This is the commercial clone of the band SKRAT from Chennai. We are a cover band who cover a wide range of Genres from Country and pop to Classic rock and hard rock. Anything from The beatles to U2.
In 2006, A band called Skrat was started in Chennai India. They played predominantly Original music. As people know this is no good to your wallet. So as a financial solution they turned to selling out to be able to eat.
PARA VAYU , evolved from the earlier known rock band VAYU around since 1997, explores various genres of music like classic rock, jazz rock, blues, funk, alternative, fusion et al. Their music and compositions cater to a widely spread audience of all walks of life and they always manage to cast a spell on the listener with their unique sound, choice of instruments and song arrangements. Log on to www.paravayu.com and get a taste of PARA VAYU.
A mythical bird that is a fire spirit builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises, reborn anew to live again.
This signifies the choice of the name for the band which has members from prominent bands, current and past, reborn anew to bring life to Classic Rock and Reggae, genres favored most by the pub going crowd of Hyderabad; also staying true to the band member’s musical roots.
Badri: A truly versatile musician who has the ability to play any instrument, finally settled on the drums, as the original drummer of Alteregoz, now as the mainstay on the skins for Phoenix. Has been Hyderabad’s best known drummer for over 20 years.
Keith: Lead guitarist for the band, also has played with known bands like Stratus, Alteregoz, and Street Lethal. He works as a live/sessions musician for the south Indian music fraternity and has performed with various music directors like Ramana Gogula and Nihal.
Ruben a hectic lifestyle of vocals in Bangalore had him seeking quieter pastures; Hyderabad brought the urge to sing back and Phoenix was waiting to cradle him back to rebirth.
Ankita: Vocals her forte, also plays keyboard among the many other instruments. Also works as a music teacher in a school.
Lokhi never say die attitude at 56 has seen him form the best bands Hyderabad has known. Bass guitarist for over 20 years for bands including Katalog, 40 year itch and Alteregoz, his one wish is to play bass till he is buried in his bass guitar case.
Pranati: Rhythm guitarist for the band gives the support required. She has also played with known bands like white noise.
The members of the band have a natural love, feel and strength in performing Classic Rock and Reggae with a vast song list that features the best recording artists known.
In mid 2008, singer 2Blue and guitar player Claver got together to form Zedde. A li’l over a year later, their first single ‘Mumbai’ won the prestigious ‘Anthem of the Year’ title at the world’s largest indie music awards: AVIMA 2010. Zedde attributes this recognition to their undying passion to perform original music while carrying forward the legacy of their hard rock predecessors. Their songs are now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and are fast gaining popularity as caller tunes on the Indian cellular network [sms ZEDDE to 54646 for details]. Let’s just say it is their inimitable style of music that entitles Zedde as Mumbai's best shot at the resurgence of Rock N' Roll. Stay tuned.
2Blue – Vocals
2Blue is a dynamite on stage. With influences of Ian Gillan, Joey Tempest, and Gary Cherone, he has enthralled fans wherever he has performed. In the words of his fans, "That voice is liquid gold!"
Claver – Guitar
It took two decades of obsessive practice and the influences of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Paul Gilbert to transform Claver into the guitar virtuoso that he is today. Watch him play. Enrich your life.
Akashdeep – Bass
Akashdeep’s influences, from Billy Sheehan to Jaco Pastorius, have brought a new dimension to Zedde. Also a fine guitar player and vocalist, he has more surprises up his sleeve than meets the eye.
Trevor – Drums
Influences of Alex Van Halen and Dave Lombardo are unmistakable in Trevor's playing which boasts his command over odd-time phrasing. It's a wonder that he's a drummer only by accident.
Funky. Groovy. Eclectic. Vicious. Happy. Mellow.
Furious. Quirky. Angsty. Bouncy. Think of a musical recipe which has a healthy dollop of all these ingredients and you’re thinking The Circus. A band that believes in ferocity of intent and perfection of execution, and an absolutely take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to their original music. The eldritch, beaming wails of Abhishek Bhatia guitar attack of Arsh Sharma, the ridiculously funk-tastic bass work of Abhinav Chaudhary and the tireless groove machine of Anshul Lall put together create some of the most refreshing and original music to emerge out of the Indian
subcontinent in years. Live, they are the essence of what rock and roll is all about, and bring the fun and decadence that has all but died out in a scene where bands sound increasingly manufactured in an attempt to be appreciated. The Circus are none of that. This is no-frills rock and into their existence. With a debut full-length album scheduled for imminent release, the band is set to go places. You would be wise to show up at the next gig.
