Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The wait is over!



After two weeks of sleepless nights, fighting over details and sound-fatigue, our album Udaan is ready for take-off. You can find small clips up for preview at http://www.prayag.ibibo.com.

Please do post your feedback on the songs on that page. And watch out for the album at a store near you soon!

Cheers!

Prayag.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bandra rocks, Prayag style



Talk about hectic schedules!

In between the album recording – which is now over, we are happy to inform you -- we had a fun time playing at the Celebrate Bandra festival at the scenic Reclamation waterfront in Mumbai on November 23. And that itself was a miracle.

All of us were dog tired with the gruelling office-recording-gig 26-hour-day schedule we have been keeping lately, and to top it off, we had just 10 minutes to soundcheck while the other band, Swarathma, got an hour and a half.

Not their fault, really, and the folk-rockers from Bengaluru are very nice guys and good musicians, but -- as we are tired of saying -- the organisers of such events should clearly demarcate soundcheck times and see to it that the schedules are adhered to.

But all that was forgotten as we charged through a one-hour, all original set. The highlight of the evening were a bunch of kids jumping around on stage. Sumit was overheard muttering that if any of them stepped on his pedals he would chuck them into the Arabian Sea, yards away.

Before we go, don’t forget to look for our album Udaan, which should be in stores before you enter into 2010.

Also, please please please sign up at our network on Ibibo (Click Here), because that’s where you’ll find all the goodies (preview clips etc) from now on.

As always, here are a few pictures taken by a fan-cum-friend, Meenaz Lala.






Cheers!

Team Prayag



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Monday, November 16, 2009

Prayag Live @ the Kala Ghoda Festival of India

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a veritable Mumbai institution, and we have had the pleasure of performing there last year.

Evidently, the good folks at Kala Ghoda liked what they heard, because this year, we played at the Kala Ghoda Festival of India on November 2.

Swapnil lost his Dad 48 hours before the show. And since the show had to go on, we got our good friend & awesome musician Amit 'Amz' Ahuja to fill in - learn the songs in a day's notice and play the gig - and how.

We rocked this season even harder than last time, nevertheless. With a new member - Prasad Ruparel duelling on the guitar along with Sumit – to boot.

We had a gala time playing some brand new songs to the fairly mixed audience - Langoor was madness!

We leave you with a few pictures of the gig. Special thanks to Dilip Nair for capturing some wonderful moments.


See you at the Celebrate Bandra Festival on the 23rd of November, Reclamation promenade, Bandra (7:00 PM)

Cheers!

Prayag
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Prayag bags a Record Deal


A quick update.

We've just managed to bag a Record Deal with Counter Culture Records as part of the Ibibo Rising Rockstars contest.

Watch this space while we return with further details soon...

Cheers!

Team Prayag
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Kyra Pics...

Fellars,

Just a few pics of the Kyra Gig. We are unable to expand on the experience due to lack of words - from Missing flights to reaching just on time to bringing-the-House-down - Bangalore was an amazing experience.

These pictures just partly represent the Psychedelia that was...

Thanks Bangalore!


That's the whole point!


We mean it.













Converse! We need sponsors. Are you listening? :)

Before you leave this page, do not forget to download our 1st album - Chapter I - for FREE from our website! Spread the word.

Cheers!

Team Prayag.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This is it!


This is it. This is where Prayag charts its own course. This is when we say ‘up yours’ to the mainstream.

For those of you familiar with our story, you know that we’ve toiled like dogs, playing concerts across India, saving up, recording an album. We had the usual dreams, you know the drill -- video, acclaim, blah, blah.

While we’ve won over fans by the hundreds wherever we’ve played, it seems the record companies don’t want our music. So everytime you asked us, where can we buy your album, we were forced to say, 'soon, soon'.

Yes, the record companies -- a fast vanishing breed globally, (thank God) want the remixes. Yes they want the pseudo desi formulas with jhatkas and matkas and props. But they want gimmicks, not music.

They are not ready for full on, in your face music yet.

So, after a couple of years of trying to woo fat cat execs who would not know good music if it danced naked in front of them, Prayag has decided to do away the barrier of a record company between us and you, our fans.

