Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
31 March 2022

SPYAIR Vocalist IKE Leaves Band


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Japanese pop rock band SPYAIR today announced that their vocalist, IKE, has decided to leave the group, following unsuccessful treatment for his ulcerative colitis. IKE states that the chronic disease was first discovered in summer 2019, and he eventually recovered, but it was found to have relapsed in January this year.

Since SPYAIR's formation in 2005, IKE has made his voice heard on many iconic anime series, including Bleach, Gintama, Haikyu!! and Mobile Suit GUNDAM Iron Blooded Orphans. The remaining members of the group — UZ, MOMIKEN and KENTA — will carry on as SPYAIR, though their upcoming concert dates in May and June have been cancelled.

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26 September 2014

Tetseo Sisters From Nagaland Popularize Naga Folk Music

Kohima, Sep 26
: The northeast region has produced several artists who excel in the field of music. Now, a very popular folk music band from Nagaland, the Tetseo Sisters, has taken the Naga folk music to the national and international level.

One of the most popular female bands from Nagaland, they sing songs known as "Li" (folksong) in the Chokri dialect of the Chakhesang tribe of Nagaland that tells stories of Naga people, their joys and sorrows, hopes and aspirations.

They started practicing music in their school days and have not looked back since then.

They specialize in folk music and aim to keep it alive among the youth.

"We keep travelling place to place. Eventually we have been invited for cultural exchange program and have performed at many othrs an event that's how we began our journey. As we perform more and more our identity become stronger as a folk singing group. A lot of people called us folk singing sisters on TV. Well then, we became Tetseo sisters," said Mercy, member of the Tetseo sisters.

The Tetseo Sisters comprise four siblings - Mercy, Azi, Kuvelu and Lulu.

The sisters released their first album of acoustic songs called "Li" Chapter One "The Beginning" in 2011.

During their performance they use age-old Naga string instrument known as "Tati or Heka Libuh".

They have performed in different places across the country and abroad. Recently, they mesmerized the audience at Scotland, Myanmar and Thailand.

"We have been performing for more than twenty years so we finally record an album called "Li" the chapter one along with my sisters and it consists of 12 songs. Theme of the song is about love, peace and different festival," said Kuvelu, singer of Tetseo sisters.

"We realize that our folk music is important, different and unique and it's really beautiful so our parents also encourage us a lot they taught us song, they taught us how to play Tati," added Mercy.

The Tetseo sisters are playing an important role in preserving folk tradition of Nagas and are currently working on their upcoming album.
25 June 2014

Bob Dylan's Handwritten Lyrics Sell For Record $2 Million

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The most popular manuscript ever to apper at auction, Bob Dylan's original hand written lyrics for the 1965 epic "Like A Rolling Stones", shown at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic—Getty Images

Step aside, Sgt. Pepper

Bob Dylan’s hand-scrawled lyrics for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday for $2 million, breaking the previous record of $1.2 million for John Lennon’s lyrics to The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The hand-written notes include a near-final draft of the lyrics, a few scattered doodles of animals in the margins, and most evocatively, several rhymes that never made the final cut. “Dry vermouth, you’ll tell the truth,” reads one discarded phrase, and one familiar phrase “like a complete unknown” is connected by a line to the name “Al Capone.”

Dylan wrote the lyrics across four pages of hotel stationary in mid-June, 1965, during a stay at the Hotel Roger Smith Hotel in Washington D.C., according to Sotheby’s. He later recorded the song when he was 24 years old.

The manuscript was sold as part of a dedicated pop music sale at Sotheby’s.
17 June 2014

Listen to the Shillong Chamber Choir sing 'Baar Baar Dekho' with a jazzy twist

The classic tune from 'China Town' is reinterpreted.

The country's most famous choral group is back with a new track. a reworking of the classic melody from the 1962 film, China Town.
27 May 2014

British Musician Collaborating With Naga Band

Kolkata, May 27
: After assimilating folk tunes of Nagaland in rock music to make it catchy, Alobo Naga and The Band (ANTB) is now collaborating with eminent British music producer Tim Palmer for their new album.

"We play contemporary progressive rock music but put Naga folk tunes into it because it is very catchy and sounds different," the Dimapur-based band's lead vocalist Alobo Naga told PTI here.

Their first full-length album 'All We Have is Now', due to release later in the year, will have 3-4 songs mixed and mastered by the Grammy-nominated Palmer.

Naga said folk tunes of the north-eastern state, which has a rich musical tradition, gels well with rock music and creates a distinct sound making it very popular with the youth.

Having won the 2012 'Best Indian Act' at MTV Music Awards, the band had risen to fame with their video single 'Painted Dreams' and also got premiered in Vh1 channel.

The five-member band was in Kolkata recently to participate in the '100 Pipers Vh1 Sound Nation' concert.

The lyrics of their album is based on social issues and dreams of the youth.

'All We Have is Now' is based on the prevailing political scenario in the world where the privileged class gets all the opportunities while those who work hard have to struggle for existence.

"Our another song is called 'Let Her Live'. This is against the increasing instances of crime against women and children in India. This is our way of raising awareness on the issue," Naga said.

They also have a youth anthem in the album which tries to give voice to the rights of the young generation.

