Junkyard Groove, Amplifier , Nikhil Dsouza & Submerge Night
Made popular by the renowned 1994 movie Lion King, the Swahili phrase roughly translates to `Don`t worry, be happy` and that is precisely what we`re going to do this year at Pearl`13`! It`s fun time with Pearl around the corner; it`ll be your destination for all competitions, events and stunning pro-shows all lined up to enthral you. It`s your chance once again, to excel in the cultural events, groove to the music and have a great time. While the likes of Mario and Pac-man entertained you last time around, this time it`ll be Timon and Pumbaa singing Hakuna Matata, convincing you to leave behind your troubles, forget your worries and be happy!
The Pearl`12 theme of `8-bit gaming` was a successful endeavour where the arts team had a gala time decorating the campus and it wasn`t left unappreciated as we saw huge crowds turning up to be a part of the extravaganza. The pro-shows included Benny Dayal and foreign artistes like Ela Rose, David Deejay and a Belgian metal band Thurisaz, entertaining thousands that gathered. The flagship events like Til` Deaf Do We Part and Fraglore attracted good competition.
Come March, let go of all your inhibitions, troubles and worries and get ready for 3 days of splendid fun at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad. Teleport to world of freedom and joy; unwind, untangle and loosen up; prepare yourselves for a world where your past doesn`t matter, your future doesn`t yet exist and the present is all that matters and you`ll be enjoying your `present` if it`s at Pearl`13 alright!
Junkyard Groove was formed in the year 2005 and have become a main stay on the Indian Independent music scene. A band that has seen every highs and lows of being a band.Starting from being signed to an international label, opening for some of the biggest bands in the world (Iron maiden, Incubus, Prodigy, Robert Plant and more), to being dropped from their label along with going through line up changes. Their first album 11:11 was a huge success garnering a big fan base and winning quite a few awards. Their song ``its Ok`` has become a part of play lists on every English radio station in India. Junkyard Groove was one of the first bands to take advantage of social media and viral marketing in India. In April 2011 after a small hiccup Junkyard Groove was back with a new line up with Ameeth Thomas as founding member on vocals and guitars, Naveen Thomas coming in on lead guitars as very experienced guitarist from Bangalore, Sajith Satya (the bass prodigy from Chennai belonging to the Satya clan )and Shashank Vijay a drummer that makes a four piece band sound like 5. Since then they have put out 2 singles Beautiful Crime and Speed of love written, produced and engineered by front man Ameeth Thomas. The band is currently finishing up their second album due to release in Jan 2012. One thing is for sure ,this is a band that does not play by anyone`s rules but their own.
Nikhil D Souza and Band
Nikhil DSouza is a guitarist/singer-songwriter from Mumbai. The genre might be loosely defined as pop/alternative with folk influences. The music has a full melodic quality to it mainly due to the use of alternative tunings, favored by such artists as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley, on most of the tracks.
His main influences have been Sting, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, and Damien Rice besides several others.
He was chosen as one of the few solo artists to represent India at the regional finals of Sutasi, a talent search for Asian music, which was featured in the November 2008 issue of Rolling Stones India. Winning the regional finals, he went on to the grand finals of the show, which was broadcast across most of Asia.
Rolling stones also favorably reviewed one of his songs in the January 2009 issue, and has featured him in the ``Artists to watch`` in the December 2009 issue, and a similar article in Verve in Jan 2010. He was also featured in Faces of the Future in India Today.
The highlight of the year 2009 was his solo performances in Australia at the One Movement for Music festival in Perth in October and venues around Melbourne that were very well received.
Hes one of the few musicians whove been successful in the Indie-Mainstream crossover; his voice is now one of the most instantly recognizable voices in the ad/film industry, having sung in films like Aisha, Anjaana Anjaani, Crook, Kuch luv Jaisa. Although it is refreshing to see that originality in music has and will always be his top priority.
Amplifierare aprogressive rockband fromManchester,England. The band has released three albums and two EPs since its inception in 1999. Their self-titleddebut album was released in 2004 byMusic for Nations. Their second album,Insiderwas released in Europe in 2006 on the SPV label. Their third album,The Octopus, was released to fans in December 2010 ahead of a full release in January 2011. The band are currently working on a new album.
Amplifier`s sound has been described as ``Soundgarden,Tool,Black Sabbath,OceansizeandPink Floydtaking copious amounts of mind-altering substances and venturing on a trip through time and space (to another dimension), and back again.``Their music is characterised by lead singer and guitarist Balamir`s effects pedals, extended heavy sections, atmospheric compositions and philosophical lyrics mainly dealing withastronomy,the cosmosand the darker side ofhuman nature.
Sel Balamir Guitarandlead vocals
Matt Brobin Drums
Steve Durose -Guitarandbacking vocals
Alexander ``Magnum`` Redhead -Bassandbacking vocals
8th March: Junkyard groove 9th March: Amplifier 10th March: Nikhil Dsouza & Submerge Night
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