From now, it’s us and you. Whatever we produce, comes straight to you -- music, videos, whatever, minus any mediators...

To start with, we are giving away all our songs from our first album Chapter - I , for free to you.

The songs will be available for download at our Website and various other places very soon.
Tell everyone you know to download the songs. Spread the music, spread the word, and spread the message of Rock 'N Roll.

Only one request, don't GIVE the songs to your friends, tell everyone to download from the sites mentioned. We need your support on this one, because we are trying to fight the system -- the system that lies to the world that India listens to nothing but recycled trash.

On that note of freedom, we are also mighty kicked to announce that we will be rocking Kyra Theatre in Bangalore as India celebrates Independence Day, August 15. Gates open 7 pm, we fire up at 8.

This one is extra special. This is our first Bangalore gig. And we can’t wait to win over India’s Information Technology hub with our music. Be there. You can buy tickets online HERE

Watch this space!

Cheers...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chapter II begins...


Okay people, here comes a big announcement. You’ll soon be able to download the first Prayag album, Chapter I, for free.

Yes, we have almost decided to give away our earlier tracks up for free downloads on our website and various other places.

And, we have started recording our new album!

We laid down some tracks for few of the freshly composed songs last Sunday, thanks to our friend and remarkable sound engineer Abhishek Ghatak and his students Ravi and Rahul.

We’ll keep you posted on the free downloads and new album story, but in the meanwhile, here are some pictures of a madness – (check out Viru’s morphed dancing on YouTube) and hard work filled day (12 hours at a stretch), and most of us had not slept the night before -- from the studio!


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Catch you soon.

Cheers!

Prayag.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering



Music is rather like life - every once in a while, something leaves a bad taste in your mouth. And our concert at the Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering in New Bombay was one of those.

For starters, the organisers got a drum kit that would win hands down in any worst kit award show. Viru had to make hi-hat stoppers with pieces of paper! Then, the band was provided stage amps – all of 10 watts, which would be too low volume for practising at home, let alone played in a gig.

And the crowd too wanted songs that were not really a band’s music. In fact, an organiser had the gall to tell us after gig: “Originals were not allowed.” WTF?!

This is what has killed Indian rock music in particular and art in general. We discourage creativity and encourage blind aping. 

Sorry folks, we can’t be just musical chimpanzees.

Be that as it may, we did rock the crowd! But then, that’s Prayag.









We're playing at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Versova, Mumbai on the ocassion of their Cultural Festival - Zodiac '09.

Be there to catch the band in action alongwith Psyx, Workshop & Sceptre!

Ciao then...
Prayag.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rocking along with girl-power!


Admit it, playing in front of hundreds of screaming women has to rank high on the wannabe rock stars' fantasy list. For us, that fantasy was realised February 21 when we played at the Cummins’ College of Engineering for Women in Pune.

And boy, did the girls know how to rock!

It was a dream playing to the super - charged audience - though the sound system was a nightmare – that did an enthusiastic two-minute countdown before we took the stage.

And what pleases us most is the very warm reception our own compositions have been getting wherever we play – Cummins was no exception.

We also met the Cummins college band, an all-woman outfit that deserves special mention. Rock on, girls!

Looking ahead, we are set to revisit Pune soon, plus there are some shows coming up in Mumbai. Watch this space or follow http://prayagzone.com/tour.html

We wish to post some pictures of the lovely gig, but are a little tired of doing that so often - and I have to rush too :)

Although Anisha wasn't there to make us look good, our friend Rohit did a decent job at it.



The Headless Guitar Hero so it seems :)




For more pictures, just Click Here.

Next gig: Zephyr '09, Lokmanya Tilak College of Enginerring, New Bombay. Cya there...


Cheers!

Prayag.



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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Surat, rocking chhe!



Too hectic a schedule, great sound, not so great accommodation, new songs and a whole lotta laughter marked the hectic Prayag gig in Surat on February 14. The huge poster in Citylights area of the diamond city declared “Prayag, straight from Mumbai.” 

