Music making does hurt, but not much on the pocket these days. Musicians, in a bid to relieve their contemporaries of the stress of jamming costs, are coming up with ‘jam pads’ — rooms where new music bands can practice as a unit at affordable costs. And assisting them in this endeavour are music equipment companies.
Ashish Chauhan, drummer of city-based rock act Under Siege, opened one such ‘jam pad’ in Chittranjan Park on Sunday. With ‘instrumental’ aid from music giant Furtados, the room aptly named Furtados Playground is a haven for upcoming musicians. “New acts don’t have enough funds to support themselves as a musical unit. Hence we decided to open a jam pad [and also a music school, M Sharp] where new bands can practice by paying a nominal fee of Rs 200 per hour.”
Chauhan is also offering affordable packages for youngsters who wish to practice as a group. “The room is done up with first-rate music equipment like amps, monitors and drum kits. We’re also offering discount to musicians who book the room in advance or rent it for several hours at a stretch,” he says.
Manu Saksena of Live Rehearsals, a collective that’s providing state-of-the-art jam pads in Shahpur Jat for the past four months, says the trend is catching up big time. “Members of city bands like Them Clones, Undying Inc., Faridkot and many others jam at our pad,” says Saksena.
While Live Rehearsals finds support in associates like Fender, Sonor, Line 6 and Sabian, Sound Station, another jam pad in Okhla, is fending for itself. Ritnika Nayan, the force behind it, says, “It’s great to be able to help musicians with a place they can practice and chill-out at. We’ll soon have more of such jamming studios around town.”