Run it’s the Kid

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It’s been a long day. You just want to kick back and relax, preferably to some good music. In your search for a suitable soundtrack, you come across a band named ‘Run it’s the Kid’. Deciding to give them a shot, you give their debut self-titled album a spin. Unsure of what to expect from this outfit, you wait for the first few notes to waft out of the speaker. What you feel next is something like this:
Imagine a vast amphitheatre. Imagine a vocalist with an acoustic guitar (Shantanu Pandit), a pianist (Dhruv Bhola), a bassist (Danik Ghosh) and a drummer (Bhairav Gupta). The atmosphere is brushed with golden lights coming from the fireflies dancing to the melodies of the performing band. No, I’m not being dramatic. These are the very images that flood your thoughts as you go through each of the ten tracks of the Delhi based act’s gem of an album.
RITK’s album is filled with dream like piano sequences, rustic guitar progressions and atmospheric bass lines as the drums whoosh over the individual songs. Each track is colourfully structured and the stand out lyrics are presented beautifully by the distinct and calming vocals. The non-linear songs are layered with soothing vocal melodies and glittered with starry instrumentations. While the album feels like it lies within the domain of waltz music, one can feel the variety of influences that have contributed towards the unique sound in each track. One of my personal favourites is ‘One Time’ because of its chant like vocal melodies, folksy guitar patterns and it’s gradual increase in intensity as the song progresses. ‘Souls To Save’ is another because of it’s enjoyable drum sequence. The band’s versatility is seen with songs like ‘Aimless Quest’ which has a darker ambience. The album offers something for everybody and it is compels you to put it on loop as the compositions reach the very depths of your soul.
RITK is one of the hottest upcoming acts in the indie scene with their unconventional blend of various forms of music refusing to let listeners go since 2013. Having played various gigs since then, the band’s debut album has been a long time coming but it was clearly worth the wait. With their stellar album being made up of a few of their compositions over the years, one can easily understand why they were selected as a city finalist in the Converse Rubber Tracks event. With potential like this, one can be sure that the members of the band are bound to be stars as they waltz their way ‘To The Moon’.

We got to speak with Shantanu about the band’s latest album, their journey so far and about the indie scene:

Q) How did RITK come to be and what made you guys choose a waltzy style of music? Especially considering the fact that Shantanu, you started off as a singer-songwriter and Dhruv, you played for Prateek Kuhad. In what ways do you guys feel these experiences shape your outlook, especially when it comes to composing music as a band?

Bhola and I started writing songs together about four years ago. We started RITK a year later, and Bhairav and Danik joined shortly after. I dunno, Bhola and I were just really into writing songs in three for a brief period of time. Not all our songs are “waltzy”, it’s just that we wanted our album to be somewhat thematically connected and to form one cohesive sound. So when we were deciding the track-list, we chose to leave out a bunch of songs that weren’t in the same space. We’re really not a waltz band, it’s just this album sorta sounds like it has a vague underlying waltz feel. Our next record is going to be very different.

Q) Your debut album is finally here. It’s been a long time in the making. How do you feel?

Excited! It’s been way too long. Also kinda anxious. I hope people dig it.

Q) You have mentioned that the recording of the album started last year at Blooperhouse Studios in Kolkata with Miti Adhikari as the producer. What was the entire experience of recording the album like?

It was pretty cool. We recorded most of the album live, so it didn’t take us very long. We tracked ten songs in about a week. Working with Miti has been one of the biggest learning experiences for all of us. We had tried recording the album earlier with a friend, and we took really long, and were really anal about everything, and that didn’t work out so well for us. With Miti, it was a lot more relaxed, and we realised that when you’re making records, it’s easy to get caught up in a bunch of shit that doesn’t really make a difference. Also Calcutta is a super chill city. being away from home definitely made the process a lot more productive.

Q) What are the things that inspire you to make music and who are your main influences?

We’re all into different styles of music, so it’s kinda hard picking individual bands and labelling them as influences. Also, that stuff keeps changing. Music is pretty much the biggest factor in our lives, and for us, making music is inspiring in itself. It’s what makes you want to do it over again and again.

Q) Your album is really refreshing and it was an amazing experience to listen to it. Could you speak a bit about each track on your album?

‘Forgetting How to Swim’ is about falling out of love.
‘Love, we’re made from Porcelain’ and ‘June’ are about having your heart broken.
‘The Big Parachute’, ‘Aimless Quest’, and ‘Souls to Save’ are songs about pointlessness in one’s day to day routine/human activity. They’re about being bummed out by life in general.
‘A Great Big Scare’ is about the manner in which society and expectation come together to project the image of how one ought to be/behave/come across.
I don’t really know what ‘Haste’ is about, really. It’s kinda like a note to myself about how I was feeling at the time.
‘One Time’ is about a love-hate relationship and ‘To the Moon’ is about being honest with yourself. Bhola wrote lyrics for these two.