"We are giving positive messages to society as music is a very powerful tool," the songwriter said.
12 December 2013

With A Loud Boom


Coming Home With their debut album. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
The Hindu Coming Home With their debut album. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Junk Rock band Boomarang talk about their dreams, music and making it big in the music scene

Some dreams are meant to come true and for Junk Rock band Boomarang, the dream of making it big came true recently. The Mizoram-based four-member band was recently selected by Universal Music for the Contra Bands Project and given a platform to spread their music to the world.
Preceded by their first single ‘Stellar’, the video of which premiered on VH1, Boomarang’s debut album, Home is scheduled to be released later this month supported by a multi-city tour across the country. The band was in the city recently to perform at the Hard Rock Café.
Comprising Atea on vocals, Boom on the guitars, Joshua on the bass and RS on the drums, the four-piece band has its roots in good old rock music infused with jazz, funk and punk with a hint of reggae.
“This is a dream come true for us. Everyone needs good Rock ‘N Roll everywhere and we are here to deliver just that,” says Atea before getting on stage for the gig.
Though relatively new on the mainstream music scene, Boomarang is no stranger to laurels, having won several national awards in addition to performing at international festivals.
They have played alongside international acts such as Korn, Lamb of God, Aurora Jane, Fire house, Tribal Tech, Enslaved, Intron out and Scott Kinsey Band. Besides this, they were also named ‘Top Ten Bands to watch out for’ by the Rolling Stone magazine in India.
Bangalore is not a new for Boomarang. “We have played several times in all the major music venues across the city. The music scene is pretty good in Bangalore,” says Atea.
Excited about their debut album, Atea gives a sneak peek into its collection. “Boomarang has been around for a while. We started in 2005 and the songs in the album have been around with us ever since we started. The album is more about our journey. It doesn’t specifically have a theme. These are songs that have our ideas, dreams and beliefs translated into music. The songs in Home are also mean to inspire people to find a new meaning in life, to serve some purpose in this lifetime and always know that when it all ends, we can finally go Home.”
The band, which started with a humble union from different bands in 2005 and doing covers of Rage Against the Machine, has now become an enterprising symbol of the new genre Boomarang loves to promote. “We don’t like to stick to one particular genre. Though its good old rock we play on stage, we like to call it ‘Junk’ so we can play whatever we want,” shares Atea.
Drawing inspiration from Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin among others, Boomarang has become comfortable doing their own songs which have a niche following already.
“When we started playing, we sounded a lot like Rage Against the Machine. Over the years, we’ve played and travelled a lot and developed some sort of originality infusing our own signature into our sounds,” Atea explains.
All their songs are purpose-driven, he says. “Boomarang makes songs that are simple but are meant to be heard and enjoyed.” On future plans, Atea says the deal with Universal was the best thing that ever happened to them. “This is what we have been waiting for. We were good and successful but never really made it anywhere. This is the perfect platform for us to go places we have only dreamt about. It’s a new beginning for us and we are looking forward to where Universal takes us.” To upcoming bands , Atea says dreams do not come true overnight. “It’s a rough journey and nothing happens instantly. You need to work hard and believe in what you do. There are a lot of troubles and sacrifices. I even quit my government job to play with the band. But that is the beauty of what we do. We are passionate about our music and believe in it. ,” he says.
10 November 2013

Korean Band Biuret To Visit Nagaland And Manipur

Korean pop rock trio Biuret will be performing in India for the first time. The tour is an initiative by Korean Cultural Centre India, in association with (for the Northeast dates) to celebrate 40 years of Indo-South Korean friendship.

The full tour dates are:

November 29 – South Asian Bands Festival, New Delhi
December 01 – Hornbill Festival 2013, Kohima
December 03 – Maramfest 2013, Maram (Manipur)

They will officially launched the most awaited Hornbill International Rock Contest at Solidarity Park, Kohima on December 1, as the national level rock music contest set to go global starting this year. This is also the first time for any K-pop band visiting the Northeast landscapes, a region where Korean wave is extremely popular. The band has previously toured UK, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and China.

The group is led by the stunning Hye Won Moon (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Songwriter), Jai Hyun Ahn (Bass Guitar) and Gyo Won Lee (Lead Guitar). Formed in 2004, the band has performed in over 600 live shows from clubs, college festivals, TV appearances, musical theatre productions, rock festivals to opening for the famous british rock group Oasis.

Biuret were the winners of SUTASI Pan Asian 2009, an Asian Talent reality-show held in Singapore. Stream their winning LIVE performance on YouTube below.