Over the years the Indian sub continent has been brewing quiet a few underground rock bands, and in the summer of 2005 Chennai gave us Junkyard Groove. Ameeth Thomas, Siddharth Srinivasan and Craig Maxworth got together almost randomly and realized that they had something to contribute to the world of Indian Rock and Roll.
Ameeth started of his music career fronting a few other bands before Junkyard Groove, as was the same with the other guys. Siddharth the youngest of the lot played with bands that found there roots in classic and funk rock covers. Craig entered the music scene with a band that was pretty much a ‘Rage Against The Machine’ tribute band.
Maybe your reading this to find out more about Junkyard Groove. Or maybe you already know what ever you need to know about them, from Myspace and Facebook. Maybe you’ve seen them live at a few local rock competitions. Maybe you’ve seen them win every one of them. Maybe you’ve jumped around to their music at shows like ‘Rock In India’, ‘Channel V Launch PAD’, ‘Strawberry Fields’… etc Maybe you got a little to drunk and passed out before they finished their set. Maybe you heard of them when they opened for the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. Or maybe you just came over to watch Iron Maiden and Incubus. Maybe you’ve listened to their music online and liked it. Maybe you hated it. Maybe you’re sick and tired of waiting for their album to come out. Or maybe you felt better when you heard that the new GNR album might beat them to it.
With their fourth birthday around the corner Junkyard Groove is going through a lot of difficult negotiations to get their Album out. The Music is good but the Music Industry is not such a pretty picture after all. But never the less the album would be out eventually, and we would all go back home with smiles on our faces.
Who knows maybe they’d be in your city next weekend, and maybe there just might be a lot of alcohol around, and maybe you just might pass out before they finish their set. If that happens this has been a brief overview of the madness that is Junkyard Groove
ABOUT THE BAND:
The Local Train's meteoric rise to fame can only be credited to their crisp fresh originals and a clean new sound that is becoming a rage all over the nation. Formed in 2009 the members of The Local Train were all professional musicians looking to come together and create something special, which is exactly what they did. In a short span of two years they have numerous shows under their belt having headlined festivals for IIT Roorkee, FrameFlixx Goa, RIMT Punjab, Amity University amongst others.
Choo Lo their first original was an instant hit and is the recipient of a National Award conferred by Nagesh Kukunoor.
Nagesh Kukunoor on Choo Lo "A good tune either grabs me or it doesn't - it's a very instinctual thing. Later you can analyze it and break it down. The tune of this song grabbed me on the first pass. I like Choo lo because it reminds me of 70's and 80's rock ballads (REO Speedwagon, Boston etc) combined with a nice dose of Indianness."
is the frontman for the project. His gifted voice and his flair for lyrics has been earning him accolades year after year. Having started his formal training in music in Ambala, his shift to New Delhi 5 years ago jump started his career in music. Starting out recording for Studios, Raman has now dedicated himself entirely to his project. His vocal stylings have been appreciated in the HINDI FILM INDUSTRY AND NAGESH KUKUNOOR adjudged his talent with his voice as the best in the Rhythms Valentine Competition.
The drummer of the band is the prodigy who took the professional circuit by storm when he started playing professionally 7 years ago. Picking up drums at a tender age of 5 he went on to turn his passion into his dream career. Having cleared his Grade 8 Certification from TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC, LONDON he has gone on to play sessions for SUBHASH GHAI’S AUDEUS STUDIOS in Bombay and is recognized for his work all over. His working and knowledge of his instrument has been appreciated by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter Quartet, Virgil Donati, Wolfgang Haffner, Pierre Favre and many more international Grammy winning artists.
The bassist of the band has been playing bass professionally for the last 5 years and has played with various projects all over India. Ramit started playing guitars at a very young age and from winning innumerable competitions to playing professionally, he’s made his mark in the Industry. He played on the COLORS TV Show IDEA ROCKS INDIA where his playing style was appreciated by Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Bappi Lahiri to name a few.
