Local train chugs into town

  • Oindrila Mukherjee, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2014 19:03 IST

In town for the occasion of World Music Day, Delhi based band The Local Train are holding a special screening of their new video, ‘Aaoge Tum Kabhi’ , before its release. All of the four members of the band believe that music transcends all barriers and permeates through in its own special way to create harmony. They are also playing a special set for People for Animals, Chandigarh, which they feel is a part of the path they have chosen in order to promote their music.

“We mainly believe that the path that one chooses matters a lot. By promoting such causes, we get a lot of word-of-mouth publicity and also get to meet our fans. There is much more exposure,” said Raman Negi, vocalist of the indie band that has enthralled thousands across the country.

Their steady rise to fame, after they first got together in 2009, without even having released an album shows that they are quite serious about their kind of music. Negi, originally from Ambala, turned his back on a job at a multinational company to pursue a career in music, while Paras Thakur, lead guitarist, dropped out of college only to become the youngest Indian to secure admission at the Musician’s Institute, Los Angeles. Sahil Sarin, who started learning drums at the age of five, is now one of the best drummers in the north. “Making music is a passion. This is what we do and we are up against everybody since we chose to pursue it as a career. We do everything on our own, so it is all on us. Playing live, which we generally do, is a different ball game altogether. There is a huge risk involved in the sense that people may or may not like our music. We take this very seriously since we want to connect with people, reach out and do justice to them,” said Ramit Mehra, bassist, who was a radio jockey before he came together with the other three. Mehra has played for various projects all over India and doubles up as the manager of the band too.

Talking about the music scene in India which has seen a sea change in the last two decades, the musicians feel that social media has changed the landscape and connected a lot of dots. Various genres, especially rock have many more takers in India now than ever before. “We are in essence a Hindi alternative rock band, but the audience does not stick to genres any more. People listen to and appreciate good music. Earlier, music was mostly Bollywood-oriented but now in the last two decades, we have seen a certain shift. There are some good bands playing great music across the country,” said Thakur.

The band has numerous shows across the country to their credit in a span of only two years. This, according to them, is the most important year, since they will release their first album in another three months after which they will be touring the country. The band’s massive popularity lies in the kind of music they play. Simplicity and reaching out to audiences are both important. Having made a mark with original singles like ‘Choo lo’, ‘Bandey’ and ‘Manzil’, their songs are mostly inspired by experiences of everyday life. It could be art, movies or even politics.“We make simple music that connects with people. The kind of response that we get wherever we go is the most satisfactory feeling” said Sarin.

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