A band that plays everything retro, even stuff that sounds retro… across genres and styles.
About the Artist:
He’s basically a guitarist and singer. Then, he writes songs, teaches kids and adults to play guitar, does English voiceovers, makes music for short films and sometimes moves over to play bass guitar.1990 was the starting point, and MILESTONE went on to top the dance bands in Bangalore. Performances all over the South, earned them the reputation of being the most accommodating band around. After MILESTONE disbanded was guitarist / vocalist for PINK CHAMPAGNE .Later a team up with old bandmates and friends resulted in KHROME which was essentially a retro outfit.
I like something that has life in it…there has to be feel in a song…in the lyrics, the vocals…everything. I’d rather listen to a simple 3-chord thing than a virtuoso rambling up and down his instrument.Mark Knopfler,Neil Diamond,Clapton,Gary Moore,Joe Satriani….they’ve all given me food for thought.I’d never close my mind to checking out new stuff and finding something
Joshua is originally from Goa though based in Bangalore for the past four years. Playing piano and keyboard since the age of eight made him open up to various styles such as Pop, Rock and more recently, Jazz and Blues.He’s played with various bands and artists in Goa and Bangalore – Colin D’Cruz and Jazz Junction, The Gerard Machado Network, Megha (Indo Fusion Band). His musical tastes range across Jazz, Funk and Blues to Rock’n’Roll and other retro music. He loves to play anything and anywhere, where his creative gene gets activated and he is able to improvise and experiment.He has an album ‘ALWAYS THERE’ produced by Colin D’Cruz under the JazzGoa label.
In his own words- “I listen to a lot of variety because I believe what you hear is what comes out of you. Stuff I listen to includes Keith Jarret, Chick Corea, new age jazz artists such as Robert Glasper, and contemporary pop such as ABBA, Carpenters, Beatles, Sting etc. My goal is to have fun in music; be it at the studio, on stage or wherever !! Cheers !! Viva re Viva!!”
He has been singing and playing with bands since his schooldays. He has also performed with various choirs in Bangalore and won music competitions as a soloist. Was a co-founding member of a pioneering Gospel Rock Band in Bangalore SARDIS during the 90’s that recorded and released several albums with originals. During the early part of the new millennium, he teamed up with a group of friends to form a short lived band called PARADIGM SHIFT that got a few shows under its belt. What does he have to say about his influences? “My music is largely influenced by Classic Rock. However, I enjoy listening to and playing any music that has a strong melody.”
CANUTE (KEN) D’CRUZ:
A drummer/vocalist is hard to find and Ken does a great job in both departments. It all began in the early ‘90s- ‘SOUTHERN REBEL’ took him in as their regular drummer and five years in the band turned him into a seasoned musician. After playing as part of ‘THE WEB’ for a short stint, the drums of destiny beckoned from the capital. He joined ‘LYRA’ that boasted of a wide repertoire encompassing jazz standards as well as modern pop. Back in Bangalore as a part of ‘PINK CHAMPAGNE’ at The Mandarin, Hotel Ashok, He had a twelve year session while the winds of change did blow. He embraced the change playing an electronic drum pad and later ventured into the hitherto uncharted area of playing the keyboard with a duo act, entertaining the audience at BARBECUE NATION, catering to an array of requests in varied genres. Over the last five years, he has been helping young musicians at the school level find and hone their musical strengths. Be it the school choir, brass band, practicing for a competition, growing in confidence, gaining expertise or getting over stage fright, his experience in the professional arena helps him give his students the boost they need.
Eric has been part of bands since college days. Then came a classic rock/jazz rock setup called MDs in the early ‘90s, which went on to win quite a few competitions. They also performed all over the country. He donned the ‘family man’ mantle for a few years but now, the band bug is back. His musical influence goes all the way right from classical, jazz & blues, rock, folk, Indian and any other possible style. And the top bands in his opinion: “The Top Six on my list would probably be CSN, Steely Dan, Robben Ford, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and Sting.” He now runs a recording studio catering mainly to advertising.