Kashmir - The Band

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Kashmir - The Band
OriginKarachi, Pakistan
Years active2012–present
LabelsPepsiCo Pakistan
Associated actsPepsi Battle of the Bands, Acoustic Station
  • Bilal Ali
  • Vais Khan
  • Usman Siddiqui
  • Shane J. Anthony
  • Zair Zaki
  • Ali Raza

Kashmir - The Band is an alternative rock band from Karachi, Pakistan. It is the winning band of Pepsi Battle of the Bands Season 2 in 2017.[1][2][3] Formed in 2012, the band played for various shows across the country prior to PBOB. Their stage presence was one of the best among all bands, especially due to how all the members were enjoying themselves rather than focusing on not making mistakes. The band consist of Bilal Ali (vocalist), Vais Khan (lead guitarist), Usman Siddiqui (bass guitarist), Shane J. Anthoney (drummer), Zair Zaki (rhythm guitarist), and Ali Raza (keyboardist).[4] The band has won Rs. 5 million, a music album contract, concerts across Pakistan and lifetime royalties on their music from the Battle of the Bands competition leaving the Badnaam Band as a runner-up.[5] Kashmir Band won the Lux Style Award for Best Emerging Talent (Music) 2017 for their song "Kaaghaz Ka Jahaaz".[6]


Over two months and seven (weekly) episodes[7] on television and social media Pepsi Battle of the Bands[8] ended with the trophy going to Kashmir the band,[9] while the Sufi-rock band Badnaam were declared runners-up,[10] in the final conclusion of the show on the basis of public votes.[11]

Post Pepsi Battle of the Band[edit]

After winning Pepsi Battle of the Band, Kashmir released "Pareshaaniyan" and "Khwab" on 10 and 11 May 2018 respectively on their YouTube and SoundCloud channel as a part of their upcoming album.[12]

Acoustic Station[edit]

Kashmir featured in the first episode of Acoustic Station produced by Kashan Admani at Dream Station Productions and performed a rendition of their song Soch. [13][14]

Kashmir - The Band official logo


Pepsi Battle of the Bands[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Khwaab (2020)

Band members[edit]

Final Line-up
  • Bilal Ali – vocals (2013–present)
  • Vais Khan – lead guitar (2011–present)
  • Usman Siddiqui – bass guitar (2011–present)
  • Shane J. Anthoney – drums, percussion (2014–present)
  • Zair Zaki – rhythm guitar (2012–present)
  • Ali Raza – keyboard, backing vocals (2011–present)
Former Members
  • Mashhad Shahryar - Lead Vocals (2011-2013)
  • Hyder Ali - Drums (2013-2015)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
17th Lux Style Awards
2017 Kaaghaz Ka Jahaaz Best Emerging Talent in Music[6] Won


  1. ^ "The second coming of Pepsi Battle of the Bands | TNS - The News on Sunday". tns.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. ^ Staff, Images (2017-09-17). "Kashmir wins Pepsi Battle of the Bands!". Images. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. ^ "'Battle of the Bands' finale: Kashmir crowned winners, epic performances steal the show - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  4. ^ Staff, Images (2017-09-22). "We're 6 socially reserved people who just know how to make music, reveals band Kashmir". Images. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  5. ^ "Pepsi Battle of the Bands: Kashmir takes the crown, epic comeback by EP". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  6. ^ a b Staff, Images (2018-02-21). "Who won big at Lux Style Awards 2018?". Images. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  7. ^ "THE NEWS".
  8. ^ Pepsi. "Pepsi Battle Of The Bands". www.pepsibattleofthebands.com. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  9. ^ "Pepsi Battle of The Bands: How to vote for 'Kashmir' band". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  10. ^ "Pepsi Battle of the Bands: The Finalists, The Good-Bye's & our Review". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  11. ^ "Gulf News".
  12. ^ Khan, Turayl Azam (May 13, 2018). "The evolution of Pepsi Battle of the Bands alumni Kashmir and Badnaam". Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  13. ^ NewsBytes. "Acoustic Station drops a new version of Kashmir's 'Soch'". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  14. ^ Arif, Aayan (12 December 2019). "Acoustic Station Kicks Off with Soch by Kashmir - The Band". Musicians Of Pakistan.

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