Paras Thakur on the lead guitars adds the final touch to The Local Train’s ensemble.
This young guitarist dropped out of a prestigious engineering college from the North to pursue his dream and went on to become the youngest Indian to secure admission in Musician's Institute Los Angeles. He found his true calling with The Local Train and now professionally composes and plays with the Band.
Some people say they sound like, Creed yet some say they feel like, Nirvana!!
Some say they rock like, Alter bridge and some say they knock like Metallica!
We like to call them "Bull Engine"
‘Bull Engine’ came into play during the summers of 2008. The lineup consisted of 4 members and the entire gang was religiously influenced by ‘Nirvana’ and the psychedelic Grunge vibes.
After juggling through various shows and gigs around the town, the boys finally found their rhythm guitarist. However, the journey didn’t last for long and band landed back to the square one, with the trio (Parikshit, Yatin & Rohit). But now there was no more looking back! The trio decided to christen themselves by the name of “Bull Engine".
The following next years from 2007-2008 the band started getting some fan following but there was still time for them to shine. Even though the band had already tuned out at “CRI-2007,” that still didn't bring any luck. After a while the band moved into the “ground zero” zone and was inactive from January 2009 till July 2009.
The gong struck once again and this time with a bigger BANG! The boys got together and made a satisfactory comeback by winning “Battle of Bands at SRM” University, Ghaziabad. Immediately, the band pulled up their sock and put down the co*k* and schooled the town with their psychedelic number, by playing at various gigs. Not only did they gain attention but they started a revolution of their own. The journey of the fan followers began and the music and the love started to spread.
The band knew the time has come and the 3 men army deployed themselves on self compositions. Apart from their focus on improvising as musicians and still doing covers like Metallica, Nirvana, Bon-Jovi, Nickelback, Iron-Maiden, Alterbridge, G ’n’ R etc. the band had achieved a respectable position in the “Rock Charts of Delhi”. Don’t believe us….well relieve yourself:-
- Winner at SRM University, Ghaziabad
- Performed At Select City Walk Saket for the Brand Name 'Tissot' for CWG 2010
- Performed at Pragati Maidan for Govt. Organization PCRA, Composed the Title track
- Selected for the Unseen Underground Pub Rock fest 2010
- Runner up of CRI 2007 Zonal Heats
- Headlined at Cafe Xtreme, Shillong
- First runner-up at Global School of Science, (Saket)
- Winner of Genero 2010 at ABES Ghaziabad
- Winner of Distortion 2010 at VIPS, New Delhi
- Runner up of IIM Indore 2011
- Quarter finalist at Hard Rock Cafe Battle of Bands 2011
- Performed at Boogaloo Café, New Delhi
- Performed at Attitude Cafe, Gurgaon
- Performed at Chicane pub
- Performed at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad
- Performed at Leon's Club, Gurgaon
- Performed at Cafe Morrison, New Delhi
- Performed at Cafe Oz, New Delhi
- Performed at Café Mozart, Gurgaon
- Performed at Peddlers, Chandigarh
- Performed at Turquoise Cottage, New Delhi
- Performed at Blues – Connaught Place, New Delhi
- Performed at Kyra Theatre, Bangalore
A 1000 HP engine that generates 700 PS of Musical Power. Or better still "THE GRUNGE DRIVERS”. Essentially, a 3 cylinder (member) engine, Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome…..
Parikshit Soni - Vocals/Guitars - The headlights, handle bars and the front tyre….
Yatin Sharma – Drum/Back Vocals – The fuel tank, engine and the gears….
Himanshu - Bass/Back Vocals – The rear tyres, suspensions and the indicators…..
The reason we don’t have BREAKS, is because we don’t believe in STOPPING!
Genre: Garage / Alternative Rock
Band Bio: Jekyll & Hyde are a Bangalore-based garage rock outfit formed in September '09. With all members from MSRIT, Bangalore, they broke out onto the scene by being placed 2nd in their debut show at Ambedkar Medical College and subsequently going on to win in almost every major college fest in the Bangalore scene. They have also played in the prestigious Freedom Jam in its 2010 edition. The band has played in about 30-odd gigs across South India, in the past year.
