  Boondh - Jal
2007  Apna Muqaam Paida Kar – Various Artists (National Sufi Council)
2007  Volume I & II – CoVEN 
2005  Peeli Patti Aur Raja Jani Ki Gol Duniya - Noori
2003  Suno Ke Mei Hun Jawan - Noori
2003  Irtiqa - EntityParadigm
2001  Ishq – Junoon 
1997  Not In Your World – CoVEN

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PRODUCER, ENGINEER: SINGLES

2019  Beykhabar – Bayaan
2018  Younhi – Atif Aslam
2018  Preacher – Poor Rich Boy
2017  Sweet Dreams – Meesha Shafi 
2017  Feeling Good – Meesha Shafi 
2008  Gallan – Ali Azmat 
2008  Aitebar – Zeb and Haniya 
2007  Sajni – Jal 
2006  Anarkali – Shoaib Mansoor 
2004  Suno Ke Main Hun Jawan – Noori 
2004  Neend Aye Na - Noori 
2003  Supreme Ishq – Shoaib Mansoor
2003  Gana No. 1 – Noori 
2003  Dil Ki Qasam – Noori 
2003  Aadat - Jal 
2003  Hamain Azma – EP 
2003  Raba – Mekaal Hasan Band 
2002  Tum Hans Diyay – Noori 
2002  Jana Tha Hum Ne – Noori 
2002  Sanwal – Mekaal Hasan Band 
1999   Buleya – Junoon 
1999  Sajna – Junoon

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FRONT OF HOUSE SOUND ENGINEERING FOR LIVE CONCERTS

2017 

Sound Engineering for ‘Art Langar Festival’ Islamabad


2015 & 2017 

Engineer for ‘I Am Karachi Music Festival’


2014 

Sound Engineering for Music Mela Festival, Islamabad


2011   

Sound Engineering for Atif Aslam’s world tour between January & October


2011 

Sound Engineering for Strings’ international concerts

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DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS

With film maker, Bilal Sami, Digital Fidelity Studios and Mekaal have evolved into producing documentaries and shorts on Pakistani culture and arts and most recently, their short form documentary, ’Dhun’, based on the life and music of folk artist ‘Ata Ullah Esa Khelvi, was featured at the Alchemy Festival in London in 2017.

https://vimeo.com/bilalsami/httpsvimeocomdhun


The two have also collaborated on documentary projects for the Pakistani government, and recently created a documentary for the World Bank on the history and culture of the Punjab in 2017.

https://vimeo.com/240433599

2015  Award winning documentary ‘Power’ by German documentary   maker Jeanny Gering, featuring music score by Mekaal Hasan

http://www.jeannygering.com/documentary/ 


2011  ‘Folk and Film Music of Pakistan’ in 2011, especially developed for a live theatrical performance at The Globe for the Cultural Olympiad 2011 in London

https://mekaalhasanbandmusic.bandcamp.com/album/folk-film-music-of-pakistan

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Movie Scores

2015  Title track and OST for ‘Main Bhi Pakistan Hoon’ 

2007   Original composition ‘Kinarey’ featured in ‘Khuda Ke Liye’ 

Theatricals / Musicals

2011    Represented Pakistan at the 2011 Cultural Olympiad by directing, composing and performing the music for ‘Taming Of The Shrew’ at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, UK.

2010    Mamma Mia – Made For Stage Productions (FOH Sound Engineer and Sound Designer)

Festival Roles & Curation

Since 2015, Mekaal has been program director and technical head of the annual ‘I Am Karachi Music Festival’ where he was in charge of curating the programming material, booking and scheduling the artists and executing the production for sound.


In 2020, Mekaal Hasan created ‘The Rivayat Series’ a performance project focused on reviving indigenous music in Pakistan.

Talent Show Judge (TV Appearances)

2008  Pakistan Sangeet Icon – Indus TV (36 Episodes) 

2006  Mobilink Jazz icon – Aag TV (12 Episodes)