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Self-realised music

chandigarh Updated: Dec 23, 2012 11:03 IST
Prateek Walia

After an eight-year- long career in solo music, two musicians—one vocalist and the other guitarist and vocalist—met each other through a common friend and decided to form a band. That’s how Delhi-based alternative rock, jazz, pop and fusion band, Ehsaas, came into being.

Now, the band, which was formed in 2010, comprises five full-time musicians—Suryaveer Hooja (vocalist), Waseem and Sunil (guitarist and backing vocalist), Varun (base guitarist) and Nishant (drummer)—and has done over 100 shows, in India as well as abroad.

As they open at a SJOBA event at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, with a song dedicated to the Delhi gang-rape victim, HT City gets acquainted with the band.

How difficult is it to catch the pulse of the audience?
Initially, it wasn’t easy, as everyone was not aware of our genre. Once we started performing outside India, the crowd started asking us to sing ‘Chammak Challo’. But now, since we have been performing for so long, at so many different places, it’s comparatively easy. All you need to do to feel the audiences’ pulse is observe their faces.

You’ve performed at so many places. What do you think contributes to a successful show?
In our case, the varied experience of the band members helps us understand the nuances and essentials of putting up a successful show.

Since a lot of youngsters are trying their hand at music, what advice do you have for them?
Be sincere and dedicated towards your work. Don’t try to imitate someone. Instead, believe in your own ability and excel in the genres you’re comfortable with.

Do you favour remixing of songs?
We don’t, as it takes away the original essence of the song. Remixing is just adding more beats to the song. We’d rather remake a song by adding our own flavour to it!

How do you think the music scene has changed over the years?
Earlier, there was very little scope for bands, as Bollywood songs ruled. Then came the era of club music. Now, there are various platforms for bands like ours to showcase their talent, a great example of which is Coke Studio. Besides, in this era, you can interact with your audiences through YouTube and Facebook. Our first album, Ehsaas, is going to be out by the end of next month. We are, however, available on Youtube. We have more than 10,000 fans following us on Facebook.

Who is your biggest competitor?
No one, as our genre is unique.

And the wait ends

The St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA) Winter Fest 2012 kicked started at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, on Saturday. The three-day event commenced with a cultural evening, where the Delhi-based Sufi band, Ehsaas, performed. The much-awaited treasure hunt for the fest will be taking place today, and youngsters’ favourite party of the year, the Winter Ball, will be held at Chimney Heights, Zirakpur on December 24.