Last month, the city’s audiophiles came together for a night of uninterrupted music. The underground music event was not at a city club, but a small room with high ceiling, which Mohammed Rafi occupied over 50 years ago. Sans adverts or other promotions, with only word-of-mouth invites, over 400 attendees managed to flaunt rubber stamps, get a day’s liquor license and drink in plastic cups while listening to local bands at Mehboob Studio, where the debut gig of the Live From The Console was held at a recording room.
Since Anish Kapoor’s debut show, the venue has swiftly established itself as an alternative cultural venue, last witnessing a colossal turnout for the Mahindra Blues Festival in February. Now, Live From The Console (LFTC), an initiative by Sony Music and Oranjuice Entertainment that hopes to provide a platform for local indie bands, is their newest occupant. “The place works in tandem with our concept. We wanted a grungy, no-frills venue with a great sound system. And from the response we got, I guess it worked well with our audience,” says Jayesh Veralkar, head of Day 1, Sony Music’s new indie label.
With a fixed format comprising a film, docu or rockumentary, followed by performances by a singer-songwriter and two bands, at the second edition of LFTC tonight you can watch controversial RIP: A Remix Manifesto, hear Siddharth Basrur, Bangalore’s electronica act Tempo Tantrick and city electro pop act Medusa perform. So how does an electronica act feel about playing live? “It’s interesting. We are bringing in a trumpet and guitar tonight, so it will sound more organic,” says Priyanka Blah of Tempo Tantrick, adding, “And it’s an intimate setting. So unlike a club where people come to chat and eat, our audience will be there just to hear us play. What’s there to complain?”