Interview – Shironamhin

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Q1. Tell us a bit about the band’s history & Genre?
We started the band in 1996, with Jewel (guitarist) and Bulbul (Vocal) in our first line-up and Zia was the founding member. We did our debut performance, an un-plugged one, in the TSC Auditorium of Dhaka University. Eventually, Tuhin joined us in 2000 to be the Vocalist. As we belonged to the same academic department, we had, and still have the perfect sort of mutual understandings. We had prepared around 100 songs and out of it, we had selected 10 songs and an instrumental track for our first album Jahaji in 2004.
We have gone through several theories of music. Initially we considered our first album to be Psychedelic and afterwards, the second one to be Psychedelic Rock. We assume that our vocabulary sounds like rock and lyrics follow both Psychedelic and Surrealist genres. There are tiny bits of ‘post-modernism’ and ‘magic realism’, existent in our literature. So, there is nothing specific in our genre, instead everything is mixed up. That is how we have discovered our ‘own genre’ and it is called SHIRONAMHIN!
Q2. How did you come up with the band’s name?
We used to hang out a lot and singing together became our habit inside the BUET campus. Strangely, we wrote around 100 tracks without even feeling the need to give a title for each track. When we realized that an official title is required for our band, we came up with a relevant name, Shironamhin – ‘the band with no name’. (Laughing)

Q3. What are your musical and artistic influences?
We are influenced by multiple cultural elements- Modern & Ancient Paintings… Movies… We have watched more than 6000 movies… Poetry, especially by Sunil Ganguly, Helal Hafiz and Joy Goswamy… We are also influenced by Kabir Sumon’s lyrics.
Q4. How do you reach the audience?
We keep in touch with our listeners through our Facebook Fan Page, where we post updates and notify for upcoming events. Unlike the current trend, we don’t want ‘extra publicity’, rather we believe in a ‘casual communication’ with our fans and potential listeners. If listeners appreciate our songs they may vote/rate us via SMS. If we feel that the expectations from our listeners are being fulfilled then we try our best to reach them by any means.
Q5. What was the most difficult point of your career as a band? How did you get over it?
Before Jahaji we conducted our first jamming in Elephant Road. We consider those days to be our ‘Black Period’, as we had faced numerous obstacles and shared together some of the worst moments of our lives. Tuhin’s father was dead; we didn’t have the money to buy instruments. Although we were briefly ‘rescued’ by our ‘fortunate’ friends but that didn’t last long due to our intensive lack of mutual standpoints. However, we were able to overcome these troubles with the strength of our will and our ‘personal connections’ with the music industry. These two advantages had helped us to shape today’s Shironamhin.
Q6. Is there any project/album that you are currently working on?
Due to the ongoing political turmoil of Bangladesh we are not active in any album/projects/live performances at this moment. Apart from that we are working with rare instruments like ‘Cello Bass’ as we want to utilize our spare time by fruitful means.
Q7. When can your fans expect something new from your band?
Our fans are always curious to know the exact time of album-releases, even to an extant of being obsessed. We think that we are not the best of musicians and sometimes we feel sorry t for not being quite up to the mark, as far as the expectation of a single listener is concerned. Anyway we necessarily try our best to deliver our finest creativity, thus winning the hearts and minds of the people out there.
Q8. Any news/messages for your fans?
We would like to send a message to our fans and all the upcoming musicians= our music industry is suffering from piracy. So we request you to download sound tracks from legal websites even it is free. So that, musicians may survive and make your dreams come true.
Lastly, we are deeply concerned about the excessive dependency on musical software which is dominant these days. In our view, this imbalanced uses of software is actually destroying the aesthetic values and foundation of music itself. We condemned this practice as ‘unethical’ and ‘disgrace’ for our music industry. If our upcoming musicians concentrate more on instruments, we hope Bangladesh will be able to maximize the quality of its music and defeat any challenge from anywhere across the globe in the pursuit of resourceful music.


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