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NH7 Kolkata : The big happy guy in the small cozy house

December 14th-15th. 2013.

Kolkata made its grand entry on the national festival circuit with NH7 Weekender at Merlin Greens. And how!

The happiest festival decided to stop by the City of Joy and spread the love.

Sadly, I couldn't be there owing to certain prior commitments - (Meanwhile, Gandu Circus played alongside THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT (yes, big gasp!) at a festival held at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai!). So, I decided to look under the hood and check out the perspective from the other side - the stage!


Let's see what the local artistes had to say.

Q. How could this change the scene in Kolkata for the years ahead to come?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

“It’s the perfect leverage that the Kolkata indie music scene needed. Quite a few local bands that played at the festival are working on new material and playing at such an event ups everything.”

Tajdar Junaid

“Hopefully makes corporates and event managers realise there is a healthy independent music scene.”

Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

“It’s a start and hopefully, we’ll have more festivals happening in Kolkata including the 2014 weekender.”


Q. What projects are lined up ahead?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

“Ifs and Buts are working on their debut album,You're A Story. All the new tunes will have different layers, thus, taking our sound away from the acoustic approach of our eponymous 2012 EP.”

Tajdar Junaid

“Start composing and putting down ideas for my next album. Already recorded one song. Touring Glasgow in Jan.”

Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

“We're recording our second album in February and releasing it in the second half of the year.”


Q. Your take on the Weekender?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

Uppers:

• Enthusiastic listeners who are open to all genres of music.

• Great festival vibe that Kolkata had missed out on all this while.

• Perfect platform for independent musicians to do their thing.

Downers:

• Not enough Weekender-esque festivals happening!


Tajdar Junaid

Uppers:

Each stage had its own set of dedicated listeners. Great turn out, inspite of the venue being far away from the city.

Downers:

Sound spill from other stages.


Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

Uppers:

• Good turnout.

• Original Indian music getting a platform.

Downers:

• The venue was a little out of the way

• More rock & roll bands on the bill. Karsh Kale - really not my scene.



Well, having heard these points of view, it becomes quite evident that everybody had a ball on both sides of the stage. I’m not sure about the indie scene offering musicians an alternate mode of living in terms of income. However, it can provide the experience quite clearly for so many of us, who earn from other sources like music direction or even 9-to-5 jobs. This scene is bound to attract people from all over the world because it currently exists solely for the love of music from the artiste’s point of view. The motives are still undiluted and the efforts pure. Conviction will follow, as is the nature of things. Almost all the artistes I know in Kolkata are recording their albums and busy making videos and promos, including yours truly - for Neel and the Lightbulbs and Gandu Circus. Everyone is spending their own money and mobilizing all their resources to make things happen.

Though muddled and blurry, it’s on the horizon! Our jalopies will surely turn into Jaguars someday. Inshallah!


(Next week, we hear from Ganesh Talkies, Nischay Parekh and Write in Stereo, too. Do catch us here.)



Article written by Neel Adhikari

Neel Adhikari is a music director/ singer songwriter from Kolkata. Fiercely independent, Neel has steered clear of the mainstream music industry. A rocker at heart he hosts the Open Mic in Kolkata and plays with two bands 'Neel and the Lightbulbs' and 'Gandu Circus' while helping and inspiring younger musicians in the city.

More Rock & Roll: Weekender Kolkata Stories with Neel Adhikari (Part 1)

Neel Adhikari


NH7 Kolkata : The big happy guy in the small cozy house

December 14th-15th. 2013.

Kolkata made its grand entry on the national festival circuit with NH7 Weekender at Merlin Greens. And how!

The happiest festival decided to stop by the City of Joy and spread the love.

Sadly, I couldn't be there owing to certain prior commitments - (Meanwhile, Gandu Circus played alongside THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT (yes, big gasp!) at a festival held at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai!). So, I decided to look under the hood and check out the perspective from the other side - the stage!


Let's see what the local artistes had to say.

Q. How could this change the scene in Kolkata for the years ahead to come?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

“It’s the perfect leverage that the Kolkata indie music scene needed. Quite a few local bands that played at the festival are working on new material and playing at such an event ups everything.”

Tajdar Junaid

“Hopefully makes corporates and event managers realise there is a healthy independent music scene.”

Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

“It’s a start and hopefully, we’ll have more festivals happening in Kolkata including the 2014 weekender.”


Q. What projects are lined up ahead?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

“Ifs and Buts are working on their debut album,You're A Story. All the new tunes will have different layers, thus, taking our sound away from the acoustic approach of our eponymous 2012 EP.”

Tajdar Junaid

“Start composing and putting down ideas for my next album. Already recorded one song. Touring Glasgow in Jan.”

Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

“We're recording our second album in February and releasing it in the second half of the year.”


Q. Your take on the Weekender?

A.

Nicholas Rixon (Ifs and Buts)

Uppers:

• Enthusiastic listeners who are open to all genres of music.

• Great festival vibe that Kolkata had missed out on all this while.

• Perfect platform for independent musicians to do their thing.

Downers:

• Not enough Weekender-esque festivals happening!


Tajdar Junaid

Uppers:

Each stage had its own set of dedicated listeners. Great turn out, inspite of the venue being far away from the city.

Downers:

Sound spill from other stages.


Ananda Sen (The Supersonics)

Uppers:

• Good turnout.

• Original Indian music getting a platform.

Downers:

• The venue was a little out of the way

• More rock & roll bands on the bill. Karsh Kale - really not my scene.



Well, having heard these points of view, it becomes quite evident that everybody had a ball on both sides of the stage. I’m not sure about the indie scene offering musicians an alternate mode of living in terms of income. However, it can provide the experience quite clearly for so many of us, who earn from other sources like music direction or even 9-to-5 jobs. This scene is bound to attract people from all over the world because it currently exists solely for the love of music from the artiste’s point of view. The motives are still undiluted and the efforts pure. Conviction will follow, as is the nature of things. Almost all the artistes I know in Kolkata are recording their albums and busy making videos and promos, including yours truly - for Neel and the Lightbulbs and Gandu Circus. Everyone is spending their own money and mobilizing all their resources to make things happen.

Though muddled and blurry, it’s on the horizon! Our jalopies will surely turn into Jaguars someday. Inshallah!


(Next week, we hear from Ganesh Talkies, Nischay Parekh and Write in Stereo, too. Do catch us here.)



Article written by Neel Adhikari

Neel Adhikari is a music director/ singer songwriter from Kolkata. Fiercely independent, Neel has steered clear of the mainstream music industry. A rocker at heart he hosts the Open Mic in Kolkata and plays with two bands 'Neel and the Lightbulbs' and 'Gandu Circus' while helping and inspiring younger musicians in the city.

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