Four friends, pursuing different courses, but united by a common passion — music. We are talking about The Vinyl Records, an all-girls band from the Northeast. Formed about a year back, the band brings together girls, who are passionate about music and want to do something different in life.
“The band just happened. It was not planned. We all were students at the Art Tree School of Performing Arts and soon, we thought of starting a band of our own,” says Cheyyrian Parkakoti, 22, a student of JD Institute of Fashion Designing and the lead vocalist of the band. She plays keytar — a combination of guitar and keyboard.
The band is exploring Indi-rock music. “We wanted to be different and surprisingly, all of us were inspired by the Indi rock genre,” says Mithy Tatak, 20, an MSc Biotechnology student from Jamia Milia Islamia and the drummer of the band.It’s the music of the 80s that pleases this band of young girls, whose attitude is as trendy as is their attire. “We think presentation is very important. So we design the clothes ourselves,” says Banu Jini, 21, an MA Political Science student from Lady Shri Ram College and the lead guitarist. They practice at least thrice a week for around four hours. “I think we are still in the learning stage. There is more to experiment,” says Minam Teksemg, 21, the lead basist of the band. She is pursuing BA English (Hons) at Miranda House.
The Vinyl Records gave their first public performance in February 2010, at Arunachal House. “We play the 80s’ music, and so the band’s name is also a classic,” says Cheyyrian.
Since the band is new, they manage their own expenses. “We stop shopping, eating out and watching movies before any concert to save on money,” says Mithy. The band performed at DU’s Law Faculty and Concert for Equality of North Eastern students. In Daulat Ram College, they won a special recognition award.