A things I can’t live without, apart from my parents, love and friends will be guitar and music that will make to the list.
But I was never a born musician. There were friends of mine (Amit Chandra aka Candy and Navneet Singh aka Noni) from school days who used to play old country stuff along with Lucky Ali and K.K. but I was always a part of audience then.
My first real introduction to music was done while I was preparing for JEE examination (25th December 2002). By then Candy and Noni had moved from the world of Lucky Ali to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and the likes. One day after my coaching classes, as I entered Candies house I found a lot of noisy stuff going inside. Actually they were listening to Fly Away by Aerosmith. At that stage I was just like any other normal person without a bit a of knowledge about music. I couldn’t even play Sa,Re,Ga,Ma on guitar or infact any instrument. I asked them ‘Whats the big deal in this song?’. They laughed at me and asked to sing the song for them, as they were planning to form a rock band. Well I was unaware of the world of music, scales, pitch started murmuring the lyrics of the song in my own tune and pitch. I can still recall the way the laughed at me after I sang the first line of the song ‘Gotta find a way’. Actually I sang something ‘Gaataa find a way’ in old dehaati style.
That was my first encounter with the world of music. They gave me a CD full of rock songs and asked me to listen to it. Slowly and steadily, out of what reason I liked the songs, specially ‘Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana’. Candy and Noni looking to form a band turned to me. They initially thought of training me as a drummer and for about 15-20 days I was official drummer of the band . Candy being as Vocalist/Bass/Guitarist and Noni with Vocals/Leads. Anyhow they soon realized the mistake they made by making me a drummer and Candy took my place and I moved to bass guitar.
Fortunately I got selected in JEE and touch wood I got Guwahati. A place you can associate with rock music.There I met some of the best buddies in my life. Special mention to Vikram Batra, Varun Chaudhary with whom I spend many jam sessions. We all entered IIT Guwahati as a novice in music but we made sure by 4th year that our music has the power to capture the rock power.
I formed rock band “Ichor” back in IIT Guwahati with Varun Chaudhary. Till then back in lucknow Navneet formed a band called “Aaveg” and also earned some great name in the field of music and rock guitaring.
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