And it’s riding it well so to speak.
An epitome of amalgamating genres that are inundating contemporary music now.
While the youth jives and grooves to music comprising of new age genres like EDM , dub steps and Techno, a group from the heart of the nation had other ideas.
Aarambh - a Bhopal based rock band has been around in the social network.
Initially after releasing 'Koi Na Mile' - a well-received track to put it modestly,
Yours truly had the opportunity to have a tete-a-tete with one of the group - Anirudh Singh Gaur.
Normally musicians are supposed to be erudite in their craft, but a casual conversation revealed that there is plenty more from where that came from.
“Writing songs is very delicate as it should be thematic representation of human sentiments, with a touch of poignancy ingrained”.
There are no undertones of catharsis in Aarambh’s music - its classical rock fused with elements of Sufi.
And it’s brilliant.
Most of the up and coming Indian bands borrow heavily from their western elements - but Aarambh have ventured into uncharted territories with their first release.
Koi Na Mile was soon followed by more works like Ek Taara , Tanha and Kyun.
Although the subsequent album remained loyal with their debut release in terms of thematic flavour, they did showcase their versatility with Kahin na Kahin – a well-received track not just limited to the average college goer or social networking youth or the “Punk generation”(no pun intended).
'Its all-digital these days – he continues, no more are recordings done old school.We faced challenges-in terms of skill & technical infrastructure,we adapted and overcame.We have had to learn, relearn what we knew of music to come a long way.'
"And it has been worth it."
‘We have been in this for quite some time now - since our college days.’ - As quoted from a local media column.When asked about inspirations and idols,we got some renowned names.A fan of Sigur Ros and Green Day like me, the ace says that inspirations and adaptations are fine as long you remain true to your roots.Verily - it is quite honest to T if you observe the sheer number of instrumentals used in their compositions.
Anirudh composes lyrics and melody in tandem – a great gift. Being authentic is important it is said, whether you classify them as Sufi or Classical Rock.
Criticism has moulded them more in terms of character.They almost disbanded after having a stuttering start. But the team’s diligence along with the addition of bassist Tushar’s childhood friend Shivam renewed their siege in the Rock genre platform.And they did it in style.
Like the name of the group says,
This is is just the beginning.