04 October 2013

Hot and High


Heavy metal With a touch of glam
Heavy metal With a touch of glam

Assamese glam/heavy metal band Filharmonix, follows genre rules by writing songs about people’s inner fantasies

When you come across an Assamese glam/heavy metal band, you make the erroneous assumption that one of their best known songs, ‘USA’, is about foreign dreams. A quick read through the lyrics will explain the real meaning, as does guitarist Anurag Saikia of Filharmonix, who are based in Jorhat and Guwahati. Saikia explains, ‘“USA’ stands for Under Skirt Adventure. We came to know that the States has the biggest porn industry. We write most of the songs about the inner fantasies of people which aren’t expressed openly here.”
After all, that’s the core essence of any glam metal band – to be brash, crass and on the lookout for anything that rhymes with it. Think bands like Whitesnake, Dokken and Motley Crue. But some might argue this kind of music – thumping drums, wild solos and pervy lyrics – belonged to the ‘80s. “Our basic genre is heavy metal with some touch of glam, which got established as heavy metal’s biggest success among sub-genres,” says Saikia, who adds: “As far as people’s talks go, we’d say it doesn’t matters what genre one goes with. What matters is how focused and dedicatedly you go on with your genre. We’d say we stand apart from what is going on in the metal scene in India right now.”
Formed in 2009, Filharmonix has members based in Jorhat, which Saikia calls the cultural capital of Assam, as well as Guwahati. They’ve had a few line-up changes straight from the get-go. “We had a nameless band and we were jamming for a contest called Phobiax (held in Guwahati). The vocalist of our band got so irritated by our jam and fun we used to have, he left the band just one week before the show,” says Saikia. Their current vocalist, Kandarpa Kalita, stepped in at that point of time. “We tried our best to act decent on the first jam day, but then we realised he was just a little more manic than us. So he just perfectly fit into the band,” jokes Saikia.
And to keep up with the game, Saikia, with bandmates Purab A. Baruah (vocals), Bedanga Sarma (bass), Kandarpa Kalita (guitars) and Sami (drums), made a strong impression in the scene with their debut album, Hot N High, in July 2011. With eight tracks of heavy metal (scorching guitar solos included), the album was a dream to release, according to the band. The release itself was a milestone, the band says. “Now we’re putting out singles since we invested all our money for that dream (of the album) to come true,” says Saikia. On the way forward, the band is now focusing on gigs, “to collect some money for the next album” considering sponsors are rare in India for a rock/metal album.
Filharmonix has behind the strong backing of a great, catchy, romp of an album that is Hot N High. “Our first thousand copies were sold out so we decided to put out the songs on the internet so that we can reach audience outside Assam,” says Saikia, adding that they are now working on their next single, ‘Devil’s Girl’ which will be out later this month. As for the already successful album and their mischievous current favourite ‘USA’, the songs can be downloaded freely from
29 August 2013

A Photographer's Take On Miley Cyrus

The marketing of Miley

By Lucas Jackson

Does anyone remember what happened during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2012? How about 2011? I would wager that the last thing you remember from any MTV video related anything would be when Kanye West walked up and snagged the microphone away from poor Taylor Swift in 2009.

Guess what, someone was counting on that this year. I haven’t a clue who, it might be MTV or Robin Thicke or most likely Miley Cyrus but someone was counting on creating one of these exciting “moments” for people to talk about the next day and boy did they hit the ball out of the park. I cover a fair amount of live music. I am not a concert photographer and I don’t go to every music festival but I cover enough to know when I see a performer putting on a good show. Lady Gaga almost always does it, she has the theatrics down.

A lot of groups who use large stage set-ups know that the show itself can be as important as the music but it would appear that the world is yet to catch up to the genius that is Miley Cyrus.

Sure it was risque but take a look at Robin Thicke’s original video from the song, Miley Cyrus’ video for her song, and finally Robin Thicke’s video for his new song that was just published and ask yourself if all of this isn’t just clever marketing?

I was in the room with my long lens waiting for something to happen and although Gaga’s performance was artistic and interesting due to the deeper meaning (starting with a blank canvas and moving through several iterations until she was standing before the audience in shells) it was not something that made for a ‘signature’ moment.

Miley provided that. As soon as I saw it I shipped the disk containing the image back to my editors in order to get that out because it was a signature moment designed to titillate and cause buzz. It was obvious, and it worked.

The VMAs are awards for the music videos that the network doesn’t even play anymore so they have to make them interesting and the mission was accomplished. I was glad that it happened early in the show so that the pictures could make it to print. There is a certain glee in knowing that you have clear and sharp photographs of the evening’s signature moment but to think that it was any more than a marketing ploy for all involved is playing right into the evil genius of the whole thing.
27 August 2013

Abiogenesis Rocks New Delhi with Naga Howey Music

Abiogenesis, the International Indian Folk fusion band mesmerizes New Delhi on 16th August at ICCR's Azad Bhawan Auditorium with their genre of Howeymusic and a new wind musical instrument invented by a band member, Moa.

Abiogenesis performing at Azad Bhawan Auditorium, New Delhi on 16th august 13

Dimapur, Aug 27 : It was raining cats and dogs at Delhi, but it did not deter the music lovers of Delhi to throng the venue to listen to Naga Howey music and see and hear Bamhum, the new Indian wind musical instrument invented from Nagaland.

At the stroke of seven on the eve of August 16, the packed crowed at Azad Bhawan Auditorium, IP Estate, New Delhi, were mesmerized by the exclusive concert by Abiogenesis.

Organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi, Abiogenesis with their two new young recruits Kora Aier, 24 on Bass and Akhiu Kips, 17 on drums gave an energetic power packed one hour performance from 7 to 8 pm with tracks from their four albums.

After they played their last song, the crowd did not disperse but demanded for more and the band obliged with "Time for a Change" from their latest album "Legacy of The Mountains" a song which tells about potholes, power cuts and even asking the people how change can come about when the mandate is already sold and even praying to God to intervene.

