Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today's gig at Umang 2008 was a mixed experience for us. The eventful evening started off with our esteemed former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam giving Umang a surprise visit. We were confused. The last time we had heard, he wasn't into too much of rock. He managed to leave the premises before the bands wreaked havoc (don't mistake the usage - musical havoc) on stage.
By the time we came up, the crowd were already enthralled to dizziness (or so it seemed) by Wehem and Prayaag. We didn't need to do too much really. And we didn't do much, either. We got about 30 odd minutes and during which we were requested by the young audience to abandon the more sombre numbers. For the songs that we did play though, we got a tremendous response from the crowd (despite de-tuned guitars, pretty ordinary mix and some other factors). We are very thankful for the same!
We would like to thank all of the organizers and volunteers of Umang who did a fantastic job of co-ordinating the event to perfection. It was simply amazing the way they handled us. We are honored. We would also like to thank those who attended the show and cheered for us. And lastly, thanks to all our friends and peers who gave us a wonderful critique which we are grateful for. We do look forward to performing on the NM stage in the future.
We'd like to leave you with a few amateurish images from the gig. Enjoy!
The weird guy wearing the cool hat, on the bass
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
You can keep yourself updated about our gigs, visits to our barber and everything else which is important at our MySpace page and FaceBook pages as well.
-- Update (14th of August, 2008) --
This ad for Umang came on Mumbai Mirror's August 15th edition.
(PS: Our guest list included Paris Hilton and she had confirmed her attending the gig. But since then, she has decided to run for President of the U. S. A. Hence, we are not sure about her being there. But we'll rope someone in! ;))
Thursday, August 7, 2008
We are happy to announce a brand new Facebook group to supplement the Orkut community where you can keep a track on our whereabouts. Our MySpace page has also has undergone some changes recently.
Since we do not have anything else to muse about this moment, we decided to entertain you with some very shocking imagery from the studio. Enjoy them and do drop in your comments.
"We have a bad dress sense and this is one of the better outfits." - Robin on his Taylor
"Clowning around alleviates the pain; the Dhirubhai Ambani pose during the lean times." - Sumit
"A little self-possessed, and flamboyant but in the wrong way." - Dr. KK
"The battered and bruised guitar adds to the already overemphasized drama." - JD
"We are lazy and we like it this way. But not at the expense of... " - Joy
"He tried to control his frustration. But even his guitar gently wept." - Chinmay
"The marvellous Emprie Studio SSL console with the engineers at the helm" - Chinmay and Harshad
"This is as close as we could get to a band photo." - from L to R - Harshad (engineer), Nigel (Cellist), JD, Robin & Joy
Friday, August 1, 2008
In the same edition, we were surpised to find a review for one of the acoustic songs (Rasili Acoustic) on our MySpace page. We're flabbergasted at the 3.5 star rating (thank you!) and all the nice things, some of which even we weren't aware of, written there.
Thank you Rolling Stone India!
The snaps of the interview page is included here as well as the review page are given below.
Monday, July 21, 2008
People have often asked us how we came together and formed a band. No, our Dads weren't jazz pianists who inspired us to take music up as a career. Neither were we buddies from high school who dropped out after deciding to form a band. The fact is that we all are 'immigrants' to Mumbai and we are together thanks to a heavy dose of serendipity. Here's how.
The Shor-istory by The Doc
Sometime in 2006, JD, an IIT-Kharagpur Mechanical Engineering graduate who was working for ITC, he felt the urge to start writing music. He started on his own at first scribbling down lyrics over simple chord progressions on the guitar. His job led him all across
Indiafrom Orissa to Gujaratto Chennai across cultures which gave him the inspiration to write more. Soon he felt the need to have company to expand his repertoire. Enter Joy.
He saw a ad posted on RSJ Online by Joy for musicians interested in forming a hindi band. At that time Joy was working for Mastek in Mumbai and JD was working at Silvasa. They decided to meet up at Joy's place in Mumbai. The next weekend saw Joy and JD jamming. Enter Robin.
Robin, the younger brother of Joy, a commerce student at NM College and a guitar-prodigy even at the young age of 17, joined them in their sessions. A couple of months of jamming over weekends led to nothing significant and they decided to call off their ambitious plans for building a band.
They took a year long hiatus and work led them further away than they already were. Thankfully, both of them got fed up with their lives and their mundane day jobs. Both got back in touch with each other and decide to take a sabbatical from their jobs to try and restart their original venture. This was sometime in September 2007. Both met again in our Alma Mater, the apartment of the Dasguptas in early December 2007. The name was also decided somewhere during this period. With lots of new songs added to their repertoire, they decided to look for bassists and drummers to complete the band. IIT-B’s Mood-I was around the corner and it seemed the perfect stage to start. Enter KK.
I, KK, was doing rather well in life whilst being in the final months of my surgical residency in Orthopaedics at KEM hospital in Mumbai. I already knew Robin via the acoustic band that we were part of called Cirkles. On the 9th of December, Robin called me over to his apartment to jam. I was introduced to JD and after pleasantries, JD and Robin jammed a couple of songs on the guitar. I was literally blown away by the music and JD’s vocals and I, despite my commitments, agreed to join the band as the bassist.
