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MUSIC Ajay Chanam, founder of Angels Rock, believes in playing music that does not perpetuate any wrong ideas

Without wasting any time, with no prompts or cues, Ajay Chanam, the founding member of Angels Rock, says, “We are a bunch of guys in our 30's who grew up listening to a certain kind of music, one that was degenerating over a period of time and when we realised that there was no band that played the kind of music we liked, we decided to do something about it.”

The band which is the collective effort of Ajay, Dipankar, Leelando and Jimmy played their first gig at Herbs and Spice in collaboration with Yamaha Thomsun Music House. They play classic rock music from the 70s right up till the 90s and Ajay says: “We play music that is more melodious, but this is just something we are doing to keep the engine warm. The grand plan is to release an album, with our original compositions which is radically different. The songs we write are in Hinglish and for the moment we are playing covers because it is our way of getting exposure.” The name Angels Rock could mean anything, but Ajay explains, “Rock music has always been associated with all things irresponsible and linked to the devil. If one likes or plays rock music they are considered the black sheep which is not true and we want to change that. Music cannot be associated with anything bad, it is the lyrics that are explicit.”

The band is naturally aligned to all things positive, “We consider ourselves the carriers of good music and make it a personal responsibility to play music that does not perpetuate any wrong ideas.”

Being a band is an expensive affair and requires them to afford equipment that can be roughly estimated at five lakh rupees if not more, “We contacted Yamaha who offered to sponsor the equipment – it is an investment they are making. Everything has a business side to it, and so does music and we are just tapping every opportunity that is available to us,” says Ajay. According to him singing in Hindi in fact opens up the audience for them, “I think we need to make it big in our country before we can become international, it is a step by step process. More than 50 percent of the country speaks Hindi, so singing in Hindi will only help us reach out to a larger audience.”

Ajay writes most of the lyrics and the tunes are a collective effort, he says, “It is a symbiotic relationship, the music and lyrics help each other out.

“Sometimes it is the lyrics that help you find a tune and sometimes the sound of the tune has a certain feeling and gives you an idea about what the song should be about.”

CATHERINE RHEA ROY

More than 50

per cent of the country speaks Hindi, so singing in Hindi will only help us reach out to a larger audience

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