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Motherjane in Jakarta - Exclusive
Motherjane in Jakarta
Recently Motherjane performed in the Music Festival "Java Rocking Land" in Jakarta, which is a very prestigious and popular festival for music lovers. They were the only Indian band amongst other International Bands. This is an exclusive interview with Myband where they share their feeling in representating Indian Rock abroad and their experience performing in front of a crowd of more than 50,000.
"Jo Dargaya Samjho Margaya".
Myband: First of all, congratulations to all members of Motherjane for placing Indian Rock Music at the global platform of Java Rocking Land, the Rock Festival in Jakarta!!
You are the only Indian band selected in this festival. How are you feeling about it – thrilled or confident or happy to touch this milestone in international scenario? Or you have anything more than that?
Clyde: We were really happy to be part of this amazing festival...we believe it’s just the beginning of lots more to come ;-)
John: I’ll put it this way - one small step for Motherjane and a giant leap for Indian rock.
Myband: Please tell us about the event in short. How many total bands were? Audience strength? What was the time allotted for each Band? Was it a competition kind or it is just performance?
Clyde : It was a festival featuring 10 international acts and around 50 to 70 Indonesian acts with around 8 stages each of them with the best of sound and lights. Chilled out crowd...very warm and seemed to love what all the bands played too. We were given a really good slot to perform just before Mr. Big which brought in around 50000 people I guess...really huge ...but great fun to be there.
Myband: Were you not nervous to perform in such kind of ambience outside India? Was it your debut performance outside India?
Clyde: No it was not our debut performance abroad. We have performed in the Middle East before. Was just great being there in front of such a huge crowd and doing what we as a band like the most…playing music and reaching out to everyone who loves music.
John: Never. We just wanted to get onstage and unleash ourselves. We were very excited about this from day 1.
Myband: How was the audience?
Clyde: The crowd was amazing. Most of them hadn’t heard our music before but seemed to like us from the feedback we have received on our website. Do go to www.motherjane.in and see what they had to tell us.
John: Superb. I’m at a loss for words.
Myband: How many numbers did you play?
Clyde : It was a one hour slot and we just played all our songs from Maktub and couple of songs from insane biography. Around 10 songs in all.
Myband: There were other international bands from UK, US, Japan, Holland, Denmark etc. Have you been able to interact and talk to them?
Clyde :Kept bumping into them at the venue and at the hotel where we were all put up.It was nice to have small chats with them too.
John: Got to know more about the international rock scenario.Really a nice experience. Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Eric Martin from Mr. Big were one of the first people we met after checking in at a hotel, have a nice pic somewhere. Was great interacting with the legends of rock and roll.
Myband: What was your learning? How they were presenting themselves?
Clyde : Some cool and calm. some shy and reserved. We just had to be ourselves and we had a good time so did they....
John: I’m sure they realized that India is at par with the international scenario.
Myband: What was their attitude towards Indian Band music? Do they know about Bollywood influence ?
Clyde : Even Mr. Big was performing here in Jakarta for the first time and was shocked by the amazing crowd. They would be in for a surprise when they come to India too. The west is just getting to know about brand India …. India rules. It’s high time Indian rock made a mark so from now they will know more about Indian rock.
John: The crowd seemed to be shocked at first, but 10 minutes into the gig, they started to connect with us and then they got the hang of it. We had a nice time playing for them and from the feedback we understand that we made quite an impact.
Myband: Do you ever feel that in India, you are not getting the deserved recognition for your talent?
Clyde: We are happy with what we have been doing in India. The wonderful fans in India have made us what we are today and this is just the beginning of our journey to other parts of the world too.
John: Never had that feeling, India is a wonderful country.
Myband: This event must be a great motivation for your future endeavor. Now don’t you feel that you have to compete with yourself to sing better for the fact that tomorrow you have to touch another milestone?
John: Yes, that is true. It was very inspiring and we are so happy that we are associated with such an expressive form of music.
Clyde: We just have to keep making more music which touch the heart and souls of everyone and we love to keep doing that more and more so there is no question of competing with anyone...
Myband: When will your new album be released?
Clyde: Graffiti Without Walls, as they next album will be called will be out next year. Have started work on a few songs. This time we have the luxury of our own studio our record label is building us. So producing the album will take lesser time as compared to the other albums .But till the next album, its Maktub!
Myband: We thank you for joining Myband. How do you feel about Myband? What is your expectation from Myband?
Clyde: Another door has opened, we believe for the Indian rock scene. Let’s all together take Indian rock to great heights. Thank you all for the undying support of Indian rock.
John: I like your site and its content. As your tagline says, I feel it’s a great destination for bands. And you guys have covered quite a lot of ground in a short span of 6 months.
Myband: One last question, you have the chance to give one piece of advice to the young and new rock bands from India. What would it be?
Clyde: Believe in your music and it will open the doors for you....Keep rocking everyone ;-)
John: I would say push the limits. Nothing can stop you but you.and for those who are worried about the people around them or the society at large, I’d like to quote Gabbar Singh from the movie Sholay -"jo dargaya samjho margaya".
Never lose faith. Godspeed
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