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Bands tell their stories online

Fans of indie outfits in the country can now get a chance to view their inside stories too. Popular digital music platform ArtistAloud is presenting a ‘rokumentary’ series, called Thank God It’s Rock on Friday (TGIRF) that will feature video biographies of bands from across the country.

music Updated: Oct 08, 2011 18:28 IST
Nirmika Singh

Fans of indie outfits in the country can now get a chance to view their inside stories too. Popular digital music platform ArtistAloud is presenting a ‘rokumentary’ series, called Thank God It’s Rock on Friday (TGIRF) that will feature video biographies of bands from across the country. The half-hour documentaries will be simulcast every Friday on artistaloud.com, Nokia smart phones, YouTube and DailyMotion.com.



"We wanted to create content that will be a celebration of independent artistes. The rokumentaries take you through their musical journey with interviews and performance videos," says Soumini Sridhara Paul, general manager, ArtistAloud.



SubairThe music website has dedicated a micropage to each band and the documentary will be webcast through a YouTube embedded file to ensure faster streaming. "We’ve tried to keep a combination of popular artistes and lesser known talents from across the country," says Paul, adding "Besides getting on board popular rock outfits like Parikrama and Pentagram, series also features artistes like Shefali Alvares and Sanjay Maroo, who have a niche following." A team from ArtistAloud, headed by Deepika Bagaria, director and executive producer of the series, travelled across seven cities to shoot the 13 bands, "From braving sudden bandhs in Thiruvananthapuram to travelling into forests in Shillong, shooting was good fun," she says. Besides shooting interviews, each documentary also tracks the growth of the band through various performance footage.



Jishnu Dasgupta, bassist of Bangalore-based folk-rock band Swarathma, which features in the series, says, "While recounting our journey in the documentary, we got to relive those moments too. Every band member had a different story to tell and the series gave us a chance share this with our audiences."