With three drum kits on stage, three musicians who play multiple genres will come together for one gig. Friends and drummers Gino Banks, Jai Row Kavi and Vinayak Pol started the all-drum outfit Pulse Conversation when they decided that it was time drummers took center-stage.
“All three of us are drum fanatics and wanted to do something interesting with the instrument. We have always been backing singers and thought this time we must approach the drums differently by getting them to the forefront and presenting the drums not as a backing instrument, but in prime focus,” says Banks.
At their third gig in the city tonight, the band will play ten original compositions and will be backed by Sheldon D’ Silva on bass and Sangeet Haldipur on keyboards. “We have been working on our act for a year. The focus of our performance will be to create good melodies with kick, maintain a groove and simply make people happy,” says Pol. Adds Kavi, “People will be treated to our ‘drum battles’, which are more like conversations among all three of us. We all come from different musical backgrounds and it really shows up in our acts.”
The drummers admit that it is not always easy to maintain dynamism with drums. “Since drums are not melodic, the challenge is to emote various expressions and not sound monotonous. Here, we are not backing anyone but playing all the parts by ourselves. We have to be open-minded to be constantly testing our creativity. ” explains Banks. He adds, “The fact that all three of us have different sized kits also makes it interesting in the sense that we sound harmonised. Also, the act is a visual delight since all of us are animated drummers”.
While the last two gigs saw the band experimenting with vocals, this time around they want to keep it purely instrumental, “We have added a few more songs to our compositions and embellished some older one to present a different set this time.”
Ask them if an album is on the cards and Gino says, “Oh yes, when we get enough material, an album should follow.” For now, the drummers are reaching out to aspiring musicians through various drum workshops.
Catch Pulse Conversation tonight, 10 pm at Blue Frog. Entry is Rs 300 post 9 pm