• The band's original "Two Timin' Bitch" has found a mention in The Indian Express who published an article on the RITM fest, Bangalore Revamp '10.
• Ashish, the owner of one of Bangalore's well-known pubs "Legends of Rock" (Kormangala) had this to say on his facebook page after J&H played at LOR's Sunday Night Live -
“As a grunge band Jekyll & Hyde has a definitive style of their own. A good way to go forward. Nice and tight with good attitude. Keep on rockin’ fellas”
• Vilasini Muralidhar, critic at www.headbangers.in - one of India's most well known websites on independent music reviewed the IIT-M show in which J&H played and said -
“ According to me, Jekyll and Hyde were one of the best bands of the day – very fresh, very tight and good fun to watch live”
The full review can be viewed at this address - http://headbangers.in/saarang-2011/
[click on prelims review]
Influences: Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives, Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Wolfmother, Soundgarden
Anant Sharma – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Kaushik Shekar – Lead Guitar
Raunaq Kapoor – Bass
Joshua Noronha – Drums
Jekyll & Hyde on facebook – www.facebook.com/jnhindia
One Nite Stand is a Bangalore-based band, comprising Behram (Vocals/Bass Guitar), Hemanth (Guitars), Neville (Piano) and Abhilash (Drums).
A journey that began back at the end of 2007, but is nowhere near coming to an end, One Nite Stand are growing in stature with each passing day. Known for their lively and energetic performances, this is a band that is now recognized as one of Bangalore’s most touted young bands.
Depending on the venue and requirements, their shows cover a variety of genres ranging from Soft Rock to Rock n’ Roll, throwing in some Reggae mixed with a little Contemporary and some Retro, a touch of Blues, a shout of Pop and even a bit of some thumping Disco! 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 Night Stand that's totally worth it.
Known to bring an original twist into each track, the band never fails to surprise an audience and ensures that they stay hooked right through the show!
After having a good amount of experience and a good number of shows under their belt, the guys from Bangalore are always looking to push for more! One Nite Stand plays regularly at clubs around Bangalore like Hard Rock Café, Fireflies, Kyra Theatre, Opus, Opus in The Creek, Herbs and Spice, Love Shack, UB City, Bacchus, F&B, Take 5, Paparazzi, Pebbles, Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds, etc. and also in cities across India.
In addition to the above concerts, the band has also been roped in to play at a leading girls’ college in the city. Usually, a band that calls itself One Nite Stand might not be the ideal choice to play at a girls’ educational institute but this explains the rising number of female fans the band has developed over the last one year.
Besides the club shows around the country, the band is always looking to perform at parties, events, pre / post wedding parties, etc and are slowly building up a good reputation for this as well. Companies such the UB Group, Kingfisher, Black Dog, Red Bull, Jameson’s Whiskey, Absolut Vodka and Pearls to name a few.
Their first major gigs include sharing the stage with Australian Cricket Superstar, Brett Lee, The White Shoe Theory and Lucky Ali. Alongwith these, the band constantly performs at corporate and wedding parties as well as being chosen to play at The Great Indian Octoberfest , an event where only the leading artists from around the country like Neha Bhasin, Shaan, DJ Aqeel & DJ Pearl to name a few, as well as some International acts like Lacuna Coil & Bedouin Soundclash are chosen to play each year!
Despite being primarily a cover band, One Nite Stand has become the first Indian band to have caught the attention of a leading record label from the United States and are now looking to take things a step further. The band is now in the process of recording their debut album, which will include some songs written and composed by the band itself. The aim is to get an even better response for this album and hopefully one day in the near future, push on to the International level.
One Nite Stand is driven with passion, energy, ambition and above all, a love for music and performing in front of thousands of people! After being recently featured in Newspapers such as Times of India, Bangalore Times, DNA, Deccan Chronicle and Indian Express, the band is confident that more opportunities and doors will open for them in the near future on the national and international stage, and are looking forward to grabbing these opportunities with both hands and pushing ahead!
THE GALEEJ GURUS – A Profile
The Galeej Gurus are a band that believes in exploring music and also to have as much fun as possible doing it.