The band stressed that the change doesn't necessarily mean changing of leaders but reviving oneself and dedicating to usher progress and development.

At the start of the concert before the band played,Anwar Haleem,Dy Director General (AH), ICCR handed a bouquet each to all the four band members.
23 August 2013

Brandy's South Africa Concert Sees Audience Of 40 In 90,000-Seat Stadium

Brandy tried to bring her act to South Africa last weekend, but it almost didn't count.

The "Boy is Mine" singer took the stage at the 90,000-capacity FNB Stadium to a crowd of merely 40 people. Brandy was intended as a surprise performer during the music portion of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, but the surprise element didn't work out in her favor. Attendees didn't know to expect the singer, and they poured out of the stadium after a series of performers -- David Jenkins, Elvis Blue, Salif Keita and D'Banj -- played sets before Brandy.

South African singer Kabomo witnessed the travesty and had this to report:

Not only did Brandy not have viewers in the stadium, but she was snubbed on TV as well. SABC, South Africa's national channel, ended its broadcast of the music performances before she took the stage, The Guardian reports.

Although Brandy's latest album, last year's "Two Eleven," didn't chart as high as previous efforts in the U.S. or the U.K., her popularity in Africa endures, despite her latest bad news. She has performed there for years, and her 1998 album "Never Say Never" remains an R&B classic. Better luck next time, Mrs. Norwood.
15 August 2013

From Manipur Protest Band Comes A Rousing 'Lullaby'

By Gargi Gupta
New Delhi, Aug 15 : “Blood soaked streets/ That’s my ground/ That’s where I play around/ Sound of gunshots/ That’s my song...”

So go the lyrics of ‘Lullaby’ by the Manipuri ‘protest’ band ‘Imphal Talkies’ that, since its release in March this year, has become quite a hit online. Ronid Chingangbam, the band’s founder, frontman and lyricist-vocalist-lead guitarist, says he’s surprised at the response: “I’ve had people writing to me from all over, from Canada and Sweden, saying they like our music. And here we are sitting quietly in far off Imphal, making music and putting it up on the Internet. It’s very encouraging.”

‘Lullaby’ talks about the situation is Manipur: the long-standing insurgency and the army’s brutal repression of it, particularly through the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). Most of the band’s songs deal with the experience of living under the shadow of the gun, of people being kidnapped or killed, and women raped. There is anger, of course, in their songs but also pathos and biting satire. An early song is cheekily called ‘AFSPA (Toilet session with Netbook and 50RS condenser mike)’ and ‘Qutub Minar’, another huge hit, tells an elaborate story about lifting the 12th-century monument, the icon of Delhi and carting it off in the Assam-Avadh Express to Imphal, in order to place it next to the Samu Makhong sculpture there. 

Keith Wallang, founder of Springboard Surprises, a Shillong-based company that manages several musicians from the North-east, says that while there has been an explosion in rock bands from the region, no one is doing such baldly political stuff, or hitting out at the army excess as Akhu, as Chingangbam is known everywhere. “Back in Manipur, people are so caught between the police and politicians that they have no voice. It is perhaps because he was away in Delhi that Akhu could be objective about the situation here.”

But not all the songs of Akhu, who formed Imphal Talkies in 2008, have to do with Manipur. ‘India, I see Blood on your Hands’ talks about everything from Kashmir and Narendra Modi to Binayak Sen and the salwa judum, and the recent release ‘Song for Bangladesh’ expresses solidarity with the Shahbag protesters.

It was as a PhD student in JNU, Delhi that Akhu first began making music, spending half his scholarship money to record his first song. “There was just me and my guitar in my room,” he says, only a little fancifully. It was also here that he gained a following, with gigs at university campuses, then small concerts, followed by more established venues such as Blue Frog and NH7 Weekender.

Has there ever been a problem at any of his shows, I ask him. “No, not really,” he says, sounding a little uncertain. “We were dropped from a few concerts in Guwahati and once, after I had performed ‘India, I see blood...’ at a college in Pune, a few students came to me and said that I should not sing such songs. And yes, the students of Manipur University asked me not to perform ‘I want to go to Moscow’ at a recent concert.” (‘I want to go to Moscow’  talks about an army camp inside the university.)    

It is, thus, ironical that Akhu has moved back to Imphal this month. “Our music is not something that is commercially viable. You just don’t earn enough to survive in a place like Delhi. In Imphal, I have a house. I don’t have to struggle, except for the political turmoil. Besides, I have applied for an asistant professor’s position at the National Instituteof technology here. Hopefully, I’ll get it.” And Delhi is just a flight away.

Junk Band Boomarang Wants To Work with Vishal Dadlani

‘Aizawl’, ‘Mizoram’ are not names that one would be familiar with unless you’re a fan of home-grown blues and rock music. Boomarang, a four member band from Aizawl, Mizoram in the north eastern region of  India, has come a long way since covering angst ridden American band Rage Against the Machine’s numbers and playing their first gigs (including the Great Indian Rock- GIR) in 2007.

Today the quartet, which plays ‘JUNK’ rock (a blend of Jazz, Funk and Punk music), and considered one of the country’s best rock outfits, is on the verge of hitting big time. Their single ‘Home’ from Luke Kenny’s ‘Rise of the Zombies’ has been well-received. caught up with vocalist Atea for a free-wheeling chat about the band, their philosophy and healthy disregard for Bollywood music.

