They left their steady jobs for their love for music and soon formed a Sufi Ethnic rock band, Highway 61, in 2008. Once their band was liked by music lovers, they launched Muziclub to impart knowledge about music.
The music institute will complete four years this year, and to mark this special occasion, they are celebrating their fourth annual day. Sharing their joy will be two musicians, Ashish Manchanda and Ranjit Barot, who have been a part of musical productions like MTV Unplugged as well as Bollywood films. They will be the chief guests this evening. Starting with small celebrations they have now moved to a bigger stage, performing to a larger audience, Muziclub has come a long way.
Around 60 students, who have formed five bands, will perform at the event. For these five bands — Agrim, Tattva, Gravity zero, One Way Street and Alive jam — this is their first ever live performance as a band. Each band will perform three songs. All the students have been learning different instruments — violin, synthesizer, drums, tabla, etc.
Hardik Vaghela, the keyboardist with Highway 61 and a faculty at Muziclub, says, “We have randomly put our students in five different groups. This is all a learning exercise for them, since they will now be performing with others.”
The tracks that have been selected are of varied genres. Songs of western bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, numbers by artists like Sona Mohapatra, and some Bollywood hits have also been chosen. Some students will play solo piano pieces of western classical, Beethoven and Mozart. Ravi Shirol, a student and lead vocalist and mandolin player with Gravity zero band, says, “Ours is a seven-member band and we are playing three Bollywood tracks. It’s a big opportunity for beginners like us to perform on such a big stage.”
Apart from their regular students, Muziclub welcomes other artists and music lovers for their Sunday jam session, which is open to all. Recently, they had organised a competition for other artists, The winning band from the competition, Anavya, and two solo performers are also a part of the musical medley at the event.
Taking a backseat and letting their pupil perform, Highway 61 has only played the role of mentors. Anand Joshi, the main drummer of Highway 61, will play guitar with a few bands and Hardik will play the keyboard. Hardik says, “We did not restrict our students to playing any particular genre. We guided them throughout, right from choosing the songs to arranging them.”
(Muziclub annual day celebration will take place at Hard Rock Cafe, Koregaon Park, on June 20)