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    Why you need to book your tickets for the Mighty Rock Union in Bengaluru

    One of the country’s most anticipated rock events, the Mighty Rock Festival is expected to be as powerful as it sounds. Together with Sound Awake this year, the festival was originally presented by Groove Shack — a music café in Calicut, Kerala, which has built a name for hosting live performances by artistes from all corners of the country, in a bid to promote local and independent talent. This time’s line-up includes heavy metal and rock outfits ranging from Black Letters and Live Banned to Mad Orange Fireworks and When Chai Meets Toast. We catch up with a few others who warn that tickets are fast selling, and advise you to get yours soon.

    White Mug
    Groovy, rock ‘n’ roll describes this quartet best, and vocalist Mathews takes us backstage.

    Sparking an idea.
    I think it starts with emotion. As long as we have emotions, we have songs and paintings and anything artistic. If you believe in your music, if it’s genuine and real, no matter what happens, just stay on. It will work out.

    Growth of festivals.
    Music festivals are the best. The  energy transfer is amazing and you see people are already in the mood and all you need is to have fun.

    Expectations of MRU
    We are expecting people to jump with us, sing with us and our music to reach many more. This time, we have something new for the audience. Some interesting contemporary changes to the sound for a few new tracks with a mix of our power packed earlier tracks.

    In the pipeline
    We are one step closer to recording our full length album. Currently, we have almost finished experimenting in studios. The scratch is done. Now its  time to hit the studio for real.

    Girish and The Chronicles

    Heading to town from Sikkim, lead vocalist Girish Pradhan
    tells us more

    Feeling the rhythm.
    The most beautiful part about being an artiste is that it liberates us. It gives us a sense of freedom and makes you feel like you are a part of something divine.

    Views on EDM.
    I have no views on EDM as I don’t listen to it. Just like I don’t listen to a lot  of other forms of music, which includes rock bands that I’m not interested in.  As for good rock music, it’ll continue living long after everything else is finished.

    Peek into the set list
    Songs from Back on Earth. And fans of ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n’ Roses are going to rock their brains out.

    A band to catch at the event.
    Mother Jane.

    Overtone
    Vocalist Maria Roe Vincent shares the collective views of this pop rock band from Chennai

    Music festivals are…
    …Amazing. We’ve come a long way from about 10 years ago, in terms of the independent music. Now, bands and artistes can have thriving careers because of these festivals. That is also why I am expecting to have the time of my life at the Mighty Rock Union.

    The Overtone experience.
    We are primarily a commercial band covering all genres and types of artistes. We like to stick to the current top 100 hits, both in English and Tamil. Efficient and non-dramatic is our style during recordings and song writing. Fuss-free sessions are the best way to bring out creativity. At the gig, you can expect classics like Michael Jackson. We will also do a few originals.

    Career high…
    Being on stage. Period. Nothing beats that high.

    Advice for those starting out.
    Work smart. Not everybody with talent makes it, and not everybody who’s made it is talented.

    How do you cover up mistakes on stage?
    Well, mistakes I usually try to ignore on stage, unless it’s something very prominent. If that happens then I just break into an impromptu dance routine!
    May 23-24. At CounterCulture, Whitefield Road, Bengaluru. Early bird tickets are priced at `1,250 upwards. Details: 09535336383

    Aakanksha Devi

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