Q) Listening to your album was both a privilege and a treat. There are so many great songs on it! Is there any one track that the entire band considers special? Or a track you love playing live?

Yeah I think we all agree that Love, we’re made from Porcelain is a good song and we always play it at shows either first or second so that we start real strong. It’s Bhola’s favourite song. My favourite song on the record is June. Danik likes Haste, and Bhairav just told me his favourite is A Great Big Scare.

Q) You guys have been gigging since 2013. There are bound to some memorable to even downright weird incidents along the way. Could you share one such interesting incident with us?

When we put our first single up for free download last month, we didn’t realise that we had the entire album up for free download instead. I think 5 people downloaded it the same day lol. Umm yeah, I can’t think of much else. We aren’t very cool.

Q) A lot of acts from a variety of genres are emerging in the country with the rapid rise of the indie scene. Where do you guys think that waltz acts like yourself stand in that aspect? Also, what changes do you feel should be made in the scene?

Yeah the scene is growing super fast and there’s some really great bands making killer records in every city. I dunno, I think the scene’s doing pretty good, no complaints really. The only thing falling kinda short is the touring circuit, but it’s picking up everyday.

Q) An amazing debut album aside, what do fans have in store for them this year?

A couple music videos, a tour, merch, and new music hopefully. Maybe even another record, you never know.

 

A huge thanks to RITK for that interview! Don’t forget to check out the links below. Also, be sure to like RITK’s Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

 


Here’s the link to their Bandcamp page.

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The Koniac Net

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According to front man David Abraham, there are times when we come across two paths in life. One of them seems really appealing and it looks like the obvious choice to you. However, due to certain circumstances, you are forced to choose the other path. Later in life you realise that you’re much better off along this path and that the other one just had this net, called the Koniac Net, waiting for you to get entangled in. So if you ever were to catch their gig, even by mistake, like I did last summer, you’ll soon realise that it’s the best thing that could have ever happened to you. David’s brainchild, that started off as a solo bedroom project, is simply an alternative rock powerhouse that has really made its presence felt in the indie circuit. With his mellow voice, charismatic vocal melodies and gritty lyrics, you are bound to put their songs on loop. From heavier songs like ‘The Ardent Companion That You Are’ to the nostalgic tune of ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’, the band showcases a great versatility in their compositions while still staying true to their roots. The guitar melodies are subtle and atmospheric but give a great sonic texture to every song. The best part about their music is probably how well structured their songs are. Many of their compositions have completely contrasting guitar parts, tempo and vocal melodies when heard individually. But they are always beautifully juxtaposed in a manner that seems natural which just speaks volumes about the massive potential this band has. It’s no wonder that they were picked as the runners up in the Hard Rock Rising 2014 competition amongst approximately 10,000 participating bands. So keep in mind that even after you say ‘Farewell’, their powerful songs might just be ‘Chasing After You’.

We talked to David Abraham about the band, his influences and his journey so far:

Q) You were bed-ridden with typhoid when you decided to record your debut album. You’ve come a long way since. What’s the journey been like?

I can’t really complain. It’s been a good & educational journey so far. I’ve learned how to manage myself without any prior knowledge or education in business, management, or marketing. I’ve met some unbelievable & kind people from every corner of our country, as well as the rest of the world. It’s overwhelming discovering so many people who are willing to help you, simply out of their love for music, while not expecting anything in return. It restored my faith in human nature. The irony here is that the content on “One Last Monsoon” (debut album) revolves around me being misanthropic, as well as the extermination of our species.

Q) You keep citing The Deftones as your greatest influence. You also portray love and passion for various other bands. For a musician, how important is it to stay true to their roots and influences?

I’ve always believed in music being true & unique… since a very young age. I suppose growing up surrounded by brilliant music tends to change the way you listen to & understand everything from bad to mediocre to exceptional. For me personally: it’s very important that I stay true, not because I am trying to impress any given person, but because I know, down to my very core, that I just do not like pop, commercial, or regurgitated music, and hence, I cannot bring myself to listening to or composing the such. I’d feel like a hypocrite, and plus, it would make me cringe endlessly. 

As for other bands: everyone is different and has their own views, beliefs, and likes. Hence, I can’t really condemn a band for selling out. However, as an obsessed lover of music, it does hurt the fan when a band moves into a more commercial area. For instance bands like Weezer and Sugar Ray selling out at the turn of this century really broke my heart.

Q) You talk about how over the years, your band members have given various inputs which has only made the band better. How does the Koniac Net write a song? What’s the creative process like?

