When the invitation arrived for the first ever Live From The Console, it could have gone two ways – in the virtual trash or on our to-do list – and since honesty is the absolute point of blogging (I think), I was tempted to ‘ignore’ rather than ‘consider’.
Because I have not been the biggest fan of Indian indie music. Mostly because I hadn’t heard enough music I found enjoyable. Also because the ‘scene’ is too clannish for my tastes.
This however, has been another in a year of changes for me, some proactive, many reactive, but nevertheless, events in my life have made me become appreciative of experiences over opinions. While all of that was somewhere in the backroom churn of my brain, Sonaluna and I decided to check it out because we have decided to provide a documentary account of the world we live in, as we experience it.
So we asked for permission to document the gig, and offered up the video we made of Indus Creed’s comeback concert as proof of ability. Long story short, they gave us permission to turn up with our video and audio equipment. And we shot. Until all our memory cards were full.
That was three months ago.
The first edition featured singer/songwriter Alex Rintu, and two bands – The Mavyns and The Colour Compound.
The second edition featured singer/songwriter Siddharth Basrur, rock band Medusa (who are now called Sky Rabbit) and electro digital duo Tempo Tantrick.
The third edition featured four acts: singer/songwriter K. C. Loy, Hindi rock band Airport, hip-hop act Bombay Bassment and dubstep-flavoured Bay Beat Collective featuring Rhys D’Souza on saxophone and rapper Microphon3.
All of this musical expression took place in the legendary recording room at Mehboob Studios in Bandra. The place needs to be seen to be believed. And even more than that, the place needs to be heard! It doesn’t matter whether there is a bottom end-heavy dubstep act on stage or a singer/songwriter with a guitar and his voice – they’ve all sounded fantastic.
And this last gig was very well attended. On the penultimate day of the annual Bandra fair. Which means traffic snarl-ups, crowds blocking the entrance to the studios and more frayed tempers than your average rush hour-commute on Mumbai’s local trains. Even so, the room was full.
We heard songs in English, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali, we bopped around to percussion off a kahun box as well as deep thrumming notes off high-end computers. We were able to contrast desi rap (so far removed from the days of Baba Sehgal and the pretenders to his throne) from Microphon3 with the more classically-oriented vocal stylings of BobKat (front man for Bombay Bassment). I had never heard of K. C. Loy before September 17th but there were little kids in the audience while he was on stage, clapping along, and totally into the multi-lingual tunes the man was rocking. Airport’s rendition of an old Bengali song was pure magic. Bay Beat Collective re-arranged my teeth as well as the rhythm of my heartbeat.
So this is my question to you – what were you doing between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight on September 17th, 2011? Check out our documentary below to feel bad if you weren’t there that night, and to relive some of the best moments if you did make the journey to a legendary room where new musical memories are being made every month.
The next edition of Live From The Console is on October 15th, 2011. Where will you be that evening?