They have been on the circuit since 2000 & played over 500 gigs within & outside the country.
After over nine years of touring and performing, the Galeej Gurus are working towards the release of their debut album in the first quarter of 2011.
The Galeej Gurus, in 2008, won SHAMAL - Dubai’s very own International Battle of the Bands and performed at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival (Asia’s Largest Music Festival) alongside Velvet Revolver, Muse, Korn, Machinehead, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying & Slapshock.
In India, the Galeej Gurus have also opened for legendary rockers such as MR. BIG & Deep Purple.
The band believes that their music genre can’t be classified; however critics have classified the band’s music as Indie, along with a host of other genres such as Alternative, Funk, and Blues-Rock. In the music of The Galeej Gurus, one can see such diverse influences as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Deep Purple.
Originals: The band’s acclaimed originals include such popular numbers as Full Meals by the Wayside, Believe in Tomorrow, High Above, Better When Blown, Make Some Noise, Physiological Breakdown and several others.
THE BAND MEMBERS
Nathan Lee Harris - Singer / Song Writing / Lyricist. The voice of the band, Nathan was the Galeej Gurus’ original drummer. After juggling between the sticks and his vocal chords for nearly six years, he is now the band’s frontman. He has proven his worth as a good showman and has crowds delighted with his wacky, witty and wild showmanship on stage.
His influences include RHCP, Gun 'n' Roses, Bon Jovi, Prince and Robbie Williams.
Nathan currently works at Microsoft as a language specialist. He also likes to dabble in Intercultural and behavioural skills training too.
Matthew Harris - Bass Guitar. A thoroughly experimental bassist, Matthew has been teasing the lower octaves for around 10 years now, and is the backbone of the band. Being a fan of rock & modern guitar funk, most of the Galeej riffs and runs originate from him and his constant concern is finding new ways to present Galeej compositions.
Matthew also runs an Event Management firm.
Ananth Menon - Guitars / Vocals. Along with Nathan and Matthew, Ananth is the band's third founding member. He has been playing the six strings for more than 8 years, and is particularly fascinated with the blues. He enjoys all sorts of music and has even been briefly involved with commercial Tamil and Telugu cinema music . He draws influences primarily from the blues and rock and roll era, although he is also an avid listener of Indian classical music.
Naveen Thomas Joseph - Guitars. Generally acknowledged as the most technically proficient and savvy musician in the band, Naveen has played with the popular Chennai band Molotov Cocktail and Bangalore - based Parousia. He has a reputation as one of the finest guitarists in Bangalore city and is heavily influenced by progressive rock, Jazz Fusion and Funk music domains.
His influences include: Dream Theater, T.O.P, Symphony X, Iona, Killswitch Engage, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Muse, Pain of Salvation, Pearl Jam, Porcupine Tree, Steely Dan, Sting, Tool, Toto, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse, Scott Henderson, Andy Timmons, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Greg Howe,
Kishan Balaji – Drums.
Kishan is influenced by a wide range of music and he particularly appreciates the idea of “free style improvisation.” A full time musician by occupation, he is also the drummer for the popular bands Caesar’s Palace, Bhoomi and Extinct Reflections. His jazz influences play a big role in his technique on the skins.
Girish and The Chronicles were formed on 18th of octber 2009 in Gangtok, Sikkim (India). Already gaining some reputation as one of the fine rock singers in the country, through You Tube (Search Girish Pradhan), Girish Pradhan formed this band with a motive to revive Hard Rock, Slow Rock, Blues Rock and Heavy Metal. After a few concerts and gigs in their home town such as Sikkim Area Convention Narcotics Anonymous III the band decided to start taking part in some of the major Rock competitions in the country (2010) such as Rock o Phonix - IIT Guwahati. After winning and Gaining Positions in a few such competitions (-Pyrokinesis, Assam Engineering College; - Sinchisis, Guwahati Medical college; - Rock o Phonix, IIT Guwahati; - Eclecia, Heritage College, Kolkata; - Srijan fest, - Avalanche, ISMU Dhanbad etc.) and also the frontman Girish Pradhan, Bagging the best vocalist awards in all of them, and Guitarist, Suraz Karki bagging the best guitarist awards in most of them, the band immediately started getting headlining acts in the College Festivals such other Rock festivals, quickly gaining a lot of popularity in the press and media and creating a big fan base. The Media became aware of this. Girish and The Chronicles’ performance at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati, on 27th of June, 2010, was telecasted live, nationally on the NE Doordarshan channel.
