The beginning this year was pretty exciting for the Kolkata based singer songwriter ‘tHe soHam‘. In march he did his very first international tour to Singapore, performed 3 shows there & received over whelming feedback from the audience.
Soham Bhattacharya who consider himself a gypsy or someone who loves to travel; recently got back from another successful international tour. In August he went to Malaysia for his second international tour. “After Singapore my next target was Malaysia; I’ve heard great reviews about the music scene there.” said by the musician. In a short span of 7 days he visited Kuala Lumpur and performed two shows in the city.
Both of the shows set list were filled with singer songwriter’s original songs. “Kuala Lumpur has got number of fantastic venues where they have huge respect for original music.” told by the 26 years old singer songwriter. While flying to Kuala Lumpur from Kolkata he was not sure about the audience’s reaction; but after completing two of his shows there his view got completely changed. Soham informed us -‘I’ve met a large number of talented artist over there with whom I’ve plans to work in future.’ He got lucky enough to be featured on a online web channel called “Easy Busy TV”. The team of easy busy tv shot 2 of his original song & an exclusive interview; which will be airing around November. The singer songwriter got some great reviews from the organizers for his shows. He planning to come back end of this year to promote his upcoming EP.
Manipulation is a Polish metal band formed on 11 September 2001, with the first concert played in 2003. When they started playing together, they were very young, aged 15, 16 and 17 years. Over the last decade they have played at many concerts and festivals. Our Teammate Anvita, recently got a chance to have a brief conversation with the metal band Manipulation, from Poland.
Anvita: Tell us something about Manipulation? Where did you grow up and who were your
influences while you were growing up? Where did you go to school at? Manipulation: Our band is for us our life, we do this from the youngest years, we are not a seasonal musicians which played guitar or something few years and don’t see any money from this etc. have enough of this and stop playing and quit a band. We don’t look at trends, we do what we want. We make Manipulation more than 15 years already and we hope it will never change! We know and feel that we make something huge and important!
Anvita: Tell us a little about your childhood days what were they like? Manipulation: It was beautiful time. I grew up in a typical Polish family. You know I lived in a block flats where was 80 more flats with my neighbors. In the past was different times, when kids spend most of free time outside home between blocks of flats, play football, fight with each other or just making mess around. Not like today sitting before computer or smart phones at home. It was really nice when everybody could find each other without phone, computer or facebook messenger. Fans, publishers etc. were sent a letters by post office to each other withstickers, zine’s some layers of underground bands, it was a magical time.
Anvita: Where did you grow up and what were your influence to begin this band? Manipulation: When I was little kid in my home was a lot of parties (you know my parents, uncles, some friends of family).To my luck that my father listens to good rock music and in every party was music like this. He show me bands like Europe, AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabath, Deep Purple etc. So first influences I have taken from my family home. You know when you like that kind of music you meet some peoples with a similar taste of music. They show you some more bands etc. It was like this in the beginning … it is to long story for one interview …
Anvita: Where did you complete your schooling at? Manipulation: I went to basic school in Goldap my family town.
Anvita:When did you think of taking up music seriously? Who were your major influences back in those days? Manipulation: You know it was natural for us . We just played music at some concerts as teenagers and we don’t think about future. We just do our best. We were kids when we start playing metal. It all was spontaneous like our destiny. We like to play metal and made some blasphemy .
Always music what we wanted to compose was metal, and it will never change. 4 out of 5 band members are from the Beginning (2001) this show that everyone us treat music playing seriously – it is our passion. Most serious moments starts when we released album Passion in 2012 – from that time we started to take music more seriously, start to bought better back-line, guitars and all stuff which is necessary to play music in a professional level.
Influences for us are of course polish metal bands which make a career around the world like Behemoth, Vader and now Decapitated. This guys show for us and many other bands from Poland that work hard and you yourself can bring success. If You love what You do and You are natural with that, what You do peoples will feel that.
Anvita: How did The Manipulation come into existence? Tell us, how was your band formed? Manipulation: Our history is simple, we come from little town Goldap where is 13000 inhabitants. So we know each other and it was easy to see who like metal music and who have ambitions to play music. We met a certain day and planned to start a band and that is it. It was clear, I don’t know how to say that but It was like our destiny.
