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Message from Mekaal
"Digital Fidelity Studios was founded by me in 1995 and was home to innumerable recording artists and musicians. This studio played a huge role in the music industry and brought forth trend setting sounds and styles, shaping the musical landscape of Pakistan from the mid 90’s to date. This studio has now been reduced to ashes due to an electrical fire and we need your help to rebuild it.
Digital Fidelity Studios (DFS) is rich with musical history and its rooms have seen everyone from solo artists to rock groups, to classical maestros and onto the current crop of hip hop artists. Many have made their start in the music industry here, and many established names have also had a long association with the studio.
Today this space, which has brought so much wonderful music to the people has fallen silent. We need your help to rebuild this iconic studio, so that it continues to contribute to the musical landscape of our country.
The damage is devastating because the fire destroyed close to 30 years of precious and costly equipment, (speakers, subwoofers, computers, drives, recording preamps, soundcards, mics and much more) including of course the structure in which all these were housed. Additionally, we've also lost a studio which was a go-to rehearsal space for bands and artists, including my own group, Mekaal Hasan Band.
Only with your help and generous support, can this much-loved studio be rebuilt."
Digital Fidelity Studios (DFS) also launched the start of the careers of many artists, quite a few who went on to becoming mainstream icons. Nationally and internationally released records and singles by Junoon, Zeb and Haniya, Noori, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, 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.
Below is a (very) abridged list of all the incredible albums and singles that have been produced at DFS over the years:
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
2015 Mekaal Hasan Band – ‘Live at Baroda’
2014 Mekaal Hasan Band – ‘Andholan’
2010 Mekaal Hasan Band – ‘Saptak’
2004 Mekaal Hasan Band – ‘Sampooran’
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
We're estimating roughly 60,000 to 65,000 USD to acquire the equipment and instruments lost in the fire and another 30,000 to 40,000 USD to rebuild the structure and wiring to get DFS back to a functional state.