The Vinyl Records (aka TVR), is a four piece girl band based in New Delhi that came together in February 2010. The band was formed by Banu, Minam and Mithy, all from Arunachal Pradesh. The final touch of the band came when they were joined by the present vocalist and keytarist Cheyyrian Bark from Assam in January 2011. The band has never looked back ever since taking the indie music scene with a storm!
The Vinyl Records (TVR) are making a whole lot of noise all their own, exciting the ears of Times of India, India’s Rolling Stone, RSJ, Tehelka, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazine editors (who have featured TVR on their pages) in the process. Taking cues from musical inspirations such as CSS, The Clash, The Strokes and the B-52’s, TVR love to put on a show!
TVR had themselves featured on MTV India’s F1 Rocks show in 2011, were among the 15 finalists of Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds, a nationwide rock talent hunt, in 2012. They have performed at premium shows such as the Ziro Festival of Music, Puma Loves Vinyl, The LOUDEST Gig in Delhi, etc. TVR represented the state of Arunachal Pradesh in a 7-states-7-songs anti-drug compilation called 7X7 released by BASIC. The band is currently finishing their debut EP and will tour across 4 India cities in August 2013.
Bobkat (Bob Omulo) is a veteran MC and DJ originally from Kenya, his destiny led him onto the Mumbai scene over 12 years ago. Formulating his lyrics and sound around the rhythms of his life, Bob brings a distinctive flavor to the dance-floor. Levin (Levin Mendes) & Ruell (Ruell Barretto) are the original founders of Bombay Bassment and have been active on the Indie scene for the past 8 years!
With 15 years of experience, Chandu (Chandrashekar Kunder) started off as a resident DJ at landmark clubs in Mumbai and is currently the co-producer of Bombay Bassment along with Deep, founder of Indiaudio (an Independent music label). Bombay Bassment is an urban outfit made solid by 2 Goans, 1 South Indian & 1 African. This eclectic mix of artists has led to a sound that defines the grass roots of each, the outcome of which is an upbeat blend of Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae, Funk & Drum ‘n Bass. Despite different cultural n hence musical backgrounds, the band still manages to pull off a sound that cuts through every soul.
Clown with a Frown is India’s premiere Brass Rock Bangalore formed in August 2011. Known for their energetic, colourful and funky performances ranging from modern alternative to old school funk with elements of rock, blues, jazz and pop; they describe their sound best as Pop/funk/jazz fusion rock.
Clown With a Frown is fast growing as an icon in India’s music scene. Their repertoire includes their own compositions as well as a variety of covers ranging from funk to classic rock, with their own twist to it. The Brass section adds an interesting aspect to their music, and as proved to be a huge hit among their audiences.
Live Banned was formed in the autumn of 2010 when Amrit and Dheeru decided to create a sound that was unique and entertaining by bringing in their varied musical influences and styles and exposure to Indian film music. The idea took shape when Dhruv and Siddhart joined them and after months of experimenting with various genres and jamming with new bassists, the band played its first show in June 2011. What started off as a mash-up/parody band evolved into one that gives equal importance to original material. Live Banned’s first single and music video ‘The Auto Tune’ was released in April 2012 and also won the best music video award at the Radio City Freedom Awards held in Mumbai this year, making it one of the most popular videos by an Indian band in 2012. After a few changes in the line-up since their first show, the band now has Sridhar Varadarajan and Raveesh Tirkey taking up the guitar and bass duties respectively.
Within a year of the band going live, they emerged as one of the most popular and entertaining acts in the country, striking a chord with the young and the old alike, with over 75 shows to their credit. Live Banned was conceptualized primarily as a live act that is also popular for the wacky sense of dressing and humour.
MoonArra world fusion band, an amalgam of Indian Classical, Jazz and World fusion music streams, has performed at some of the biggest and significant International festivals such as the Asiabeat Anthology Launch 2012, Delhi Jazz Festival 2012, Java Jazz Festival 2009 Indonesia, Bangkok Jazz festival 2010 Thailand, Little India inaugural in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in 2010, significant festivals in India like the Fireflies Festival, MadFest Ooty, Bengaluru Habba, Fete de La Musique, Tribute to Legends concert featuring Loy Mendonsa and very recently at the World Jazz Day in Goa
• Jagadeesh M.R – Nylon and Electric guitars
• Prakash Sontakke – Vocals, Hawaaian Slide Guitars
• Madhuri Jagadeesh – Vocals, creative narration
• Karthik Mani – Drums, Percussion, Konnakol
• K.N. Prakash – Electric Bass
MoonArra continues to collaborate and work with guest musicians and instrumentalists featuring and fusing new styles and influences to enrich the music and the experience.