Anvita:Who are some of the authors/poets/musicians that have influenced your band collectively this far? Manipulation: As I said before when I was young I used to listen to a lot of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple, Black Sabath – because my father loved to listen to that kind of music. When I started looking for some more bands I discovered Metallica, after that Slayer, Sepultura and that kind of metal music showed me the way. It was for me a masterclass of speed in Jmusic. I wanted do the same!
Anvita:What were some of the best moments of the band that you remember? Which has been your favorite gig that you have played so far? Manipulation: Yes of course, but there are so many of them. At this time I have a lot of good moments in my heart. I cannot choose any one of it.
Anvita:Who was your strength pillar in your hard times? Which Track of yours is close to your heart and why? Manipulation: You know, problems are always sprouting, like mushrooms after the rain. So you must be strong and smart and ready even for everything. Of course sometimes everybody has a hard times but this is normal. When You really love what you do you will keep it and continue and deal with any hard times. About track is hard to say because it is always changing for me, sometimes I like one, different day another one. Few of my favorite songs of Manipulation are for sure: Blindness, Infinite Anguish, Sunset Over Vatican, Sic Itur Ad Astra, Lifetime (hahahaha but seriously I like every song of Manipulation!!!!!) Listen to Manipulation on FireMud FMfrom here.
Anvita: Where will we find your band burning the stage up in 2016? Gig plans? Manipulation- In 2016 we will play for sure some local concerts in Poland. 18.06 we will play in Austria in Vienna. We sign also a signing a contract with Ripping Family Booking an
d Promotion and they make for us west European tour from 17 to 27 November – now we don’t know the details but soon everything will be known. If you are interesting about details like and follow our fanpage– there we post every news about Manipulation.
Anvita:What does the future hold for your fans? Manipulation- We have a big plans for the future, but is too early to speak about that. Follow us and in good time You will know.
Best Regards from Manipulation!
Stay Manipulated metal maniacs!
“With a sound that brings a fresh touch to traditional metalcore the band ties in the early metal and hard rock influences with the new ones as well without becoming just another washed out copy”, Yes I am talking about none other than Stockholm, Sweden based Metalcore act Behind The Lights. They are currently associated with Ripping Family Booking and Promotions. Luckily we have got a chance to exchange some words with the band. Following is the excerpt of the chat.
Vineet: What about your teenage days? Where did you grow up and who were your influences while you were growing up? Where did you go to school at? Behind the Lights: Johannes, Erik and Sebastian grew up in Stockholm. Jonas grew up Norrtälje and our new bass player Anton grew up in Värmland. Our influences during our days in school was Killsswitch Engage, Metallica, Kiss, Bullet For My Valentine and Sum41.
Vineet: When did you think of taking up music seriously? Who were your major influences back in those days? Behind the Lights:We all have grown up with music as our main interest.
Vineet: How did you find each other? Tell us, how is your band formed? Behind the Lights:Behind The Lights is in 2012 by the lead singer Johannes Eghammar with his younger brother Erik (rhythm guitarist). Soon after the start they released two demo songs (My Reflection and 911) with purpose of finding more members. Luckily enough the drummer was only a phone call away since Johannes and Sebastian knew each other. During the fall they searched for a rhythm guitarist, Johan came to audition and pretty soon became a member of the family. What started out as an at-home project quickly escalated into what it is today, a hard-working and ambitious band.
Vineet: Who are some of the authors/poets/musicians that have influenced your band collectively thus far? Behind the Lights:Matt Tuck (Bullet for My Valentine), Austin Carlile (Of Mice & Men), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Sinister Gates (Avenged Sevenfold), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Gene Simmons (Kiss).