And it was bang on target, because we drove into Gujarat without even a pit stop for breakfast. We were sleep-starved – Sumit, who stays up all night every Friday in office, went without sleep for 48 hours, the rest of us got barely an hour’s sleep and Viru came straight from Bangalore, where he had a gig – hungry and desperately needed some rest, but the organizers would have none of it. We were shepherded to a radio station where Sumit was handed a guitar -- he swears it was played last by Akbar the great -- for a radio interview. 

After that we were taken to an apology for a hotel for a quick shower and then straight to sound check. Thankfully, the sound was great.

And the real heroes of the Surat gig were Alex D’Souza, our new sound engineer, and Amish Shah, who joined us on rhythm guitar and backing vocals duties. Amish plays with Mumbai-based Hindi rock band Talaash, and he was a revelation! With just a day’s hasty run through, he pulled off all the songs with √©lan, and got the crowd roaring in appreciation with his fluent Gujarati. And we also did some songs on the spot onstage, just because he knew them. We’re not letting go of him in a hurry!

And another star was photographer par excellence Anisha Crasto, who makes us look so good through her magical camera eye.

The gig was of course the usual Prayag affair, with about 500 Surtis rocking along, demanding that we never stop.

We also had a great time after the gig at Amish’s friend Russell’s house, where we were treated to Surat-style Pav Bhaji and a lot of fun.

We love you, Surat, and would love to be back. Just please keep in mind we are human beings, not machines, and need some rest.

Oh and we also had a great time checking out the misspelt signboards: 2 ‘bad’ AC rooms and 2nd foolr are just two examples.

Next up is Pune, where we are playing at Cummins’ College on February 20. See you there!

Here are a few pictures for you:



Amish saved the day - and in style!



Now this was a first even for us...



For once, he didn't look light-starved



Those who actually did most of the singing that evening :)



Next Gig: Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune (20th Feb; 6:30 PM)


Cheers!

Prayag

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bollywood rock, Kala Ghoda, and Us


We woke up February 8 morning to find Prayag listed as “Bollywood rock” in The Times of India’s schedule of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
We had thought we would play an all-original set at the prestigious arts festival, which supposedly celebrates the eclectic.
 
Thoroughly disillusioned, we played seven of our own songs, Raaste, Aa Paas Aa, Daud, Waat, Bas Karo, Naya Savera, Kal Akele, and three songs which would classify as Bollywood rock – Rock on, Roo Ba Roo and Socha Hai.

It was a scorcher of a gig, because the sun was beating down at us like it too disliked any band that went under the excuse of Bollywood rock. Nevertheless we battled on, rattling off songs we had written about riots, misguided youth and lucid dreams (Naya Savera), the rat race (Daud), the Mumbai life (Waat), terrorism and government response (Bas Karo) and so on and so forth to what we must say was a surprisingly appreciative crowd.

They cheered more for our originals than the Bollywood rock numbers!



Anisha as usual, took some great photographs of the band, Pranab jumped around despite the heat (must be all the gymming he does), Sumit unleashed his hidden blues harp talent, and we were really touched by the gesture of so many people who saw our gig and came up to tell us that they had tears in their eyes listening to our songs like Bas Karo.

Meanwhile, Bachi Karkaria, a venerable editor of The Times of India, the venerable sponsors of the festival, chose to write about the band that played after us. The all-cover band was lauded for playing “modern” songs like Summer of 69.
 
So much for originality and the arts!

Like always, we leave you with some pictures of the gig:







V Man!





They call him the "Prayag Foundation"



Psychedelia! (?) Well later he told me he was about to faint on stage due to the heat :)




Cheers
Prayag!


p.s: We are all set to rock Surat on February 14, and Pune on February 20. Watch this space...

p.p.s: Most important, We are very very glad to announce a new member in the Prayag extended family – Alex D’Souza, who’s been working his magic on the sound console for the last two Prayag gigs. You rock, Alex, and Dil Maange More! 

Oh and one more thing. We would like to thank Nicole & Manjula of the Kala Ghoda Festival, who really went out of their way to help us in every way they could.
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