Kaivalyaa was founded by brother and sister, Pathikrit and Anuja with a few friends in 2008 with a vision of creating a sound that is blend of various musical influences including Rock, Blues, Jazz and Hindustani Classical Music. Soon they started participating in the various competitions in and around Kolkata and began to get noticed chiefly for their original sound. In the subsequent years Kaivalyaa participated and won prizes at prestigious contests like IIT Kharagpur Springfest, IIM Kolkata Armageddon, NUJS Kolkata Outlawed, Times Youth Festival Kolkata, Hornbill Festival Kohima etc among others. Their high point came with their appearance in MTV Rock On Season II 2010-2011, where they finished Runners Up. Their typical but unconventional arrangement of popular Hindi tracks ( as per the format of the show ) brought them appraisals and admiration from the national audience as well as the eminent judges like Pritam, Rahul Ram, Salim Sulaiman and Kunal Ganjawala. Ever since Kaivlayaa has been touring and performing around the country.
Kaivalyaa has been continuously experimenting with various musical elements in their sound and evolving as musicians . The band has recently undergone a few changes in its line up and modifications in its musical approach. Kaivalyaa is currently working on its self produced debut album, from which a Single – A Pennyworth of Wishes has already been released to a positive response from the audience.
Kaivalyaa currently are…
Anuja Datta Majumdar : Voice – The face of the band, Anuja is a powerhouse in a small frame. She is trained in Hindustani Classical Music, Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary music. More often than not, she would invariably bag the “Best Vocalist’ award at competitions. Anuja also has a post-grad degree in Psychology.
Pathikrit Mazumder : Voice, Bass Guitar, Programming – He is the backbone of the band, writing most of its songs. Despite being trained in Hindustani Classical Music, Pathikrit has an unorthodox and non-conformist take on music and life as a whole. Apart from being an accomplished singer, Pathikrit is a self taught Bassist and Sound engineer.
Sandip Baksi : Piano, Keyboards – Sandip, the newest member in the line up, brings in grace, color and poise to the sound of Kaivalyaa. An eighth grader pianist, Sandip is a multi-instrumentalist – his territory encompassing the Slide Guitar and Tabla along with various key instruments.He is also a sought after Music teacher in Kolkata.
Kaivalyaa is accompanied in the studios and on the stage by :
Surojato Ray : Tabla, World Percussion – Surojato Is an accomplished Tabla player who also plays more than eighteen types of percussion interments from all around the world
Mohul ‘Dodo’ Chakraborty : Guitar – Mohul is a prominent session musician in Kolkata.
Gravy Train is a rock n roll/alternative/blues band from New Delhi. Formed in december 2012, this band has already been making waves in the music scene. 4 friends with varied interests come together to make good music and voila you’ve got the gravy train!.
They have been performing at numerous venues and festivals like the Escape Festival, World Music Festival. This new band has definitely been striking the right chord with their music and are soon releasing it too.
We are an Indian Folk Electronic Ensemble from Kerala, South India. Vidwan is an initiative to present music with no boundaries, and for the band to bring together their collective influences from all over the world and manifest it in music.
All members of Vidwan are from different musical backgrounds, all combined to form a unique flavour of music that pleases everyone. We strongly believe that good music speaks for itself and one doesn’t really need to know the language to enjoy it..
Vidwan comprises of 6 members :
ANOOP MOHANDAS : Lead Vocals
YAKZAN GARY PEREIRA : Keyboards & Synth
TAO ISSARO : Percussion
BEN SAM JONES : Bass Guitar
VIVIAN VARGHESE : Acoustic Guitar & Traditional Percussion
MILAN CHERIAN : Backing Vocals & Manager
The Shakey Rays are a four piece independent Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Chennai, India. Songwriting duo Dhruva Gautham and Vikram Kannan disbanded their first band, Easy Street, and got together with drummer Niranjan Swaminathan to write songs raw and rooted in Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, exploring various arrangements and musical patterns – with an approach that is fresh and contemporary.
