To recommence their search for upcoming rock groups in the country, MTV has planned a second season of their show
. Auditions for the new installment began on Thursday in Shillong, and will be conducted in four more cities over the next fortnight.
However, this time around, the channel is giving Mumbai a miss.
The channel believes that while there is a good amount of musical diversity in India, they’d like to limit their search to amateur musicians from smaller cities. “Mumbai has a lot of professional artistes. Cities such as Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Pune, on the other hand, have a lot of student musicians. If we tap those sectors, we’re sure to get fresh-sounding music,” says Aditya Swamy, Channel Head, MTV India.
In season two, the hunt is specifically for bands who experiment with rock music and infuse it with a distinctly Indian sound. Judging the show is music maven Rahul Ram, the bassist of fusion rock band Indian Ocean.
“Thirty three bands auditioned in Shillong, all of them excellent. But there were a few who played only heavy metal, which didn’t suit the format at all,” Ram says.
The organisers add that bands who are really eager to participate anyway can travel to one of the five cities and audition. “In Shillong, we had musicians from Nagaland, Guwahati, etc. So if Mumbai bands want to play, they can head to Pune,” Ram said.
However, musician Aman Agarwal (21) says that it would have been most convenient to attend an audition within the city. “If I’d come to know of the auditions earlier, my band would’ve made preparations to go to Pune. But now it’s too late,” he adds.