It’s weekend and you want to practice on your guitar and drums, but your parents and neighbours don’t seem quite keen on the idea. Don’t be disheartened, just plug in your instruments and find your sound. Place? Here are some options.
Jam pads — rooms where musicians can practice at affordable prices — have been coming up in the city. Mumbai and Bangalore were the first to see this trend, about eight years ago, with Delhi following suit of late.
Providing rehearsal spaces and quality equipment at nominal amounts, these sound-proof jam pads are a saviour for many enthusiasts.
“Five years ago, there were just one or two decent jam pads in the city. But with several live concerts taking place and youngsters experimenting with music, these pads are indispensable to the songsmiths. There are over 20 jam pads in the capital that have opened up in the last two years,” says Yashita Tripathi, owner of SoundSpeaks Studio.
SoundSpeaks, Green Box, C8, Jam24 and Noise Assembly are some of the latest entrants in the city’s musically-charged spaces. According to the pad owners, earlier there were just one or two bands coming to practice every week, now as many as six to seven bands can be seen in a day.
Upcoming as well as established bands seek out these pads. “We look for spiffy and well-equipped jam pads to rehearse. Some jam pads here provide great space and acoustics,” says Arpit Agnihotri of Rotten Roses band.
So now, no more ‘waking up the neighbours’.
MGMH Sound Station
Sound Story: Music Gets Me High, or MGMH as it is commonly known, is the brainchild of 30-year-old Ritnika Nayan. It was formed in 2009 and is dedicated to helping artistes develop their sound by providing them with appropriate guidance and support.
It is acoustically treated, fully sound-proof, air-conditioned with power backup. It acts as a hub for bands and musicians to meet up and interact and has a large rehearsal space, including a lounge.
Timings: 6 am to 2 am
Where: D-72, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase I.
Rock n ‘pay’ roll: Rs 200 per hour
Sound Story: The pad started by 25-year-old Yashita Tripathi and provides a platform to budding musicians. It was launched in 2012 with the performance by the alternative rock band, Circus.
Some of the equipment available in the jam pad are Fender guitars, Laney RB4 (speakers), drum kit and a 12-channel mixer. A number of popular artistes like Cyanide, Half-Step Down and Shubha Mudgal among others have practiced here.
Timings: 9 am to 1 am
Where: E-13/29, Harsha Bhawan, Middle circle, CP.
Rock n ‘pay’ roll: Rs 250 per hour
Noise Assembly Jampad
Sound Story: Founded by Abhimanyu Jindal (23) and Gaganpreet Singh (27) last year, this jam pad spans over 2000 sq ft.
They have well known Shure microphones, drum kit, cymbals, double bass pedals, 16-channel mixer, Fender Mustang, Ampeg bass guitars and Yamaha PA systems. Some of the bands who jammed here include Dark Moon Eternity, Rage, Rogue Saints, Psycedelic Sucrose, among others.
The pad includes a cafeteria and a lounge.
Timings: 9 am to 8 pm
Where: Sector 9, Noida.
Rock n ‘pay’ roll: Rs 300 per hour
Lines and spaces
Sound Story: Launched in 2010, this pad provides a roomy jam space with good acoustics.
Some of the equipment available are PA Laney (monitor and speakers), mixer, guitar amps, microphones, drum kit and cymbals. Scores of popular artistes and bands have practiced their music including Farhan Saeed, former lead vocalist of the Pakistani band, Jal, Delhi-based Advaita, Them Clones and others.
Timings: 9 am to 11 pm
Where: J1/13, Gupta Colony, Malviya Nagar.
Rock n ‘pay’ roll: Rs 250 per hour
SOS Jam pad
Sound Story: Sound of Soul Jam Pad was launched in 2007, a cozy space for ‘soulful artistes’.
It’s a space for those who want to experiment with beats and techniques. It is powered with the JBL EON series (sound system), Active PA audio system, Randall electric guitar combo and kick back combo, Peavey bandit 112 amplifier and Yamaha REV100 Digital Reverberator for reverb, delay, and modulation effects.
Timings: 10 am till midnight
Where: G-2, basement, South Extension, Part II.
Rock n ‘pay’ roll: Rs. 250 per hour