Teh band released it’s debut album, ‘Tunes From The Big Belly’ and toured the country with guest bassist Tiburtius Rubin in July 2012. The band is currently in the process of recording singles for immediate release, and have begun work on their second album. Their songwriting sensibilities draw from the ancient traditions of Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Swing, and are presented with the aggressive energy and attitude of Garage Rock and Punk. The live act is explosive and impulsive, setting the band apart in the Indian Indie circuit.
One Nite Stand is India’s Pop/Rock sensation popular for their unique high-energy “Dance-Rock” music. Known for their lively and energetic performances, this is a band that is now recognized as one of India’s most touted young bands
The band has performed at various Music festivals, Award Ceremonies and College Festivals and seem like the preferred choice to perform at several Fashion shows such as Manish Malhotra and Rocky S among others.
With a growing number of fans, especially girls, the band never fails to surprise an audience and ensures that they stay hooked right through the show! The crowd and fan following that they have slowly but steadily built up over the years is also widely varied, with people being anything between 16 and 70 years, and the after-effect of most shows is usually a number of encores, resulting in a “One Nite Stand” that’s totally worth it.
‘The Down Troddence’, popularly known as ‘TDT’ is a six piece Folk – Thrash Metal Band, originally from Kannur district in Kerala, India. The band currently consists of Munz (Vocals), Varun Raj (Guitar), Nezer Ahemed (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals), Sushin Shyam (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), Ganesh Radhakrishnan (Drums), and Advaith Mohan (Guitar). The band has just finished recording its debut album, which is expected to be released October 2013. It is being produced by Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor). TDT has seen enormous success in the Indian metal scene following the release of their first music video for the song ‘Shiva’. It even receieved the ‘Best Music Video’ award at the IdieGo Music Video Awards in 2011. The band has gigged extensively in South India and is poised to take a giant leap forward with the launch of their debut album.
TDT has always been noted for its unique blend of conventional Thrash and Groove Metal with a large dose of traditional Kerala folk music elements, art forms such as Theyyam in particular. The band also incorporates a lot of traditional folk sounds and instruments in the form of ambient layers in their music. Rhythm structures used in their songs too are primarily inspired by folk music.
Lyrically the band has a strong philosophy of talking about inequalities and injustices which are ever present in India’s social and political systems. A common theme in their music is the effort to project the voice of the under-privileged and down-trodden people. Another big influence on the band has been the Malayalam Folk Rock band Avial (band), who also speak about similar themes in their music.
Lagori makes music that reflects the face of the modern Indian youth. This Bangalore-based band combines Indian classical melodies and inflections with Rock music, resulting in an interesting mix that is high on energy, while being catchy and soulful at the same time.
Pronounced ‘La-go-ree’, the band gets its name from the popular street game played in south India. The band is fascinated by the rich diversity of culture that exists in the country — especially the evolving definition of what it means to be ‘Indian’. Having grown up in the cosmopolitan city of Bangalore — a city that is a melting pot of cultures, ideas, languages and beliefs — Lagori’s music reflects the varied influences of each band member, culminating in unique, fresh and honest sound. In a short time, their music has won them a growing and passionate fan base, both online and offline.
The band’s live act is an energetic 90 minute performance that includes material from their first album, sung in Hindi and Kannada (the language spoken in Karnataka, the band’s home state), and interesting covers and mash ups of music they are influenced by. Lagori has currently released their first studio album online and is looking at an official release this may/June.
Like most bands that started in college, Grey Shack’s first ever ‘gig’ was a city wide competition organized by The Unwind Center in Chennai, way back in September 2007. We were two weeks old then and we happened to win that competition. Ever since, we knew we had something good going on and for the next two years, Grey Shack took the country by storm by winning a lot of competitions, including placing second at Strawberry Fields ’08 in Bangalore. Five years, including a two year sabbatical and a few line-up changes later (we’ll get to that some other time), we have finally released our debut album titled ‘Step Outside’.
