Aveleon Giles Vaz – Drums
Abishek Mangla – Bass
Adhir Ghosh – Guitar
Rohit Gupta – Keyboards
Robin Mathew – Vocals
"It was a magical time, because I actually managed to turn my little juvenile fantasies into a way of life."- Keith Richards, guitarists of The Rolling Stones.
The irreverent music that is now categorized into the genre of “classic rock” has seen some of the greatest rock bands and icons that continue to influence contemporary rock and pop music till date. The music speaks of a dynamic time shaped by political strife, cultural flux and a need of the younger generation to make their voices heard – loud and uncensored. It was an unbridled fervor that saw the emergence of rock music and its establishment as a voice for the young remains influential even today. It became, as the quote above suggests, a way of life.
Classic Collective is a group of musicians who have come together to pay tribute to these very icons of rock, focusing on the timeless bands of the 1960s through to the early 1980s. With Aveleon on Drums, Abhishek on bass, Adhir on Guitar, Rohit on Keyboards and Robin on the vocals, Classic Collective promises to be a powerful and versatile act covering everything from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones to Queen and many more.
Aveleon Vaz is a drummer who has been playing professionally for the last decade and is also a music teacher at the G.D. Goenka School (Vasant Kunj). He has been associated with bands like Five8, Think Floyd, Artistes Unlimited and Simple Truth, to name a few. Adhir Ghosh is a guitar player for funk/rock band Five8, and has also done sessions with Artistes Unlimited, The Yellow Brick Project and Zeb and Haniya. He also freelances as a guitar and music theory teacher with some Delhi-based music schools. Rohit Gupta started his training in western classical Piano and completed his grades from Trinity Guildhall. He has been recently studying under renowned musicians such as Alan Benzie, Sharik Hasan, Aditya Balani, Rita Martins & Tarun Balani and exploring other genres of music especially Jazz and Afro-cuban. He has worked with several theatre productions and composed music for The Youth Theatre Festival from 2007-2009. A versatile and contemporary musician, Abhishek Mangla has over the years harnessed his musical abilities through analytical understanding of different genres, rigorously playing with a variety of musicians and in depth study of music. Abhishek has played bass with rock ‘n’ roll band Parikrama (opening act for Bruce Springsteen in Mumbai, 2007), Indian fusion with bands like Advaita, Mrigya and Vedanta, Indian classical music with Sarangi Maestro Kamal Sabri Khan, Pop/Blues with Sajid Akbar, Blue Breakfast and Jazz/R’n’B with Drift, Adil and Vasundhara and Artistes Unlimited, amongst many others. Starting off early in his church choir, Robin has earned a reputation of being one of the most powerful voices in the Delhi music circuit. Having listened to equal amounts of Elvis Presley and Carnatic music in his younger days, he manages to bring to the table a unique blend of influences that dictate his vocal style. He is the vocalist of Five8 and freelances as a singer and voiceover artist in the city.