There is no particular process. The amazing thing about all of us is that I can bring a brand new idea to them, and they will tell me honestly if they like it or not. Usually they feel it, considering all of us think alike, and understand our music and the direction we want to head in. Once the rest of the members give me their approval, either they work on their own parts themselves, or we spurt out ideas at our rehearsals. So far, it’s been a leisured experience, since the band members have had some fantastic ideas that have taken my initial song ideas into different & wonderful directions. 

Q) The first song you ever wrote was ‘Simple’ in 2000. You claim to have written almost 400-500 songs. Which are the special ones, for you and the band?

Yeah, I’ve jotted down a hell of a lot of ideas. I’ve got about a 100 song ideas on my phone at the moment, all of which I would love to do with the Koniac Net, or as a side project. At the same time, not all of them are great… there have been many that I return to months/years later and think : “Wow, this is horrible. I’ll keep it as part of my works, but this is never bracing anyone’s ears.”  The main / special ones are about 20 songs I recorded back in my college days (2000-2005), which I have been wanting to release as a double CD since 2010. All members have heard the tracks, love them, and have been excited all these years about getting down to performing & recording them. So, we’re really looking forward to this. Shall hopefully begin at the end of the year since we are working on another album before it.

Q) You talk about the obvious demerits of being a musician. You also say how people abroad want to discover new music. What are the Indian fans like? Is there anything in the independent music scene  ecosystem that you would want to change?

I think any fellow musician will agree with me on this one: that Indian music lovers still have a ways to go, in terms of seeking out new music acts. Abroad, it’s ALL about discovering new talent. Over here, yes, many DO want to seek out new acts, but it isn’t as common. Most fans tend to want to see bands that have already made a name for themselves. However, we have to take into consideration that this here music revolution started only about 5 years ago. In light of how new our country is to this, A LOT has been accomplished: you have numerous venues around our country supporting independent acts, plus big companies like MTV, VH1, GQ, Rolling Stone, Converse, etc. There are countless festivals that happen, what seems like, every month. We’re coming up in the music world, and what we have accomplished in such a short time is something we should be extremely proud of. I am very optimistic that in another 5-7 years, the hunger for new & unique artists will have increased 10 fold. 

Q) When we were at your gig in HRC you came off the stage and screamed with the audience in you last song. You are interactive with the fans and put up a great live show. Are there any memorable moments in the journey so far?

Ziro Music Festival stands out as the most memorable. I LOVE interacting with the audience… I love receiving their energy, as it feeds the entire band, and therefore allows us to put on the best show possible. We want you to pay attention to our music, but at the same time, we want you to leave with the proverbial “full belly.”. Unfortunately, the only song I can jump into the crowd with is a cover track. We’ve talked about writing more songs through which I can touch the crowd. See what I did there?

Back to Ziro: we went there hoping that we’d at least receive a decent applause. To our surprise, the minute we took the stage, the crowd kept getting bigger, and they roared with approval after all our songs… even for 3 brand new songs that we had never played before. And for the last track where I jumped down into the crowd: there was a point where I forgot my lyrics when I realised that the audience was trying to pull me past the barricades; some tried to tear off my shirt, forcing security guards to push me back. We are not a commercially huge band, so when something like that happens, it takes you by surprise. None of us were expecting that kind of frenzy & acceptance at Ziro, since this was our 1st time playing there. It was overwhelming, and definitely one of the best shows we’ve had. We hope to play there and the North East in general more often.

Q) According to you, MTV being aired from Singapore showcased some of the best music in your younger days. You claim now the scene is growing in every avenue. But the scene is still nascent. What do you think that DIY fan-initiative like Indie Bullhorn and many others should do in order to support acts like you better?

It’s difficult to say “they should do such and such.” Music is flourishing here. As you so aptly put it: it’s nascent. With that said, I know how much of an investment towards an independent band can be. There are so many companies & people financing projects from their own pockets, and a lot of them don’t recuperate. I want to say that I wish companies were able to invest in taking a few bands abroad to play, because we have gotten a lot of positive feedback internationally, and we have had fans beg us to play in their respective countries… but we don’t have that kind of financial backing. I can only hope that a few companies find a way to help us tour internationally… a method that would prove fruitful to both us, and the sponsors.  

As for the Singapore MTV feed: there is nothing in this day & age that can compare to the music scene then. It was something magnificent: MTV only had 2 reality shows, and the rest was a beautiful blend of genres & rotation. Even though pop was strong then too, the charts were dominated by genius artists like Catherine Wheel, Stabbing Westward, Nada Surf, Pond, Suede, Reef, IAM, NTM, etc. You could turn on your TV any time of the day, and there was a 97% chance that a fantastic video was playing at that moment. 

Now, you have to search for something that you might like, or that is unique. It’s just a different age… I can also argue how brilliant YouTube is for musicians & music fans. 

Q) In many interviews you talk about the your dream double CD. You also want to tour abroad. What has the Koniac Net been up to? Are there any releases on the way?