Vineet: What were some of the best moments of the band that you remember? Which have been your favourite gig that you have played so far? Behind the Lights:The Croatia Tour we did February 2014
Vineet: Who was your strength pillar in your hard times? Which Track of yours is close to your heart and why? Behind the Lights: Sebastian: Otherside
Anton: The World Unknown
Johannes: The Prison
Vineet: Where will we find your band burning up the stage in 2016? Gig plans? Behind the Lights: In Sweden on the bands first Sweden tour in April and in Europe in September
Vineet: What does the future hold for your fans? Behind the Lights: We don´t really know what to answer here cause for us it´s quite obvious, we aim as high as we can but it´s hard to hit the bullseye. But the most important thing for us is having fun and doing what we love. Getting fans and supporters along the way is the biggest bonus we can get and we are overwhelmed with each one of them.
Johannes Eghammar – Lead Vocals
Jonas Olsson – Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals
Erik Eghammar – Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals
Sebastian Bergquist – Drums, Backup Vocals
Anton Damperud – Bass, Backup Vocals Manager:Ripping Family Booking & Promotion Genre: Metalcore, Hardcore, Metal
Follow the Band on Facebook from here.
So, Our Co-Founder and Creative Head, Ashutosh Gaur, recently had a chance to exchange words with Reno, Nevada based Indian Composer, Music Producer and Mixing Engineer Darrel Mascarenhas.
He is graduated from Full Sail University, Florida in Bachelors of Recording Arts Degree with Student of The Year 2014, and salutatorian. His instrumental compositions have appeared on several Indian networks, including Sony, Cartoon Network, MTV, and more. He enunciated his agenda and plans for music.
Ashutosh: When did you discover your love for music? For playing of course ? Darrel: When I was 4 years old, My mom got me a Keyboard, Having no Internet, Computer or TV at home, There was no entertainment than figuring out what this thing does and I started playing on my own. Till date, I have never had a professional lesson in music.
Ashutosh: When did you officially get into music? Darrel: Just like Keyboard, There used to be an Old Drum kit in the basement of a chapel all dusted, I used to go there and learn drums by myself, And my band mate Joel spotted me there and asked me to be a part of his band as a drummer. At the age of 13, I started playing for a professional band.
Ashutosh: Where all have you performed till now? What response do you usually get from people after your performances? Darrel: I have performed as a Vocalist in Chicago, Dubai & Kuwait. The response was outstanding, after that I was spotted as a vocalist and started concentrating on Vocals a little more. Other than that, I performed as a Drummer in Muscat, Mumbai, Bangalore and major cities across India. Our band won the best World Cup theme song (Money Gram Cricket contest) in Asia (Bands from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan has participated).
Ashutosh: Which is your favorite place where you have performed earlier and why? Darrel: My favorite place is Mangalore. Its our hometown and we get great responses over there since we have many fan followings there and we get the vibe of the crowd and we play what they want and they enjoy it. And the chill we get while they cheer is beyond amazing.
Ashutosh: Which famous musician/artist/band do you usually take inspiration from? Darrel: At the moment, I work as a freelancer and I get projects for all the genres, I don’t follow neither am I a fan of any artists. I listen to a variety of music so that, when I get to produce in any genre, I should be able to, and I shouldn’t limit myself.
Ashutosh: What was the turning point in your life in this field? Darrel: As an artist, I have had a lot of turning points. To name one I would say “Leaving India” when I was already established a little and had a dozen of projects in hand, but I decided to go to USA and study Sound Engineering in 2013. And started my career from scratch.
Ashutosh: People don’t usually go with something that’s new. What is your thought and have you ever felt the same? Darrel: I don’t think so, If we do something new and good, people will like it. There are so many people who find music these days monotonous and they want some change. So it is up to the artist to provide them good quality music and make them fall in new style.
Ashutosh: Do you write your own songs? What are the songs generally about? Darrel: I just compose tunes, I don’t write lyrics since I know hindi just to communicate well, I’m scared that I may make grammar mistakes or any mistakes when it comes to writing lyrics. I have written one song called “Maanlo Piya” (Classical Song). Which had lyrics in simple hindi and was appreciated by people. After that I only write short lines or rap for remixes or covers.
Ashutosh: Tell us one thing which you feel that sets you apart from various upcoming artists in the country? Darrel: I respect every upcoming musician. It’s amazing how everyone are trying to be something and dedicate their time and efforts. Since I’m in the same place, I don’t compare myself to them, rather I try collaborate with artists as much as I can. Everyone are something today because they are different from each other. I don’t know if I can answer this question. But, I will leave it up to the audience and let them answer this question.