A little about the genesis of your band- members/ music influences and style
We are a four-member band- PB Lianmawia (Atea) on vocals, Lalruatliana Hangsing (Boom) on the guitar, Joshua Zoramliana who plays bass and  Rosangliana (R.S.)  on the drums.
We first started out covering Rage Against The Machine at a small gig in our home town, Aizawl, back in 2005. What was thought to be just a bunch of guys jamming some of their favorite covers quickly discovered their potential as a band. We started out writing and playing our own music and soon won several competitions and awards.

Our sound is a mixture of some of the greatest elements of music ranging from Jazz to Punk, Blues to Metal, Reggae to Funk, etc. called, “JUNK” since it’s basically a blend of Jazz, Funk and Punk. Anyone who loves music can always relate to the unique diversity in the sound of Boomarang.

How has the going been since Boomarang came into being?
We first launched an EP called, ‘Rhythm Of A Revolution’ back in 2005. We had released some few special edition CDs for some promotional uses. Our first album (a self titled album which we always wanted to launch ever since the band started) is expected to come out soon this year.

We always thought that we're doing this band on part-times but we never really had time to do anything else. Ever since we played GIR 2007 in Delhi, gigs and shows never really stopped coming. We're not that busy a band, but we have been traveling reasonably often. So, I guess Boomarang can be considered as a full-time band.

Fast Forward to 2013:  How was your experience working in  ‘Rise of the Zombies’? Is this your first project with a film?
We were stunned to learn that one of our latest songs, ‘Home’ was picked for a film by Luke Kenny. ‘Rise of the Zombie’ is a very interesting film; it is fresh, original and very different from any of the Indian films ever made. We were always hoping for a film like this to come out. We are truly honored to be a part of this project.

Zombie is our second project with a film, our song ‘Stellar’ was also used in a South Indian film, a couple of years ago.

What was the brief for the background music/ song- Rise of the Zombies?
Luke Kenny is always taking steps towards promoting independent Indian films and music. The band had met Luke a couple of gigs before 'Rise of the Zombie' was made. He had seen and heard us play a couple of times and I guess he liked the song from those events. Our part of the project was simple: Home was a song we've already written and we were asked to put the song in the film.

Do you think the Indian audience is more open/receptive to independent music- beyond Bollywood music?
We are not a very big fan of the whole Bollywood scene, so we don't have much of an idea, but it is kind of obvious the majority of the Indian audience is inclined towards Bollywood music.
The North east has strong musical roots, it is usually limited to the region. Do you think there is a need to expand the region’s musical reach to a larger audience?

The North east has a rich taste in both Western music and original roots as well. We need some means to reach a larger audience.

How open would artists be to incorporate ‘Indian’ sounds and styles?
A Fusion of Indian Classical Music with some Western Electro/Funk/Rock etc. is always very classy and interesting. But the typical Bollywood style of pop flavored, dance with lame English lyrics is always a failure.

Any similar projects in the pipeline?
No film projects are currently in our list. But our long awaited ‘First Album’ is soon to come out.

Given a chance, would your band be game to compose/ perform a Bollywood item song? Any artist/ composer you’d like to work with?

If we were to cover a Bollywood song in Bollywood style the answer is a Big NO!
If we were asked to write/compose a song for a Bollywood movie in our own style, the answer is YES! Pentagram's Vishal (Dadlani) would be very interesting to work with.
06 June 2013

On A Musical Rampage


  • Special Arrangement Rock 'n' Roll band Rampazze. Photo: Anand Gogoi
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    Special Arrangement Rampazze logo

Nicky Jatin Sharma talks to the vocalist/guitarist of Delhi-based band Rampazze, which believes in keeping the rock ‘n’ roll roots alive.

How did Rampazze come together?
We came from North-East India for pursuing our graduation in Delhi and that’s where we met. Our common interest towards similar kind of music brought us together and we started jamming during the weekends. After a few jam sessions we were ready to perform at gigs and that is how Rampazze started.
Tell me about your music.
We play rock ‘n’ roll; hard rock with a bit of modern touch.
Musical influences…
Influences range from The Beatles to Foo Fighters. The music industry is variant and colourful and there’s a lot to learn from almost everybody out there. Individually, we all listen to many different music and are influenced by various artists. As a band we love AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many classic rock and rock ‘n’ roll bands. Everything started from rock ‘n’ roll; that is the root of hard rock and heavy metal.
Most recently, our debut music video Inspiration was aired on MTV Roots and was declared Winner of the Best Music Video at the 5th International Documentary & Short Film Festival. Besides, we'd won most of the competitions we participated in colleges and all of us have won individual awards like best guitarist, vocalist and drummer in many competitions. We opened for Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall in IIT Kanpur in 2008. We have also headlined many college festivals and other shows across the country.
Touring the country…
We can probably call ourselves lucky to have had some top flight gigs and headlining tours under our belt. We have toured almost the entire country over the last six years, and played in all the major cities. Our strongholds are in the Northeast and Delhi/NCR, but we have also performed in Chennai four times (World Music Day 2008,Unseen Underground Pub Fest in Star Rock, June Rock out and Unseen Underground Ragnarok’08) and we have a great fan base in this city. People here respect rock ‘n’ roll music even though there are many heavy metal bands and they are very friendly people.
Is there something about your band that you would like people to know?
Maybe the fact that none of us is a trained musician. We are all absolutely self-taught musicians who have never gone for any formal music classes. But I do not think it’s that important. What’s important is that we have released two music videos — Inspiration and the crowd favourite Cheap Liquor... Wicked Hangover. Watch, enjoy and share.
Listen to Rampazze here @
07 December 2012

23 Best Music Videos Of 2012

The most innovative, clever, beautiful, and bonkers clips of the year.

