From an amateur school band to a known one in Delhi’s music scene, Cyanide has completed ten long years. This modern alternative rock band has one album — Sugarcoated, to its credit, which was released in 2011. Rohan Solomon, the lead vocalist with the band talks about its journey.
You’ve completed 10 years! Would you call it a long journey?
Definitely! A lot changes in 10 years — so many different influences, fellow musicians in the circuit who you jam with, the overall rock scene. Indeed, we have learnt a lot.
What are the challenges that a new young band faces in a place like Delhi?
There is definitely a lot of competition. Maybe if a band has a unique sound, it would stand out.
Why modern alternative rock as the key genre?
That’s the frame of mind we were in at that time. Now our sound is evolving into a softer and more melody and harmony driven one, but alternative rock will always be the roots.
Has any band member ever felt that had you chosen some other genre, the journey would have been easier?
Yes. Hence they left the band.
What is your take on events such as the Battle of Bands?
As much as I disapprove of the idea of music competitions, I still feel that these festivals are a great platform for new bands.
Which one gig would you love to play at?
Woodstock! We have never played a show outside India. That would be the next step.
What, according to you, has been the inspiring song, event and artist for the band?
Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Michael Jackson, Hanson, Backstreet Boys, Porcupine Tree, Led Zeppelin, Jamiroquai, Jeff Beck... and the list goes on.
Catch it live
What: Cyanide Live
When: March 12
Timing: 8pm onwards
Where: Turquoise Cottage, Vasant Vihar
Nearest Metro Station: Chhattarpur on the Yellow Line