The band was just doing good, when they took it to another level by participating and winning the auditions held at Shilpgram, Guwahati, for the Suncane Skale Festival, Montenegro, Europe. Their song “Angel’s Angel” or more popularly known as “The Yester Years” was nominated to be compiled and judged at the Suncane Skale Music Festival, held at Montenegro, Europe, thus giving the band a chance to represent India on a Global Scale. Out of the many participants from Europe, Girish and The Chronicles represented India in foreign soil and bagged the Silver Trophy for their song “The Yester Years”, or “Angel’s Angel”.
Presently, touring, Girish and the Chronicles are releasing a Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album within mid month of 2011 yet upgrading their list of ventures and Chronicles.
S.I.L.V.E.R is an Alt Rock|Prog|Funk band from Pune, India formed in the year 2007 with the very intention of creating original music. Their ethereal melodies and resonant tone combined with haunting and inspired performances make for a heady listening experience. A fun mix of musicians highly influenced by "L.I.F.E" ::: Blues, Progressive rock, Reggae,NWOBHM & yeah good `ol rock `n roll we bring you a sound that is distinctly, well, S.I.L.V.E.R..!
Mahesh Niroula - Vocals
Savio Sebastian - Guitar / vocals
Rishi Rai - Bass / ambiance / vocals
Amit Godse - Drums / percussion
The Works was formed when Mihir decided to put together a good old fashioned rock 'n' roll band. He met up with Shannon, whom he had seen before with another band and asked him if he'd like to join him in forming a new band. Shannon agreed and soon Hansel, Shannon's childhood friend joined in on drums. Partho came along next on the rhythm and lead guitar and the last person to join was Michael who stepped in on bass to complete the band.
One of the things that makes The Works stand apart is that they are totally open minded about the music that they play. Just seeing the bands they cover should give you an idea of what this implies.
They take on ACDC, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Billy Idol, Buddy Guy, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, The Doors, Eagles, Elvis, Guns n Roses, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica (Bob Seger actually), Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, U2 and ZZ Top!
Their originals reflect their myriad influences and their songs are basically saying that "Rock 'n' roll is still alive and kicking ass!"
They got together on the 13th of August 2007 and since then have gone on play almost 30 odd shows in their first year! (Their first show was at Umang, NM College)
Earlier this year Gibson Guitars signed on The Works to an "exclusive artist deal" –making them one of the select few Gibson endorsed bands in India!!!!
They're the youngest band in India to get such a deal.
Click here to go to Gibson.com's Artist List. Click on the letter T and scroll down. You'll find The Works there!
The producers of “Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure”, a tv show soon that aired on the ABC Network, Australia zeroed in on The Works to do a special appearance in their first episode.
This was the first time possibly that an Indian band was spotted by an international television network and asked to act in a show!
They're now looking forward to even bigger things, loads of shows all across the country and also their first album which they should start recording very soon!
Moon beans,a young band from Pune, plays Classic rock to Pop/folk rock .With some brilliant female and male vocals . the band promises a mix bag of all-genres.
From joni mitchell to rolling stones, jack johnson to Cold Play, to name a few.
Sanjeev Pandkar : Guitars/voc
Bharghav : Guitars/voc
Sundar : Bass
Rasika : Vocals
Harshad : Keyboards
Ananth : Drums and Percussions
Here's a band comprising of 5 very talented Individuals who have been part of the Indian Rock Music Circuit for more than a Decade. Each of these individuals, while excelling in their own departmnents have always been looking for a chance to break away from the ordinary, and free themselves and the audience from normal everyday sounds. More than just a band, some call this the begining of a movement that promotes free expression of thought through music.
What makes this band extremely versatile is that all of them have different influences and together they blend in to produce a brilliant mix of creativity, style and feel.
The bands influences include a whole lot of bands covering almost every genre, right from the Beatles to Audioslave. Their collective influences include Funk, Pop, Jazz, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Alternative and almost anything that you could think of.