23. Sigur Rós, "Fjögur Píanó"


22. Odd Future, "Oldie"

21. Jack White, "I'm Shakin'"


20. Flying Lotus, "Tiny Tortures"

19. Grizzly Bear, "Yet Again"

18. Lana Del Rey, "Ride"

17. G-Dragon, "Crayon"

16. Killer Mike, "Big Beast"

15. Father John Misty, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"

14. Fiona Apple, "Every Single Night"

13. BigBang, "Fantastic Baby"

12. El-P, "The Full Retard"

11. Skrillex, "Bangarang"

10. Perfume Genius, "Hood"

9. Drake featuring Lil Wayne, "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"

8. Hot Chip, "Don't Deny Your Heart"

7. Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

6. Grimes, "Genesis"

5. St. Vincent, "Cheerleader"


4. Aimee Mann, "Labrador"


3. Psy, "Gangnam Style"

2. Danny Brown, "Grown Up"

1. Chairlift, "Met Before"

9 Bands To Rock For Hornbill Finals

Nine bands- 24 x 7, Pune; Ably, Mizoram; Gingerfeet ,Kolkata; Clueless Attention, Nagaland; Dosser’s Urge, Shillong; Four Fields, Nagaland; Adam’s Apple, Darjeeling, West Bengal; Titans ,Tura ,Meghalaya and Black Rose, Nagaland will battle it out in the finals of Airtel Hornbill National Rock Contest (HNRC), 2012 on Friday evening, which would start at 5 p.m. at IG Stadium, Kohima.

Day 3 of the competition witnessed three competing bands- Black Rose (Nagaland), Reverse Polarity (Mumbai) and Street Stories (Shillong).

As a special act, Divine Connection and Incipit treated the audience with their enthralling performances.

Judges of the contest are Deepak Castelino from Delhi and Thejove Medeo and Andrew Ngully (both from Nagaland).

Further, it has been informed that the sound check would start at 11 a.m. on December 7. On the grand final day, gates will open by 4 p.m. at IG stadium and it will be free entry.  It may be mentioned that altogether 22 bands from across the country has been taking part in the rock contest.

The week-long contest is a part of the annual Hornbill Festivalorganized by the state government’s Music Task Force (MTF), department of Youth Resources and Sports and the event is managed by XL.

26 November 2012

Why Do American Singers Sound British?

Blame the Beatles.

The Beatles (from L), John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney.
From left, Beatles John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney in April 1964 Photo by AFP/GettyImages.

For the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, English singer Adele recorded a song with the same name. Though Adele speaks with a strong London accent, her singing voice sounds more American than British. Why do British vocalists often sound American when they sing?

Because that’s the way everyone expects pop and rock musicians to sound. British pop singers have been imitating American pronunciations since Cliff Richard, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones began recording in the 1960s.* These musicians were largely influenced by the African-American Vernacular English of black American blues and rock and roll singers like Chuck Berry, but their faux-American dialects usually comprised aspects of several American dialects. Imitating an American accent involved both the adoption of American vowel sounds and rhoticity: the pronunciation of r’s wherever they appear in a word. (Nonrhoticity, by contrast, is the habit of dropping r’s at the end of a syllable, as most dialects of England do.) Sometimes Brits attempting to sing in an American style went overboard with the r’s, as did Paul McCartney in his cover of “Till There Was You,” pronouncing saw more like sawr.

Linguist Peter Trudgill tracked rhoticity in British rock music over the years and found that the Beatles’ pronunciation of r’s decreased over the course of the 1960s, settling into a trans-Atlantic sound that incorporated aspects of both British and American dialects. The trend also went in the opposite direction as new genres developed: American pop-punk vocalists like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day took on a British-tinged accent to sound more like seminal artists such as Joe Strummer of the Clash. Contemporary singers continue to adopt various accents according to their genre; Keith Urban, who is Australian, sings country music with a marked American Southern accent. A recent study suggests that the default singing accent for New Zealand pop singers utilizes American vowel sounds, even when the singers aren’t trying to sound American, perhaps because today’s singers were brought up listening to American (and imitation-American) pop vocals.

Even when singers aren’t trying to imitate a particular vocal style associated with a genre, regional dialects tend to get lost in song: Intonation is superseded by melody, vowel length by the duration of each note, and vocal cadences by a song’s rhythm. This makes vowel sounds and rhoticity all the more important in conveying accent in song.
19 November 2012

Boomarang Releases Album, Rock Hanoi

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Ranjit Rae releasing the first Boomarang Music Album in Hanoi, Vietnam

Boomarang Rocking in Hanoi, Vietnam

Rockers Rules the Day in Hanoi, Vietnam
05 November 2012

Boomarang To Go Live in Hanoi For Diwali

Indian rock band Boomarang will perform live in Hanoi, Vietnam on 17th November, 2012.

