Versa' was recorded in 2 studios and featured a total of 2 producers,
2 pianists, 3 bassists and 5 drummers. All vocals, guitars and rhythm
sessions were recorded by Tajik.
is entirely self-taught in guitar and vocals. He has been playing
since the age of 17.
Tajik admits that the most difficult song to write was the 7-and-a-half-minute
end track "Far From Here". Although most of the music was recorded
in 2 days, Tajik took almost 2 weeks to complete the lyrics. He
wrote the song as an homage to one of his favorite GNR songs 'Estranged'.
The first song Tajik ever wrote was 'Somebody's Son', which he wrote
for his mother who passed away in January 2009. The first song he
ever recorded professionally was 'Let it Burn' (followed by 'Somebody's
Son' and 'All in your Head'.
friend 'Mazhar Raza' decided to shoot the video for 'Somebody's
Son' immediately after shooting the video for 'Just like the Rest'.
He gave Tajik the idea to combine the footage with home videos of
Tajik's mother and family. The shoot took less than 20 minutes but
the video took almost 8 months to compile and complete.
The female voice during the intro of 'All in your Head' belongs
to 'Lindsay Lohan'.
Tajik originally wanted to record his album without vocals and audition
singers at a later stage. He later decided to sing on the album
Despite being recorded with full electric guitars, 'Just like the
Rest' was originally written on an acoustic guitar.
The album artwork was developed by Tajik's friend 'Shahzad Sharif'.
Tajik came up with the concept.
does not smoke, drink or take drugs. He believes in leading a healthy
Although Tajik was born in Karachi, Pakistan, he has lived in over
6 different countries including Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Dubai, the United States and England. He spend his senior year in
board school in the Middle East. He has a Master's degree in Media
'Vice Versa' was recorded entirely with live instruments. The only
exception was the piano.
only owns one guitar amplifier: a Marshall JCM 900 half stack. This
is the only amp he uses to record and play live with.
Amongst Tajik's favorite hobbies are steak grilling, weight lifting
and firearms. He owns a 7mm Russian-made Kalashnikov (AK47) and
a Brazilian 9mm Taurus pistol.
'Vice Versa' was never made available for sale. It was distributed
online free-of-cost. Tajik funded the entire production of the album
without sponsorship or support from a record label.
favorite song is "Beggars and Hangers-on" from the Slash's
Snakepit album 'It's five-o-clock somewhere' (1995). Tajik has never
stated which one of his own songs he likes the most. His favorite
vocalist is Axl Rose from 'Guns n Roses'.