It is a daunting task to write an introduction of a band like Sonic Flare. Simply because, over the years, it has had many beginnings. So may be it makes sense to start at the very beginning.
Let me take you back to the time in the mid 90s when Neeraj and Jongky were wandering aimlessly around the streets of Tumkur as engineering students. For the folks who do not know, Tumkur is a little town tucked away in the back of beyond. Due to a serious lack of social life and also potential eye candy, they decided to engage themselves in something more serious and less frivolous than an obtaining an engineering degree. In time, they became a part of the college band which shot their stud status to dizzying heights – in Tumkur, that is.
A few years later, a scrawny pimple faced teenager sauntered in to the same college. The young and impressionable Ajit was captivated with the demigod status of Neeraj and Jongky – in Tumkur, that is. He was determined, he wanted some of the action for himself. Ajit went on to form a band of his own, and soon another band was thrown in the face of the hapless, unsuspecting engineering students of Tumkur.
Unfortunately you can only take so many years to complete an engineering degree, however hard you try. Four years later, they came out of college armed with an engineering degree in one hand and a guitar in the other. It soon became obvious to them that the degree had more weight and thus music was put on the backburner for a while as they got busy in their respective jobs.
Soon enough, to the shock and dismay of no one in particular, the monotony of a ‘regular job’ set in. And what else did they do but turn to music. This was the second beginning. Martin an old friend from another engineering college in Tumkur (where else) joined the trio as vocalist. A massive hunt for a drummer was launched via advertisements on the internet. Elaborate auditions were planned for the anticipated response.Only one person queued up outside the house for the job. Needless to say, he was selected. And thus,Vinay Raghavan aka Vinay,Vinnie,Rags made his grand entry and Sonic Flare was born. This was 2002.
The band began jamming in Neeraj’s house regularly when Martin moved out of the city for professional reasons. And you would think that this long story comes to an end here. Alas!! No such joy. Yet another beginning right here. Vinay roped in Saurabh as the vocalist and in a few years time, the band carved a name and space for itself in Bangalore. Things were finally falling in place when suddenly Saurabh decided to take a break from the band to pursue an MBA. This was circa 2009.
Vinay, in the short span of five long years, had assumed the position of problem solver, manager, gig magnet, carpet duster and the like. With his vast network, he was able to convince the young and effervescent Priyanka to join the band as a guest vocalist till the time that Saurabh got back. Priyanka apart from hugely shifting the average age of the band to the right side of 30, managed to infuse a new freshness to the sound of the band. Soon enough, the band had a huge fan following and were performing in prime venues in Bangalore. Rags soon roped in Nikhil as a vocalist to perform with the band. Apart from further shifting the average age to the right side of 30, Nikhil brought in a new zest to the band. Needless to say, Sonic Flare as it stands now is getting more and more popular with the crowds and the road ahead surely looks promising.
You would think that this long story would end here, right? Wrong. Sonic Flare has just begun !
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