Hahaha, I mentioned the double CD in one of the questions above. The Koniac Net has been on a winter hiatus. We began working on our 7-8 song album. It started out as a 4 song EP, but we composed a few new songs that we really loved, and we’re very excited about the composition part of them. In a few weeks, we shall be regrouping, with our goal being releasing this album for of you as soon as possible and when we are 100% satisfied with it. 

 

A huge thanks to David for having that interview with us! Please do check out the links below. Also, do like tKN’s Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel to keep in touch with latest updates.

 

 

 

Here’s the link to their website.

Here’s the link to their Bandcamp page.

You can buy their music at:

iTunes (India)

iTunes (U.K.)

iTunes (U.S.)

iTunes (Canada)

OK Listen!

Amazon

 

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Picture credits to My Bhutan/Sarah Keayes and Joey Katare.

Contact Joey at joey.kat97@gmail.com

The Colour Compound

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There are few bands as aptly named as The Colour Compound. Their music is, put simply, colourful. The beautiful blend of acoustic elements with light drum and bass along with the mellow electric guitar makes for a unique experience. With the soulful melodies and different vocal textures, you are bound to sing along and tap your feet. Personally, I think what sets this band apart is their lyrics. You may not get what exactly they’re trying to say in your first listen, but when you’re dancing to their melodies for the billionth time, they just might hit you hard. From gems like ‘Porcelain People’ and ‘So I’m Told’  to one of my personal favourites ‘You Make Me Me’, they surprise you with every song as you groove to every beat. Also it is lovely to see the space they might get into in the future with songs like ‘Re-Arrange’ and ‘What Lies Inside’. Fans like me are eager for their next release, but it won’t be long before we would wanna ‘Turn Back Time’ to relive the joy of listening to the amazing music this young band has to offer.

We talked with the band about their music, influences, thoughts and their overall journey so far. Here’s what they had to say :

Q1) What are the origins of The Colour Compound? At what point did you guys decide to pursue music professionally?

The band started off with Bradley and Rohan in 2009, who used to play as an acoustic duo called the Hollow Bodies. After a few shows we wanted to move to a full band setup and got Adil and Aditya to join on Bass and Drums respectively. The unit ended up working really well and every jam resulted with a brand new song. We had all been playing music professionally as individuals with different projects but as The Colour Compound we started in late 2009 early 2010.

Q2) The Colour Compound has a fresh and a unique sound that sets it apart from a lot of other indie acts. Who would you cite as your main influences musically?

Each of us brings different influences to the sound of the band. Some of the common elements are bands like Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Dispatch. Individually we all listen to a bunch of different styles from R&B, Metal, Drum n’ Bass.

Q3) Music is pretty hard to explain in words, especially when one makes vibrant compositions like The Colour Compound. However, how would you describe your music to people who haven’t heard you yet?

Its really just simple music with some catchy melodies and grooves. Lyrically the music is easy to relate to, its mainly about stuff happening in our lives and the people around us.

Q4) You mention how ‘By Your Side’ is sort of the song that defines you. Is there any other song which the band unanimously holds special?

That song would probably be something from a few years ago. We don’t even play it live since the sound has changed considerably since then. Some of the new material is something that we would hold special. ‘Holding on the Hope’ is the current favourite since its new and not been played that much.

Q5) You’ve a interesting story of how the name was decided. Colour associating to the sound and compound because you wrote your music in your building, aka, compound. Are there any other fun titbits or facts about the band’s journey so far?

Our first international gig was in Bangladesh. It was pretty cool since we were representing India in the Dhaka Rockfest which had bands from other South Asian Countries. Outstation gigs are usually the most eventful.

Q6) You also say ‘Both the good thing and bad thing about it is that we get money to do this’. As a band who have left their mark in the alternative pop-rock scene, what do you think about the scene today? What do you think should change?

The money factor is good and bad as it keeps you stable financially but it can sometimes stifle your creativity and the honesty that goes into your music. The scene is evolving pretty well, if anything there should be more venues to play at and more investment in live music. Also more original music. There’s some serious talent in this country so its awesome to hear some more homegrown material.

Q7) We simply love the way you guys approach your music and lyrics. Even your live performances are stellar. Is there any advice you would want to give an upcoming indie band?

Just keep working at it, set long term and short term goals to keep you in check. Keep the music honest and be confident at every step. Audiences will appreciate that. Network constantly, a big part of the scene today is good networking.

Q8) You last activity was ‘Holding on to the hope’. Your fans want to know when is your next release?

We are now focussing on writing a lot of new material so maybe in a month or two. Stay tuned for updates on our Facebook page to know more.

 

Thanks a lot to TCC for this interview (especially with it being our first one)! Don’t forget to check the links below! Also subscribe to their Youtube channel, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link to their website.

Links to buy their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’:

OK Listen!

iTunes

 

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