Ashutosh: If there was one thing you would want to be or do apart from music, what would it be? Darrel: Bollywood always has new music directors for every movies. I would love to be a Music Supervisor where I can put the existing rock music and decide what music goes where. Just like some Hollywood movies, how they use existing stock music. Imagine a Mother Jane track or Indian Ocean tracks on movies. If its placed right, it will be nostalgic or something new that Bollywood has never seen.
Ashutosh: Since everyone is a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips? Darrel: First of all, Make a plan, make a schedule, ask yourself what you want to be. Looking to go something big then you need some money to invest if you don’t have decent audience. Talk to a promoter, get a manager, put in some money on investing what you want, Internet marketing may be? If you have someone taking care of it, may be a friend if you cant afford to pay someone, who can manage the business side and you can concentrate only on business. This goes a long way, as an artist, just focus on music and forget the business side. Be a part of it but don’t be the only part of it. Going to a record label is a waste of time, Since Bollywood is a monopoly since Tseries and they have their handful of artist and they don’t want anyone new. It’s time to go live and form a band if you are planning to make money from music. Stay strong, stay focused, keep doing your work, initially it will be slow but it will eventually pick up. Don’t hesitate to promote yourself or show off, You have to show off cause you are in the show business. That’s your job.
Darrel Mascarenhas have recently announced a series of Tracks #DarrelsMusicFriday on His Facebook Profile.
Hi Guys, Throughout these years you have supported & encouraged my music. I’m ever so humbled by everyone’s response to…
You can follow the communication via hashtag#DarrelsMusicFridayon Facebook. Listen to the tracks of this series via Hashtag#DarrelsMusicFridayon FireMud FM. In #Week01 of #DarrelsMusicFriday, he has released a Jazz Version of Ajeeb Dastan & Molbailo Dou (Classic Konkani Track) FeaturingLavita Loboin collaboration with Sax PlayerMerwyn Fernandes.
If you don’t like the music or genre, it doesn’t make the musician bad. One doesn’t need to go out there and support, but a little respect can go a long way.
Our Co-Founder and Creative Head, Ashutosh Gaur, recently had a chance to exchange words with Los Angeles based Indian acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, entrepreneur, and teacher, Janvi Anand. In a brief interview withJanvi Anand, she enunciated her agenda and future plans for her music.
Ashutosh: When did you discover your love for music? For playing of course 🙂 Janvi: I got a keyboard as a gift on my 2nd or 3rd birthday and I instantly fell in love with it. I kept playing the keyboard for years by ear, just listening to melodies and trying to play like the song. At the age of 13, I picked up the guitar. My parents always encouraged me, but thought it was just a hobby and enrolled me for lessons over vacations. But somewhere deep down I always knew it was my calling.
Ashutosh: When did you officially get into music? Janvi: My official training started at the age of 13, but I was a victim of commercialized music schools. Not that I did not learn anything during that period but my actual training started when I started learning drums at the age of 18. I took a few piano lessons after that and officially started my “proper” training in guitar in 2012.
Ashutosh: Where all have you performed till now? What response do you usually get from people after your performances? Janvi: I haven’t played a lot of gigs in India. Apart from the numerous inter and intra school and college competitions highlights of my music career in India were playing at Blue Frog, New Delhi; Soi 7 , Gurgaon, Haryana; Cocktails and Dreams, Speakeasy, Gurgaon, Haryana; Rock-a-Fella, New Delhi and Manajsa, New Delhi.
After coming to Los Angeles in the short span of 8 months of giging I have played at legendary venues like Whisky a go go, Hard Rock Café, Molly Malone’s, and few local venues like Bar 20, Bar Lubitsch, State Social House, to name a few.
The turnout and response has been great. Our fans and friends are like family to us. They have always been super supportive.
I used to be really shy when I was performing back in Delhi, but now when people come up and say they loved my music and the performance, it is a real boost.
Ashutosh: Which is your favorite location where you have performed earlier and why?
