All about Parvaaz
Main Artist: Parvaaz
Parvaaz was formed in march 2010 by Kashif Iqbal, Khalid Ahmed and Neil Simon. Kashif and Khalid, two childhood friends met after a gap of three years while studying in Bangalore. Both had been involved with music individually, Kashif had been singing for the Delhi based Blank Noize since 2006 but because of the distance between two cities, that project had gone on the backburner after the launch of their second album Pukar. Khalid on the other hand, had been working on a solo project.
After meeting Khalid, the two had their first jam session at a friends place and at 3am one morning and came up with their first song together. Although it was a rough structure, the two found a common wavelength, musically. Neil had been playing guitar along with Kashif for a couple of bands in bangalore, and the two had a few compositions of their own. Parvaaz`s first official gig came at a college festival where they had Khalid on Vocals, Kashif on Lead Guitar, Neil on bass and Adarsh Deokota on Rhythm. It was an acoustic show where the band just played two songs. Surprisingly for them, the crowd response was overwhelming and this gave birth to the notion of starting a band. Somarshi Bhattacharya (Shomu), drummer for the band Dead Incarnation was chosen after a few auditions and Parvaaz was ready in total.
The three months that followed, saw Parvaaz participate in various college level competitions. This period can be termed one of the most crucial times in the band`s history as the boost from winning 5 of these competitions in a row, motivated all the members to change this otherwise temporary project into a fulltime pursuit.
Around october 2010, the band qualified for the finals of Zee Aspire - a talent hunt by Zee TV. For the finale they had to fly to Shillong. Since Shomu wasn`t able to join the band, they roped in Sachin Banandur, a common friend, who was previously a part of Insane with his brother Chetan Banandur. They ultimately won the competition and realised that Sachin`s intricate drumming and percussions added a new dimension to the sound and by December 2010, he was a permanent member.
In March 2011, the band went four-piece after Adarsh left due to other commitments. The quartet of Kashif, Khalid, Sachin and Neil now started work on their first single Dil Khush, an eight and a half minute track with a 3 minute drum solo, released 3rd July 2011. The first reviews of the band were comparisons with a 60`s psychedelic era with shades of Led Zeppellin, Pink Floyd and The Doors. By this time the band had gathered a decent fan following, mostly due to an epic performance at The Fireflies Festival of Music and Arts held earlier that year in Bangalore.
After the release of Dil Khush, Parvaaz started gigging heavily, at festivals like Big Junction Jam, Great Indian Octoberfest and Roots Festival. The band was about to record their second single in September 2011 when the intense pressure of balancing music and personal commitments took its toll on Neil. He ended up leaving the band a week after the recording. The band scrapped the single and began looking for a new bassist. Sachin had earlier in his career performed with a lot of musicians and knew Fidel Dsouza, a bassist with the jazz band Bourbon Street. After watching Parvaaz perform live at a local event, he later reconnected with Sachin and eventually become the new bassist.
Parvaaz now started work on new material and by January 2012 had a fresh set, quite different from their earlier work. They went on to perform at the Storm Festival held in Coorg. This show put them in the limelight and the band was finally performing along with big names like Swarathma, Indian Ocean and Raghu Dixit. Mtv covered the festival and the band got decent airtime adding to the buzz. During this festival, the band also made a tour documentary shot by Marika Simon, a friend of the band from Norway.
More new songs followed and by March 2012 the band chose five tracks to go into their debut EP Behosh. It was produced by the band themselves, recorded mixed and mastered by Jason Zachariah. The band is now working on a full length album, which they say will define their musical ambitions and shape their sound better. The band continues to discover themselves each day and are finding new direction through every performance. As Kashif puts it ``We are just getting there as performers, in today`s industry the walk to the top is long and hard, but when you have passion by your side, the journey is beautiful``.
Sachin started to play the Daf at the tender age of 5 to accompany folk musicians in his native Bananduru village. He has since grown into a flowing percussionist and a versatile drummer. His unique style with various percussive elements brings a Jazz-Blues touch to their songs.
From the coastal city of Mangalore, Fidel has been playing bass for more than 9 years now. His influences range from Konkani folk music to Jaco Pastorius.
Hailing from Kashmir, Khalid is the front man of the band, known for his soulful yet powerful voice. His musical influences come from a wide range of acts. Along with Kashif, the duo has been making music for years now, their distinctive styles blending to produce something special. Khalid is responsible for the bulk of the compositions and lyrics.
One of the two founding members of Parvaaz, along with Khalid, Kashif is also from Kashmir. He was into music from the age of 7. He started his musical career as the front man of Delhi based band Blank Noize for which he also wrote the lyrics. They put out two full length albums while together. After moving to Bangalore though, it was becoming hard to continue that project and the band disintegrated in late 2009. By now Kashif had been playing the guitar for around 3 years but only when the idea of Parvaaz came along did he take on a lead guitarist role.
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