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April 3, 2012

Moon Arra on The Mad Festival 2012

By - on 03/04/2012 at 7:00 pm


Jagadeesh and Madhuri from World Music band Moon Arra tell WTS what exactly it is about The Mad Festival that they find interesting. Videography: Sumukh Bharadwaj

April 2, 2012

The Bicycle days on The Mad Festival

By - on 02/04/2012 at 6:59 pm


Watch The Bicycle days explain why you should be at The Mad Festival! Videography: Sumukh Bharadwaj

January 2, 2012

Interview with Srinivas Rajagopal at Bangalore Bistro

By - on 02/01/2012 at 8:21 am


WTS had a talk with Srinivas Rajagopal about his earliest memories of live music in India and what followed was a journey through the live music scene right from the British Raj to the present day – here’s one of our best and most memorable interviews with a humble musician from Bangalore who has a lot to share from his experiences and a story to tell. WTS: Srinivas, let’s talk about all that you know about the history of the live music scene in India. As far as you can remember, when did it all begin and how did it take shape over the years? Srinivas: Ok, I think I should start with my own…

September 27, 2011

Bangalore a victim of illogical, unclear rules

By - on 27/09/2011 at 7:36 am


We have no reason to panic – there is no ban on live music in Bangalore. Not yet. However, Bangalore has been a victim of several illogical and unnecessary rules and it angers me that each time we have had to bow under pressure and conform to them. Despite having more pressing concerns at hand, our local authorities seem greatly concerned about ‘issues’ like renaming our city to ‘Bengaluru’, forcing a ban on dancing in places that serve liquor, issuing notices against loud music, flashy lights and live performances all in the name of ‘preserving our culture’. Apparently, they slot venues conducting live music in the same category as dance bars. I don’t wish to…

June 21, 2011

Swarathma at Infosys, Bangalore

By - on 21/06/2011 at 6:10 pm


I made my way to the Convention Hall with a million questions running through my mind. Would I witness yet another show of forced humility and rehearsed answers? Or perhaps some half-baked, half-hearted replies to my painstakingly constructed questions? On entering the hall, I let out a groan as I noticed that the sound check was still on. ‘Oh great!’, I said to myself, ‘good luck rounding up the band members in one place for the interview!’ A minute passed, and I found these thoughts dissolving into oblivion. I let the music wash over me; the effect was hard to describe – a lot like balm to the restless soul, and this was only the…

December 23, 2010

Interview with Kryptos

By - on 23/12/2010 at 7:55 pm


Kryptos is a melodic/thrash metal band from Bangalore. It was formed in 1998 by Nolan Lewis (vocals/guitars) and Ganesh Krishnamurthy (ex- vocalist/bassist). The band went on to release their debut album Spiral Ascent in 2004 and eventually went on to become one of India’s biggest Metal bands. In 2008,Kryptos released their second album The Ark of Gemini, under Old School Metal Records. Their music is an amalgamation of aggressive riffing, melodic lines and ambient drumming. WTS: Tell us about how your band got started and took its first steps musically? Nolan: The band started around ’98, it started with me and our ex-vocalist, his name is Ganesh. We were both classmates in Josephs Commerce College….

December 12, 2010

Interview with Indus Creed

By - on 12/12/2010 at 5:45 am


Indus Creed is back! The trailblazers of the Indian rock movement return in a new, contemporary form. Uday Benegal, Mahesh Tinaikar and Zubin Balaporia, the original frontman, guitar player and keyboard player of the pioneering band, are back with two new members – bass wunderkind Rushad Mistry and  the 24-year-old powerhouse drummer Jai Row Kavi. WTS got talking to the three original members of the band about their comeback and more. Here’s what they had to say… WTS: From Rock Machine in 1984 to Indus Creed in 1993 to the new Indus Creed now. How has the journey been? Uday: Zubin talks best about journeys! Zubin: I just knew Uday was going to pick up…

November 19, 2010

Interview with The Ministry of Blues

By - on 19/11/2010 at 10:54 am


The Ministry of Blues (MoB) play a genre of music that originated in the 1900s, but combine it with a distinctly 21st-century flair. The band’s music is not the laid back, lonesome blues but a hard-hitting “we’re coming at you like a ton of bricks” blues played with finesse and a deft touch. Red Hot Blues Rock is what they call it! The MoB line-up includes Philipe (vocals & lead guitars), Vinoo (bass), Rauf (vocals & keyboard) and Deepak (drums). WTS: Let’s start off with a bit of background information about MOB, how did it start and of course what made u call it The Ministry Of Blues? Philipe: The three of us used to…

November 2, 2010

Interview with Drones From The Turbine

By - on 02/11/2010 at 10:43 am


Drones from the Turbine is a psychedelic band from Bangalore that was formed in May ’09. The band members Anand Vijayasimha (vox/rhythm guitars), Pranav K (bass), Jaydev and Nithin (guitars) and Aditya (drums) are a bunch of peace-trippers who got together and started making music. WTS got in touch with the band and here’s what they had to say… WTS: Let’s start off with a little background information. How did Drones from the Turbine start, and what’s the story behind its name? Anand: Well, long before the band got together, PK (Pranav) and I went to a party one night.  I was pretty smashed and bored so I started reading a graphic novel called ‘Inhuman‘ by…