Janvi:Out of all the places I have performed so far I think the best ambience and sound was of Whisky a Go Go. I would love to play there in future. In terms of vibe I think playing at Molly Malone’s was really a fun experience for me and the band.
Ashutosh: Which famous musician/artist/band do you usually take inspiration from? Janvi: I take inspiration from everything I like to listen to. If I am hearing a song more than twice, there is definitely something I am going to take with me from it. I am more inclined towards listening to singer songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Damien Rice, Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne, amongst many others. As far as bands go, I listen a lot to Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay.
Ashutosh: What was the turning point in your life in this field?
Janvi: Forming a band. For the last few years I was very adamant on playing as a solo artist. There were many reasons adding to that decision. Once I started school at Musicians Institute, I started playing with a few musicians but I still wanted to continue playing as a solo artist and started working on the same path.
The way we formed the band was very random. We met on 20th June, 2015. It took me 2 days to even know their names, but by 25th we were a band and 9th July, 2015 we played our first gig. There has been no looking back ever since. Alex’s are my pillars I know I can rely on.
Ashutosh: People don’t usually go with something that’s new. What is your thought and have you ever felt the same? Janvi: Adjusting or accepting change is always difficult. It depends on every individual how quickly and how well do they accept it. It definitely shocks me or startles me depending upon the intensity of the change, but till date think I have faired well with changes. I am growing with age trying to keep myself calm through such situations. I will eventually get through.
Ashutosh: Do you write your own songs? What are the songs generally about? Janvi: I have always considered myself a guitarist first, than a singer or a songwriter. I have now started working on all aspects equally but when I started writing music I was more into making a chord progression or a riff or a melody line. My friend Ainesh Mujoo wrote lyrics of the first few songs I composed.
But coming from a mindset of being a one-woman band I wanted to do everything myself, hence I started writing as well. Of the 6 songs in my début EP “Inside These Pages” I have written 3 of them. Ainesh wrote the other 3.
Currently I am working on material for the next album and on an EDM project with Anthony Arocho. Lyrics for 90% of the songs for both these projects are written by me.
I am a very emotional person, hence most of my songs revolve around emotions. I try to tell a story with a song using a lot of imagery.
Ashutosh: Tell us one thing which you feel that sets you apart from various upcoming artists in the country. Janvi: To be honest I hate comparing myself to any artist inside or outside the country. Every artist has his/her own style of working and creating magic with music.
I would like to rephrase the question as what I think is my music about.
“RAW” – That’s how I define my music. I love to play all my songs using the acoustic guitar. The lyrics are straight and direct. Even though we are a trio you won’t miss the power of a full band. Give a chance and listen to my music, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Ashutosh: If there was one thing you would want to be or do apart from music, what would it be? Janvi: I don’t really see myself doing something else. But hypothetically speaking, maybe into sports or an entrepreneur.
Ashutosh: Since everyone is a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips? Janvi: Irrespective of whether someone is starting up or is established, I think, there are a few things for all of us to remember.
1. If you don’t like the music or genre, it doesn’t make the musician bad. One doesn’t need to go out there and support but a little respect can go a long way.
2. Music connects people and competition with fellow musicians is just making us look so small as musicians and human beings. Show some love and support for the art and not just your friends.
Reason for me saying those points is people see your passion, your skills and your networking to survive in this industry. So support others and they will support you.
Rest of course NEVER stop practicing or learning something new.
Social Media and Music: Follow
Janvi Anand‘s Profile and Music on FireMud FM from here.
Janvi Anand Trio‘s Profile and Music on FireMud FM from here.
Janvi Anand‘s EP “Inside These Pages” on FireMud FM from here.
Summary: 3 official bands from 3 different countries , all around 7 countries (Czech Republic, Deutschland, Switzerland, France, Belgium Netherlands, Austria in 10 different cities!! This European tour is going to be amazing.
Ripping Family Booking and Promotion by arrangement with ProgStage Productions proudly presents “Rise Of Doom – Keep The Promise – Wolfist : European Tour 2016”. FireMud FM is Radio partner of the European tour.