All the above Musicians have played at the Hard Rock Cafe, Jazz By the Bay, Blue Frog and many such venues in Mumbai and various other cities on different occasions with various bands like The Other People, Retropark, Excess X, Gary Lawyer, Aqua Flow, to name a few.
WHAT PLACES THIS BAND A CUT ABOVE OTHERS IS THEIR VERSATALITY AND ALSO THEIR ABILITY TO CHURN UP TRACKS DEPENDING ON THE CROWD. THEIR REPERTOIRE RANGES FROM THE BEATLES TO PEARL JAM, LED ZEPPLIN, PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE, TO COLDPLAY, LINKIN PARK, AC DC AND ALMOST ANYTHING IN BETWEEN.
Overall a very tight and entertaining act that is everready wih spontaneous compositions and crowd pleasing acts.
Cajetan D'souza (Caji) : An accomplished and very versatile musician who is equally adept at playing guitars, keyboards and also Bass. He sure is a familiar face at Hard Rock Cafe and Jazz By the Bay playing with various bands and musicians over the years. Also featured on a few music videos, this talented musician always has loads to offer.
Adrian D'mello : Adrian on Bass is the most hardworking member of the band. Always the one with the completely worked out parts. Has also done his share of Touring around the world with various musicians, is always happy to get back up on stage and Rock with the rest of us.
Cassius Fernandes : Cassy on drums is definitely the driving force behind this band and his style and technique is something most aspiring drummers wish to learn. His Skill at easily changing the complete groove of a track is definitely a rare one. Also a very familiar face in Mumbais Music circuit, having played with various musicians like Gary Lawyer, Colonial Cousins, Manasi Scott and many others.
Sujit Kumar : Sujit on vocals has also been in the scene for a long time and has been singing with various bands over the years. His style ranges right from the lows of Eddie vedder to the highs of Robert Plant and always gets the crowd going. His crazy stage antics and eccentricities are what people look out for whenever the band is on the go.
The band was formed in 2002 while each of its members were still in school. Over the years as they progressed through school and college competitions and evolving line-ups, they managed to develop a decent fan base. After playing numerous shows in many different venues, their original music started to become quite popular amongst their audience.
As the band is known for it’s foot-tapping guitar riffs and melodic pop choruses, the word of their music began to spread.
In 2007, they were one of the 4 finalists in Channel [V] Launchpad, where they played in front a crowd of almost 10,000. Ever since then, they played at numerous prestigious music festivals such as “The Eastwind Festival” and “The Great Indian Rock Festival”. In the summer of 2008, they played a country wide tour where they played in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Simla... to name a few.
Earlier this year, they signed with 44G Records and released an EP (Exptended Play) titled “Not over yet” in the month of April, which is being downloaded through out the country and has managed to maintain the band’s No.1 position on the “Reverbnation Charts” As of now, they working on a full scale album, which will be released later
this year on the same record label.
The Hoodwink Circle is an eclectic mix of performers from all over Bombay, and a super-group of some sorts. The members also play for or have played for bands like Louis Banks, Toufeeq Qureshi, Shibani Kashyap, Ash Chandler, Nandoo Bhende, Merlin Desouza, Manasi Scott, The Bombay Rock Project, Gino Banks, Para-Vayu, The Echoes, Sheldon d’ Silva, Asha Bhosle, Susie Q etc; and have come together to pursue their true musical roots, which are primarily based on Funk, Alternative and their derivations.
The band was initially called Wasabi, and gained local fame by competing in a few college competitions. Around October 2008, guitarist Sanju and bassist Ishaan met through the Nandoo Bhende Band; and the band hasn’t looked back since.
The Hoodwink Circle’s primary musical influence is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Apart from this, Jazz Funk, Pop/Alternative Rock, and Progressive Rock/Metal influence the band.
Impeccable music is not meant only for a niche. The band strongly believes in making technical music, at the same time making it appeal to a light listener. The band also believes in making music that is universal that stems from day to day experiences in urban India.
Aidan Lewis - Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist
Sanju Aguiar - Lead Guitarist
Ishaan Krishna - Bass Guitarist
Joshua Vaz - Drummer