The Buzz: Scribe's high-power performance at Independence Rock recently set the stage on fire. They were easily the best that night and their energy passed on to the crowd. For the musicians, the band is something sacred and something that has taken shape after each of them being in other contemporary bands. They were serious, committed, but at the same time not taking themselves seriously. The sound they wanted to explore was hardcore and they really hit it off at the first jam session.
• 2007 Independence Rock winners.
• They’ve played at shows such as GIR.
• They’ve been interviewed on Big FM.
• They have an EP called ‘Have Hard, Will Core’
The Record Q & A
With the vocalist Vishwesh Krishamoorthy
TR: How did the band come together?
Scribe: We have all been friends for quite some time; we have been a part of various bands and that’s how we knew of each other. I used to be part of Split and Akshay who was with Skincold would just sit around and play our songs. He became a part of Scribe. I was with four or five bands and played punk, rock, hip-hop and finally Scribe happened. The first time we jammed together, we sat in a small studio in Chembur; we set the place ablaze. The chemistry was amazing and we were amazed with what we could do together.
TR: What is the story behind the name of your band?
Scribe: Honestly, it has two meanings; one is a sharpening tool and other, journalist. But we did not come up with it for any meanings, no philosophy. Somebody just threw the name and nobody had a problem so we stuck to it. We thought it sounded cool.
TR: Tell us about each member of the band, their musical background and personality.
Scribe: Srinivas Sunderrajan (bassist): He is the guy who takes care of the money, gigs, venue, and schedule to jam. He’s [extremely] organised. We know we are never going to miss flights because of him; he makes sure we know which is the next song we will be playing, while on stage. If [not for him], we would have been in different venues.
Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy (vocals): I annoy people. I’m the guy who talks to the crowd, but I love being with these guys. I know they’ll dance for my wedding and come home to check my cholesterol when I’m 60 years old. I’m in the band because of them.
Akshay Rajpurohit (guitars): He is a kid; the youngest in the band and gets into a lot of mischief. He looks up to Prashant and the chemistry and energy between the two of them gives you goose bumps.
Niraj Trivedi (drummer): He’s the skipper and keeps the rhythm section going. He is always enthusiastic about his work and keeps the vibe going. He is also the fashion consultant.
Prashant Shah (guitars): He is Scribe. If it wasn’t for him, Scribe wouldn’t exist. I could go on about what he’s done for the band. His songwriting skills are prolific and he is an eccentric person, but that’s the reason we can’t do without him.
TR: For someone who has never heard of you, which of your original compositions would be the best introduction to the band?
Scribe: There is an instrumental that Prashant has written titled Egherea which we all bonded very well on. It’s our favourite and we ourselves as audience love it. There are a few unfinished songs which we are composing for our album which will be out in December.
TR: Which bands are you heavily influenced by?
Scribe: Some bands we all wanted to sound like would be Sickth, Everytime I Die. Sometimes we also listen to western classical music.
TR: Is your music on any online community?
Scribe: It’s on www.myspace.com and other networking sites such as Facebook, Orkut and Gigpad which has kept the scene going for so many years. We network around the country and have made friends through the forums on these sites. It just sets things free.
TR: Which has been your most memorable gig?
Scribe: In recent times, it’s probably this one gig we played in Bangalore. It was a very romantic dining place with candles and stuff. We and Boomarang (a North East band) were playing live on the stage. It was the most inappropriate place for us to play. But we were playing songs we have never played before; we were literally creating music and the audience was smiling. It was just that moment which was overwhelming. We’ve had a crowd of 6,000 begging us for more, but nothing beats this one experience.
You can read the rest of our feature Rockin' India: Scribe in the November 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
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