In 2006, five young engineers from Kolkata’s Tata Consultancy Services, formed a band. Within two years, they had released an album, won a rock competition in Mumbai and then disbanded. Now, the techies (average age 26) are back together, working on their next album.
The members of Kollage are: Biswabijoy Sen (lead vocals), Parantap Basu (drums), Shonit Bagchi (guitar/supporting vocals), Sudipto Basak (guitar) and Anindya Bhattacharjee (keyboard).
Over to Biswabijoy Sen:
How come you guys came together again?
We missed the fun of making music together. Also, we felt incomplete as a band without having ‘achieved’ something concrete.
Define your music.
Since Kollage is a Hindi rock/pop band, we are inclined towards rock and blues. However, we are instinctive.. we often compose songs outside these genres. If a certain issue affects us, it finds expression through our music.
How do you look back on your first album June?
June had a limited release. It was an album of love ballads. Its wider release coincided with our other commitments.. so the plan had to be cancelled.
Who are your influences?
Various, actually! From RD Burman to the Beatles, Mohiner Ghoraguli to BB King, AR Rahman to Dire Straits, Salil Chowdhary to Pink Floyd, Leslie Lewis to Eminem.
Can your band strike out in the current crowded scenario?
Bollywood is where it’s at. Most of India’s best musicians are working there. Which is why music in India is showing greater variety. I think with our new album Aath, we will make it there...not just as a Hindi band, but also as musicians.
What are your next projects?
We are working on Aath, in which we have finally found our ‘sound.’ It has eight numbers, composed in a state of mind, which is like a figure of eight. You go round and keep coming back to the same place. It’s not an angry album, it seeks clarification.