Together we streamlined a set-list of four songs for the competition. A couple of drummers were short-listed from the contacts that Robin had. We jammed with both of them. The result was nothing to write home about and a few days before Mood-I, we were still without a drummer. We were desperate. Enter Sumit.
Sumit, a gifted game designer working for India Games, is my childhood friend from Kerala where we started jamming a decade ago. Sumit was called in and just like me, he fell in love with JD’s beautiful songwriting and decided to try out as the drummer. A couple of jam sessions in the only operational Bajaao.com jam pad in Mumbai and we became the present version of Shor Bazaar.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It's been 3 months since the last update on this blog, and that is a very long time! So, this is what we've been upto during the hiatus.
- Shor Bazaar signed on to Phat Phish Records, (a well known Indie label), sometime in May (yippee!) with an intent to release its debut album (double yippee!!). Allow us to whisper psst that the timeline for release looks like Oct’08 :)
- For most of May-June, the band took a break to wind up our jobs/courses etc. so as to get free for the impending recordings.
- At about the same time, we started looking for audio engineers and studios. We chose the wonderful Chinmay Harshe as the audio engineer and the famous Empire Studios for the tracking and mixing of the album.
- Late in June, ShorBazaar was invited to the studios of Radio One 94.3 for a live interview and acoustic session with the wonderful RJ Malini Agarwal. (The recordings of the show can be heard on our MySpace page. Go check them out and give your 2 cents!)
- And then finally on the 7th of July 2008, ShorBazaar started recording sessions for its first album, at Empire Studios, Mumbai.
- We must also mention Furtados Music who were very generous with their support our recording sessions. We are extremely thankful to Anthony, Sahil (The DemonStealer) and the entire Furtados team for this helping hand!
- Finally ladies and gentlemen, today, as we head into the last days of studiotime, we are very happy to announce that we are almost done :). That too despite a recalcitrant Lower Respiratory Tract Infection to JD and a tendinitis of KK’s left hand! We would like to attribute that to the wonderful atmosphere in the studios thanks to Chinmay and Harshad! We love you guys!
The tracks will be mixed and mastered in the coming weeks. If everything goes to plan, we will be able to respect that Oct’08 release that we talked about! Well that's about it for now.
We would love to hear from you!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
(PS: I would prefer here! Quite frankly, I don't like Myspace. It is too complicated. And too slow!)
Friday, April 4, 2008
The dulling experience of the Chennai test and a movie called 'One, Two, Three' also seem to have affected us by blunting our intelligence thereby, strangling the creative process.
Anyway, something bigger is brewing and we'll be telling ya'll about it soon. We have just managed to record one acoustic track and that might be uploaded soon as well.
Till then, sorry guys!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
We are preparing some songs for putting in our upcoming breakthrough first album. We want the opinion of the Aam janta regarding which ones to keep and which ones to shelf.
Your opinion would hardly count, we can assure you that. But at least, the sense of involvement in the making of such an important event in Indian music history might just make your life look more promising.
We are lazy and we can't stick to our deadlines. Ergo, expect all these prophecies to come true in a few days.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thanks of Fashutana Patel and Fotografer Ashish Rane from MidDay who actually managed to work with us during this seemingly innocuous (but intensely arduous)task of interviewing/fotografing Shor Bazaar.
What’s that sound?
It’s all about adjacent careers with Shor Bazaar, who sing with Hindi vocals but play western instruments.
THEY came up with their name over chicken soup. Comprising of JD (Jayajit): song writing and lead vocals, Joy: lead and rhythm guitar with backing vocals, Robin: lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboard with backing vocals, Sumit: drums and KK (Krishna): bass, Shor Bazaar attributes their name to “The noise inside the head that finds its way out through music.”
Even though their instrumentalisation is primarily Western, JD sings in Hindi. He wonders why he should sing in English that too in accent alien to him. “I want to sing in a language that I’m comfortable with; even if I do sing in English, I’ll sing it like I speak it” he says. Sumit, a selftaught drummer, didn’t expect to be part of a Hindi band, “Then KK told me about the band — not many have Indian roots.”
All five musicians love music from Hindi films of the 70s.
“Basically, we all realised that we had everything but music in our lives,” says Joy. All of the bands members work on the side or have taken sabbaticals from their respective jobs, except for Robin, who’s still studying. Adept with both a scalpel and strings, KK is also a surgeon. Robin and JD have both taken breaks from their jobs, while Sumit simultaneously works and plays with the band. “I played for an English band earlier — it was mostly Western music — but after I started working, I lost touch with music.” says Joy, who met JD after putting up a classified on a website. “JD was in Silvasa at the time, he used to come down to Mumbai on weekends and we used to jam, come out with new melodies, not entire structures. We wanted to start a band that played Hindi music, realising the future was in it.”
