Every year, numerous young aspiring musicians and college bands perform at college festivals. Balancing academics, an abiding interest in music and a fledgeling career was never going to be easy. The lack of decent spaces where you can practise makes things even more difficult. Many jam on random rooftops or in parks as even avid music lovers seldom appreciate the raw sound of a rehearsing band.
Jamming in parks or rooftops isn't easy either with irritated residents often complaining loudly about the ruckus created by fledgeling musicians. So with shrinking public spaces and even those that do exist being out of bounds, where do singers and musicians practise? At the jam pads or music rehearsal venues mushrooming across Delhi NCR, of course.
"Jam pads are the best places to work as a band. They let us coordinate as a team before getting on stage or going for a recording session, as homes aren't the best places to jam" says student Alankar Tiwari, who plays guitar in a band. "Jam pads also help in building contacts with other musicians," he adds. College bands often can't afford the best musical instruments. In such a scenario, jam pads that rent out superior equipment are a great option.
Given the rising demand, jam pads are also turning out to be profitable ventures. "Over 1,500 bands have used our jam pad since its inception in 2010. This includes big names like Astitva, Nasya and Prestorika," says the owner of Carnival Underground Music Alley, a jam pad at Lajpat Nagar. Here, we explore some of the better jamming venues in the city.
This space provides practising bands with that electric live stage performance feel. Spacious and soundproofed, StageJam allows bands to play through the night when they need to practise before a gig. The studio also provides music equipment for sessions.
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Charges: Rs 250-350 per hour
Where: 295, third floor, Satya Niketan
Call: 9971160036 (facebook.com/StageJamPad)
Started by audio engineer Yashita Tripathi and musician Chirayu Sood, Sound Speaks grew out of the latter's early experience of being starved of quality rehearsal space. Since the duo is well acquainted with the struggles young musicians face, the pad is a sympathetic space geared up with all the basic music equipment required for jamming. Sound Speaks also provides acoustic recordings with digital production. Their association with celebrated bands helps young musicians to get better exposure.
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Charges: Rs300 per hour
Timings: 24*7 with appointment
Where: 13/29 ground floor, Harsha Bhawan, E block, middle circle, Connaught Place
Call: 9911049777 (soundspeaks.com)
CARNIVAL UNDERGROUND MUSIC ALLEY
This five-year-old jampad allows bands to practise without any distraction at all. Just rent the space and play to your heart's fill. Acoustically treated and soundproofed, the space offers practising bands all the vibe and privacy they need to deliver their best. Designed to morph into a performance hall that can to fit a crowd of 100, Carnival Underground also provides branded equipment from Shure, AKG, Mapex and Marshall. The space allows every instrumentalist to play comfortably. Performers can turn to Carnival Underground's dance academy for instruction in dance too.
Charges: Rs 250 to 300 per hour plus packages
Timings: 6 am to 2 am
Where: A-29, basement, Dayanand Colony, Lajpat Nagar
Call: 9899976616 (carnivalunderground.com)
RHYTHM AND MELODY JAMPAD
One of the finest music studios in NCR, Rhythm and Melody has been hosting musicians for the last two years. From professionals to beginners, all kinds of musicians are welcome here. The venue offers a big space that's soundproofed and wifi services too. They also conduct music courses in music production and in playing drums, guitar and flute.
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Charges: Rs 500 per hour
Timings: 9am to 10pm
Where: House no. 611, Sector 31, near Mother Dairy, Gurgaon. 9582228682
Call: 9582228682 (rhythmnmelody.com)
If you want commercial-grade jamming and recording sessions you should go to Bodh Productions. This place is probably the best option for bands interested in turning out a top-notch piece of audio or in getting their acoustics superbly recorded. And if you need help with constructing your own jam pad, Bodh Productions also provides acoustic consultancy services. These are the folks to turn to if you want to set up a studio or convert your room into a soundproofed jam pad. Bodh Productions provides a wide range of acoustic instruments, and digital production and mixing services. They also have a separate vocal booth and drum room.
Bodh Productions Recording Studio. Jam Pads are available in the city where upcoming music bands can rent places to practise in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/ Hindustan Times)
Charges: Depends on projects
Timings: 10am to midnight
Where: 104, Ashiana Building, Hauz Khas Village, near Kunzum Cafe
Call: 8800093522 (bodhproductions.com)
TURNING YOUR ROOM INTO A JAM PAD
.For a Do-It-Yourself jam pad at home, acoustic treatment and soundproofing is necessary so that all unwanted echoes and sounds are minimised or cancelled.
.Covering windows with curtains, adding a carpet and moving a sofa into the room are the simplest ways of acoustic treatment as they prevent echoes.
.To further upgrade, fit the room with soundproofing panels or foam.
.If you don't want your sound to get distorted or reflected, avoid metal objects and sound reflecting items made of wood and plastic.
.Then, invest in a microphone, drum kit, guitar (acoustic or electric), keyboard, preamps, speakers and a mixer. Incidentally, mixers are used to connect the microphone with other instruments.
.If you can't afford to burn the bank, you can also hire these pieces of equipment from any of the stores in the city that sell musical instruments.