It has been a year since we released Step Outside, which was a very rock and roll record, with some of our newer influences affecting and shaping the sound that you heard on the CD. We are currently in the process of recording a second set of songs which will probably be released in the near future as an EP, which is the result of some very spontaneous ideas that we had in the practice studio. The new sound is raw, a lot more organic, and a lot more energetic, making performing them live an absolute treat for the band and the audience!
Grey Shack is
Rohan Sen – The Vocalist
Vikram Vivekanand – The Guitarist
Conrad Simmons – The Bassist
Hudstin Fernandez – The Drummer
Black Letters is a high energy and fast paced rock act from the land of Backwaters, Coconuts, Toddy and Fish Curry – Kerala. A four piece band known for its infectious energy and significantly variant song writing, Black Letters is often compared to a high speed train.
With a wide variety of shows ranging from pro-shows to music festivals and pubs to hotels as well as lots of high profile competitions in the bag, they’ve proven over and again that they can captivate and satisfy any audience.
Playing styles vary from classic Rock & Roll to alternative Rock, Blues rock to desert rock and post punk. Whatever the genre catchy melodies and a tight groove are common elements in every song.
The Bicycle Days are an alternative band based in Bangalore, India.
Calamitunes their first LP is the expression that contains their perception of the contemporary world.
The Bicycle Days are:
Karthik Basker : Vocals / Samples
Rahul Ranganath: Guitars / Samples
Ramanan Chandramouli :Guitars
Shreyas Dipali: Drums
De’SaT is a Humanitarian Band trying not to only Save our Future but to Save our Race. De’SaT was formed in September 2010 Officially. As the individual tastes of the band members began to merge, they started to Focus on one particular Genre. Experimental Progressive Metal. With a wide range of Influences and Inspirations from Local and International acts they began their awesome Journey together. In the span of 3 years, they have overcome quiet a few challenges and made it to the main stream of the local music scenes. After launching their Demo CD on the 22nd of June 2011, and quite a couple of lineup changes, it was smooth sailing for the band with the present lineup. After which, De’SaT Headlined shows at various places In India and also various other Corporate Shows.
Mumbai-based Sky Rabbit (formerly known as Medusa) defines their sound as electronic/alternative. A formidable quartet of Mumbai’s most gifted youth, Raxit (Vocals/Samples), Rahul (Guitar/Samples), Siddharth (Bass) and Harsh (Drums) have stumbled upon something unique, merging electronica with indie and post-punk styles.
In 2008, Sky Rabbit was selected as one of the four bands in India to be part of British Council Soundpad, where they got a chance to record two tracks with legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Verve) at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. After which, in 2009, they performed at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton and continued their UK tour to Cardiff, Oxford, Liverpool and London. They were also nominated for the JD Rock Awards 2011 in 4 categories including ‘Song of the Year’.
Their debut 9-track album is a set of tightly constructed tracks that blend synthetic textures with more organic instrumentation, creating a sound that is bold, experimental and ultimately captivating and addictive. The album was also nominated for the ‘Rock Album of the Year’ award for the GIMA Awards.
Sky Rabbit seems to have become a favourite after playing at some of the biggest festivals in the country such as NH7 Weekender, Live from the Console, Ziro Festival of Music, Ragasthan and India Bike Week. The band has recently released a new 5 track EP titled ‘Where’.
Raxit Tewari – Vocals & Samples
Rahul Nadkarni – Guitar & Samples
Siddharth Shah – Bass
Harsh Karangale – Drums
Nasi Campur is a multi- cultural, mixed – genre band based out of the Island of the Gods – Bali, Indonesia. Each of the 5 band members originate from different countries – Tanzania, Australia, India, Israel and Indonesia. Their music is an eclectic mix of reggae, middle-eastern fusion, afro-beats and rock and roll, certain to make you shake a leg or two. Nasi Campur is the winner of the 2013 Battle of Bands held at Bali. This young band believes in music for social change, compassion and peace. Their message, beats and grooves have earned them considerable popularity in the Bali music scene.
Isami Rashid – Vocal and rhythm guitar – Easily identifiable as the guy with the afro in the band, Isami is a proficient vocalist, marimba player and rhythm guitarist. He has played with reknowned acts including Supa Kalulu and Susu Ibu, and currently sings and plays guitar for Nasi Campur.
