Bringing it alive
Indian Ocean is coming out with a DVD of its live concert
Photo: Nagara Gopal
Creating history Indian Ocean in action
It’s a first in the history of contemporary Indian music. Indian Ocean has set a number of trends in the past. And here it is with another one. An audio CD of a live concert might be commonplace, but this fusion band is creating a precedent by
launching a DVD of its live concert. Great idea? Then thank Amit Kilam, the band’s drummer, as the idea found its genesis in him.
“All of us felt it was a great concept and decided to go ahead with it immediately,” explains Rahul Ram, the bassist and vocalist.
The band members feel they perform better onstage than in the studio, and this convinced them to go with Amit’s suggestion. “We are basically a lively band. We know we sound better in our concerts than in CDs. We are not too happy in the studios. Our chemistry is enhanced onstage, which I feel makes a lot of difference. Anyway, this DVD is a celebration of the band for being together,” adds Rahul.
A concert at the Garden of Five Senses, Delhi, was the chosen one to be recorded. A cameraman friend, who has worked in Hollywood and Bollywood, came to their help with the technicalities.
“We set up eight cameras to capture the show. Later, we did a 24-track recording in two sets at a studio. But it is the editing that took a lot of time. We went to a studio in Varadapalayam in Andhra Pradesh for post production, as a DVD requires a 5.1 mix. Then we had to get a censor certificate, which every DVD requires,” says Rahul throwing light on the technical aspects.
With 11 tracks, the DVD runs over 110 minutes and is priced at Rs.300. Except for one song, “Bula Raha”, all others are from their previous albums. The album will be officially launched this month at the India Habitat Centre.
Though EMI has the marketing rights, the DVD, like their earlier albums, has been produced and released by the band’s own record company, Kandisa Private Limited. The members are hopeful of its success.
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