Joy’s brother Robin, began with playing keyboards, “I started out by playing Salman Khan songs,” he says with a smile and then picked up the guitar; KK and Sumit joined Shor Bazaar soon after, “We officially began as a band in December last year — ythat’s when we decided to give it an honest attempt,” says Joy. Their songs are an “Urban take on love — it’s more rowdy than mushy… I think people have had enough of mushy love songs,” says Joy about their song Rasili. “Work posted me all over India and I saw a lot of different settings — I tried to express myself in any way that I could. My father was a writer, you could say it’s in my genes,” JD says about his songwriting abilities. “There’s this illusion of work: a great career and life,” he explains when asked why the shift from regular 9-5 jobs to the assuming life of musicians.
“It was difficult, there were times when we didn’t think it would work out, people told us that it seemed like a snap decision and that music does not have fixed paths,” says Joy. “But people are becoming much more receptive to original music. We’re not yet completely satisfied with where we are — you have to keep
Shor Bazaar has created three songs as of now: Rasili, Nahin Achha and Khamoshi. They sent their demo to a radio channel, and were chosen for the regional finals and went on to compete in Delhi. “Bands are being given the chance to get into mainstream rather than being restricted to college circuits,” says Joy.
“A band is only as good as its audience. If the audience does not understand what the band is playing — then there’s no point in playing that. We want to be big, we want critical acclaim, but we don’t want to be niché,” says a confident JD.
- PS1 : The photo looks incredible. Seriously so! We look weird in that. Actually we aren't weird like that. We are even weirder.
- PS2 : My bass guitar is not bent like that. It's an optical illusion.
- PS3 : Sumit doesn't play the drumset with the cymbals so far away from the rest of the kit. That was a Photoshop trick!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
- JD almost broke open his skull during the soundcheck in Delhi. Earned 4 stitches above his right eye for all his efforts. Ended up with a swollen face that looked like a boiled potato.
- KK almost didn't make it for the finals...the band soundchecked as a 4 piece with Robin handling bass duties. But like classic bollywood movies of yore KK did make it at the very last moment and we went on stage and played on a completely unset sound. Was fun.
- We did not sign the contract offered to us by Radio City. We had way too many issues with the contract and decided to back out after frantic meetings within the band/with friends and with Radio City.
- We did not win. Far from it.....was easily the worst of our three performances till date. Still JD managed to please the girls and the band managed to freak out on stage for about 15 mins.
- Robin and Joy won a Gibson SG Special for being the best guitarists in the competition. They have been doing jumping jack flashes ever since :P
Now on to more killer songs....and more killer gigs....and doing the rounds of record labels....stay tuned for more updates...we'll put the songs up for download very soon :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Its ok if you dont know where this is....neither do we. Hope this will help. Please come.
And yes....do vote in: RCL B6 followed by your name to 54646. Yup...its B6 now...and not B2....if you have already voted in B2...Crime Master GoGo will haunt your dreams forever. To avoid this vote RCL B6 5 times every hour until your girlphrend/boyphrend finds out.
Hope we win!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Finals on the 23rd of Feb at Rangsharda, Bandra. We are currently scouting around for cheerleaders....if interested...please tape yourself doing something really stupid and upload it on youtube, and send in a mail with your name and number.
Remember....the stupidity levels will be compared to Shor Bazaar's collective stupidity. So the bar is set quite high. Naivete as an added quality would really clinch it. This looks like a great starting point.
Whoops....almost forgot....do vote in for us by sending "RCL B2" (...without the quotes....but with the space between RCL and B2) followed by your name to 54646.
Every person voting in will get a Pan Pasand from Shor Bazaar once we get rich and famous.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Influences...(a.k.a. agar hum Bollywood main hote toh hum inse "inspired" hote..)
Kishore Kumar, R. D. Burman, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Incubus, Junoon and Lucky Ali.
JD (Jayajit) (singer/songwriter/harmonica) Hothead (...not to be confused with hotbed). Radical Dreamer. Yeh hamaare lead-singer-ji hain. Loves playing his guitar without a pick (...not to be confused with prick).
Robin (rhythm/lead guitar/keyboard/backing vocals) Lazy. Lazy. Lazy. Lazy. Darn good on the acoustic though. Loves weird chords.
Joy (lead guitar/backing vocals) Wastes too much time researching music equipment and software. Got good pedals :) Loves big fat guitar tones.
KK (Krishna) (bass guitar/backing vocals) Mr. Harmonizer. Would give some of the Eventides a good run for their money. Also Mr. Suspended Chords. Hates one note bass. Loves anything acoustic.
Sumit (drums/percussion/backing vocals) Mad Professor. Also Lazy. Loves Thom Yorke and his Sony MDR7506 cans.
Thats all the boredom we have for you today.
Aaplya patience ani wela sathi dhanyawaad.
P.S. We have a lot of gear. Anyone interested in being a roadie...please do mail in. If you are lucky, you may be treated to a bowl of manchow soup at Classic Chinese for all your efforts.
P.S.2. Yes, we are ugly (....hmm...all except JD of course) and have no money....but if you are still interested in being a groupie...ugh...who am I kidding?!?!