More details will be published...Will keep you Posted
14 September 2012

In India, the Music Fest Comes of Age

By Isha Singh Sawhney

Crowds at the NH7 festival 2011 in Pune, Maharashtra.

Courtesy of Kunal Kakodkar
Crowds at the NH7 festival 2011 in Pune, Maharashtra.

Music festivalgoers in India are a happy lot these days. After spending the last decade looking enviously westward, and bemoaning the lack of Coachellas and Glastonburys at home, festival options now crowd India’s social calendars.

Revelers can pick from travel-worthy destinations including a desert, an oceanfront, the ubiquitous Indian hill station and a handful of cities. For example, would you rather be: drunk on rice beer in Arunachal Pradesh’s beautiful paddy fields with the Radiohead-inspired singing of Sky Rabbit’s lead, Raxit Tewari, or wine-soaked in the vineyards of Nashik, fueled with copious amounts of live music from another Tewari – Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family?

India’s music devotees are hopeful that the shoddy organization and short performer lineups that once characterized music “festivals” here are a thing of the past.

“The term ‘music festival’ was often misused by Indian promoters,” said Arjun S. Ravi, a festival fixture and an acerbic music critic who runs the webzine Indiescision, which is sponsored by the music site NH7. Any event with “two or more artists on the bill, cheap drinks and a willing club” was billed a music a festival, he said.

But in recent years, professional management groups have been putting together smoothly run, skillfully executed festivals, like Only Much Louder’s highly successful NH7 Weekender in Pune and Invasion in Delhi, Bangalore and Pune and Percept’s Sunburn, a three-day electronica festival, in Goa.

Competition among these groups has meant more “long-term planning and better curators and audiences,” said Vijay Nair, Only Much Louder’s chief executive. “People now expect all the things that come together to make a music festival,” he said, including big lineups, multiple stages, film tents and food courts.

The Indian music industry’s newest bedfellows, big corporate sponsors, have helped make these expectations possible. For years, big brands in India feted only Bollywood and cricket. Now they have “woken up to a large demographic of the youth that’s finding Bollywood crass,” said Ankur, the front-man and lyricist of the indie-rock band Ghalat Family.

It helps of course that surrogate-advertising laws ensure that festivals are the only (and probably coolest) way alcohol brands can advertise. For liquor companies, sponsoring music festivals and concerts is a way to tout their wares without violating the 1995 Cable Television Network Act, which bans advertisements that “promote directly or indirectly production, sale or consumption of cigarettes, tobacco products, wine, alcohol, liquor or other intoxicants.”

“The greatest boon to the music industry has been the ban on alcohol advertising,” said Anup Kutty, Menwhopause’s bass guitarist.

Mr. Nair estimates that endorsements from alcohol sponsors account for about 60 to 70 percent of festival revenues. Finding a music festival to append to their name gives big brands much more mileage than any tie-ups with soda companies or releases of music compilations on compact discs.
More bands and better financing sources leads to more festivals, said Lalitha Suhasini, the editor of Rolling Stone India. She said organizers are now also offering audiences an entire new festival experience, which could involve “backpacking to a hill station for a festival to getting a band tattoo at a tattoo stall in the festival bazaar.”

Mahesh Madhavan, president and chief executive of Bacardi South Asia, which is the chief sponsor of the Invasion and NH7 events, said the liquor brand has longstanding ties to music in India, dating from the 1990s, and has brought international bands like Bob Sinclar, Flo Rida and Basement Jaxx to the country.

Mr. Madhavan wouldn’t give exact budgets earmarked for festivals like NH7, but said that a festival costs “anything between $800,000 to $1 million.”

Bacardi paired an individual brand with each festival it sponsored: Dewar’s scotch with NH7 Weekender in Pune, which featured mattresses in the sun and slow, acoustic music, and Eristoff vodka at Invasion in Noida, Pune and Bangalore, which featured electronica, laser lights, the dance music group Prodigy and the D.J. David Guetta.

Musicians like Mr. Kutty of Menwhopause say they have also found friendly governments as sponsors. He has enlisted the Arunachal Pradesh Department of Tourism for the Northeast’s first big mainstream music festival, Ziro. The founders of the Ragastan festival in Jaisalmer are partners with Incredible India, the central government’s tourism campaign.

Still, a handful of festivals remain proudly independent, eschewing sponsors altogether, like Happily Unmarried’s Music in the Hills, which celebrate its eighth year this April. Happily Unmarried avoids sponsors to keep the festival small and focused.

To help you decide where you want to wear your neons/Wellies/Ray-Bans and wave your lighters and jump around in mosh pits, we have listed the festivals of the season.

Ziro town in Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh.
Courtesy Ziro Festival of Music
Ziro town in Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh.
What: Ziro
Where and when: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, Sept. 14 to 16
Tickets: A three-day pass is 2,500 rupees ($45)
Getting there: By bus or taxi from Itanagar, by rail from the North Lakhimpur Railway Station, or by air from Guwahati.
Ziro will see local bands and big names from across the country come together for what’s being touted as the Northeast’s first music festival, in this green hill station. Expect performances from Digital Suicide, Dirty Punk, Vinly Records, Alisha Batth, Trisha Electric and Peter Cat Recording, among others.