Ear Split, a four piece Thrash Metal act from Shimla have recently released their 5th official single entitled “Walk through these walls” and its music video on Youtube. Credits: Written, Composed and Recorded: Ear Split. Vocals recorded at Mukund Recording Studio Shimla.
(Special thanks to Dhananjay Sharma) Mixed and Mastered: Illusion Audio, Keshav Dhar, New Delhi. Video Produced By : Snow Leopard Productions, Shimla.
(Special thanks to Suneela Sharma)
“Why do we try all the time?
to get as near as we can
To the ones we’ll never have
to those who never see us.
We dare to dream,
but we never try
Try to prepare ourselves for the nightmares
We hide ourselves in our lies,
then we regret as reality dies
Are we naive or we pray?
to not be frail
When love walks away,
we plead for things,
We don’t need
Cluless led astray
Inhaling fear and doubt
of being left out
Good old brittle lives collapse,
when they could be free from the walls,
Right in their minds that they don’t see
Their heart it says,
When someone will take its hollow space,
They’ll be complete in all ways
So are they a piece of a puzzle?
Rusting real subtle,
We’re seeking missing pieces,
Or will we learn our fate?
When we’re done being afraid
We’ll figure out
We’re okay to have their hate,
than to have loved and been betrayed
We dare to dream,
but we never try
Try to prepare ourselves for the nightmares
We hide ourselves in our lies,
then we regret as reality dies
We’re the missing piece,
the answer to perfection
We are yet to see,
the missing pieces in ourselves,
Our flaws, our tainted soul
Embracing their imperfection,
is what makes us whole.”
Links: You can find Ear Split on Facebook and Youtube. Photo Credits : Threesixty Degree Deadzone
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Kolkata based singer songwriter Soham Bhattacharya also known as tHe soham will be performing at The High Spirits in Pune this June. Country’s most of the renowned bands/musicians like Indus Creed, Raghu Dixit, Nikhil D’Souza, Gary Lawyer & many others have performed there before. “I’m so excited about this show at the same time a bit nervous. Because it’s India’s one of the finest place to play.” says the 25 year old singer songwriter.
Soham who has a day job as a creative graphic designer to pay his bills; mostly practice his music and work on hissongwriting at night. “It’s such a frustrating thing to do the same kind of work every single day but somewhere down the line it inspires me to write more & helps me learn about the life in a better way” says the independent songwriter with a smile on his face. He recently finished working on a live video project which was directed by a film studies student named, Soham Dutta (Yes they both have same name). The video project will be a combination of some of his songs along with an interview; which will be releasing online very shortly.
Currently he is looking forward to his 2-city tour; he will also be performing at few venues in Mumbai. On the other hand he already started working on his next EP (mini album) which will be produced by famous musician Rahul Guha Roy from the band Cassini’s Division and he is planning to release it at end of this year. You can Find tHe soHam on FireMud FM, Facebook and Youtube. You can Also checkout his Official Blog. Check Out his Track “Truth” .
Music: TRUTH – tHe soHam LIVE FROM RED EARTH STUDIO
Track Credits: Singer songwriter tHe soHam performing his song ‘Truth’ live from the studio with an interview talking about the story behind the song.
Directed by- Soham Dutta | Produced by- Soham Bhattacharya
Director of Photography- Soham Dutta & Riddhiban Banerjee
Audio Engineer- Tushar Banerjee | Editor- Soham Dutta
Mixing & Mastering- Tushar Banerjee
Creative Direction- Soham Bhattacharya
It is common for the men to eat the most and the best, leaving the women and children to eat the last and the least. Unequal level of nutrition between men and women is a worldwide problem. Women hold together our
families, our communities, our societies. What could be more right, more just than for us to create a world in which women don’t eat last? Why such gender discrimination ?
According to WHO, Iron inadequacy is the most widely recognized and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. And in addition influencing a substantial number of kids and ladies in developing nations, it is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in Industrialized Countries. The numbers are stunning: 2 billion individuals – more than 30% of the world’s populace – are anaemic, many due to iron deficiency.
To raise the concern of gender discrimination in family over food, Sage Productions came with an awesome short film, entitled “Joothan – Leftovers” which will blow your find for sure. Have a look and let us know in comments how you find it.