Achyuth Jaigopal – Lead guitar – An emerging musician from Kochi, India, Achyuth has made his mark as a fingerstyle, classical and electric guitarist playing and working with world renowned artists in his field. He believes in music for change and has performed at large concerts promoting social causes, and raised money for NGOs through his music.
Daisy Sampson – The sole female member of the band, Daisy from Australia, makes her presence felt by capturing audiences with her powerful voice. Winner of the Best singer award at B.I.S, she sings as the lead vocalist for Nasi Campur
Jessye Carmi – Bass – Jessye plays bass, marimba, beatboxes, DJ’s and even is a rapper. Nasi Campur wouldn’t be the same without his groovy bass lines. He is also part of the band Supa Kalulu and has taken part in music festivals across Indonesia.
Rai Goler – Percussion – From Bali, Indonesia, Rai plays various instruments like the tradition Balinese gamelan, marimba, cajon and djembe among others. He also plays for the band Supa Kalulu apart from lending beats to Nasi Campur.
All 5 band members have collaborated their different cultural and musical backgrounds and experiences to create the unique sound of Nasi Campur.
Sean Roldan, also known as R Raghavendra, a professional Carnatic classical musician, had love for blues and country music styles when he was growing up, started developing an original style in song writing and guitar playing with a blend of Indian folk, American country blues, acoustic funk and classical melody influences
The band “Sean Roldan and friends” is an acoustic setup with Roldan on lead guitars and vocals, Pradeep on Slide Guitars, Mani on the bass and Praveen on the percussion, who are one of the most leading performers and session artistes in India. The group has a completely new approach to sound and artistic expression, blending the south Asian and western ideas in the craziest possible fashion
Begun with the intent to promote the blues as a genre in today’s rock and metal dominated Indian music scene, Blues Conscience began its journey to rediscover and reintroduce the blues back in 2008. Blues Conscience’s founding members Aum Janakiram and Anek Ahuja awere quick to recognize the dearth of blues in the live music scene in their hometown of the coastal South Indian city of Chennai, and roped in Naeil Smith on the drums, along with saxophone player Maarten Visser. They were joined by Siddharth Kumar on the keyboards shortly thereafter, completing the power quintet line-up. After having recorded a demo EP in 2010, Blues Conscience was lauded for their refreshingly original style and cheeky lyrical work with songs like Kamasutra, Shaggin’ Ma Dog, and Obama receiving high praise from music aficionados, the press, and laymen alike. The band, in 2012, brought on board L.A.-based guitar virtuoso and producer Ed Degenaro to begin working on “Down and Dirty”—the official Blues Conscience album with 14 original songs and collaborations with some amazing blues musicians.
Anek Ahuja – Bass & Vocals A true blues lover who was born into the blues at a very young age, Anek sings and plays bass while keeping things as simple as they are in the blues. Heavily influenced by Buddy Guy and Joe Cocker, their styles of singing shine through in Anek’s renditions. A captivating performer, Anek’s cheeky act entertains audiences thoroughly, keeping them constantly connected to the blues that the band plays.
Aum Janakiram – Guitars & Vocals Aum sure is a quiet guy in person, but an electrifying opposite of that when he gets up on that stage. Fueled by the volume of his amplifier and the blues in his soul, he can drive an audience crazy. Also sharing the microphone with Anek, Aum’s been making sound waves since the age of 12, playing with numerous bands and international tours under his belt. Aum has learned how to move in and out of many genres, but he always brings it back down to the blues. Some of the influences you’ll find in Aum’s style of playing are from Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Neil Smith – Drums Keeping it simple, Neil has, over the years, earned himself control, a unique style and the heart that keeps the band’s groove and intensity. A drummer who loves to constantly improvise and add a spicy twist to his drumming, some of Neil’s influences include Ringo Star, Steve Jordan, and Steve Gadd
Siddharth Kumar – Keyboards With influences similar to the band , Sid has embedded himself in the roots of the blues ever since he can remember, and has added a unique melodic dimension to the sound of the band. Siddharth also plays with Udaan and Jack, Johnnie and the Ol’ Monk.