Partnered with NgunuZiro, which works for the sustainable development of Ziro valley and empowerment of local communities, the festival promises to respect local Apa-tani tribe ethics. Sponsors are the state tourism board and local businesses. Food stalls by Apa-tani tribe villagers will offer dishes like fermented bamboo, many kinds of meats and many more kegs of rice beer. Of the 2,000 expected attendees, most are likely to come from the northeast.

What: Sunburn
Where and when: Delhi, Unitech Golf Course and Country Club, Noida, Oct. 7; Goa, Dec. 27 to 29
Tickets: Regular ticket 2, 500 rupees and VIP ticket 6, 000 rupees for Noida
With the dance music evangelist Nikhil Chinapa at the forefront, Sunburn kicked off in 2007 on Goa’s Candolim beach as a three-day festival, and since then the festival attracts over 100,000 people each year. This year, the festival has been on the move, first to Mumbai in April, and then Delhi and Colombo, Sri Lanka, in October.

Previous Sunburn lineups have included big acts like Axwell, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Pete Tong and Infected Mushroom. Expect magnificent pyrotechnics and trippy visuals of the Delhi audio-visual deejays BLOT, both in Noida and Goa.  This year’s big names include Dutch deejay Afrojack and German EDM deejay Moguai, other than Indian heavyweights Jalebee Cartel’s Arjun Vagale and Ash Roy and DJ Pearl .

What: Bacardi NH7 Weekender
Where and when: Noida, Ground D, Budh International Circuit, Oct. 13 to 14; Pune, Amanora Park Nov. 2 to 4; Bangalore, Dec. 15 to 16 (venue to be announced)
Tickets: For Delhi tickets will cost between 1, 500 and 3, 000 rupees for Pune and Bangalore tickets still to be announced.
Getting there: All three cities are well connected by air, road and rail.
Now in its third year, the NH7 Weekender is expanding to Delhi and Bangalore despite skepticism by festivalgoers that the event can be successfully repeated outside of Pune. Delhi, in particular, has gained a reputation for mishandling big concerts by international artists like Bryan Adams, Akon and Metallica.

But Mr. Nair of Only Much Louder said he believed that the best crowds will be in Delhi. The company has also promised that no acts will be repeated in the other cities.

In Pune last year, more than 25,000 people visited five stages, featuring everything from punk, metal and electronic dance music to folk rock, dubstep and acoustic gigs. NH7 Weekender’s last act has usually been headliners like Imogen Heap and Asian Dub Foundation.

This year one more stage, Fully Fantastic, has been added in homage to the great ol’ Daddy of Indian rock who passed away earlier this year, Amit Saigal.  The lineup includes the Kaiserdisco, Solstice Coil, Parikrama. Shafqat Amanat Ali and the Music Basti Project.

The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Keith Bedford for The New York Times
The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
What: JodhpurRIFF
Where and when: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Oct. 26 to 30

Tickets: Full donor passes are available for 4,900 rupees here
Getting there: Regular flights, trains and buses to Jodhpur.

High up in Mehrangarh Fort, this folk music festival brings bands from Egypt, Paris and San Francisco together with the most formidable names of Rajasthani folk music. The festival is made for those who love the idea of an innovative mélange of jugalbandi (literally “entwined twins”, an Indian classical music term for a duet) collaboration, under the backdrop of the year’s fullest, brightest moon.

What: Ragasthan
Where and when: Kanoi Village, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Nov. 16 to 18.
Tickets: 4,000 to 5,000 rupees
Getting there:Regular flights, trains and buses are available to Jaisalmer.
Harley bikers and buses of artists will head to the rolling sand dunes of Kanoi Village, where local Rajasthani folk musicians and experimental artists from all over the world will enthrall attendees against the awesome backdrop of Jaisalmer’s desert.
The festival, attracting an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people, features three stages, the Morio Main Stage, Ammara Electronic Stage (complete with visual performances with dancers and artists) and a World Stage (collaborations with different embassies include music from Iceland, Britain and Norway). Visitors will be able to stay in tents in the desert, go stargazing and enjoy a nighttime movie at the Ujalo film tent.

What: Lost
Where and when: Pune, Nov. 23 to 25; Delhi, dates to be announced
Tickets: To be announced
Getting there: Regular flights, trains and buses are available to Pune.
The Bollywood actor and nightclub owner Arjun Rampal and Shailendra Singh, an executive with the marketing giant Percept, have joined forces to create the Lost festival. The two are major players in the country’s music scene, having brought Lady Gaga to India’s first Formula One race in December and the Sunburn festival to Goa.

Though not much has been announced about the lineup at Lost, Mr. Rampal promises this festival will be that “light at the end of the tunnel” for “rock stars and musicians in this country that are lost and don’t have anything to do.”

Despite all that rhetoric, if Mr. Rampal’s and Mr. Singh’s track records are anything to go by, we’re sure Pune is in for another winning festival. Promising 50 artists over two days including 20 international artists, the Lost festival will move bag and baggage (installations, artwork, everything) from Delhi to Pune. Word from the organizers is that they’re hoping their very deep pockets might attract the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins, Jesse J or Porcupine.