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Last update: 09/13/12 12:23:08
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Location: INDIA: Mumbai
Signed up: 20 Oct 2009 10:11 PM
Influences: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Guns N' Roses, Incubus, Dave Weckl Band, Buddy Guy,BB king,Pearl jam,Allterbridge,guthrie govan,Greg howe,Niacin,
The Hoodwink Circle – Band Profile
The Hoodwink Circle is an eclectic mix of performers from all over Bombay, and is a super-group of some sorts. The members also play for or have played for bands like Louis Banks, Toufeeq Qureshi, Shibani Kashyap, Ash Chandler, Nandoo Bhende, Merlin D’souza, Gino Banks, Echoes, Defying Gravity, Para-Vayu, Sheldon d’ Silva, Susie Q,Devoid,Fiddle me this etc.; and have come together to pursue their true musical roots, which are primarily based on Funk and it’s derivations. The members truly believe in the power of music, and firmly believe that complex music can be understood by the average listener. The band’s music reflects this very sentiment.
The band was initially called Wasabi, and gained local fame by competing in a few college competitions here and there. However, just about a year back, around October 2008,Lead guitarist Sanju and bassist Ishaan were united through the Nandoo Bhende Band; and the band hasn’t looked back since. With more than 11 original songs under their belt, they are looking forward to playing more shows in the circuit and eventually recording and releasing an album.
The band’s primary influence is unanimously the Red Hot Chili Peppers , John Mayer, Toto and Buddy Guy. Other influences are funk artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson etc. In addition to the funk influences, the guitarists in particular are heavily influenced by progressive artists such as Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree.
Every song takes the listener to different zones, with elements of most genres being incorporated in the music; along with a strong funk overtone.
All the members have played all over India and even internationally at some level; however as a band, they have concentrated on their music, and are yet to play at big venues as The Hoodwink Circle.
The Hoodwink Circle is a 4 piece band:
Aidan Lewis (Vocals): Known more for his vocal depth and tonality rather than his range; Aidan commands the stage with his broad stature. His strengths lie in his lyrical ability and the much-crave ‘blues feel’ that vocalists strive for.
Sanjeev Aguiar (Lead Guitar): The ever-funny guitarist from Thane, Sanju is known for his impeccable technique and distinct style. His playing style encompasses elements from various genres, especially metal blues and jazz.
Joshua Vaz (Drums & Percussion): The most accomplished member in the band, Joshua has a wide repertoire of styles under his belt; The son of illustrious drummer and percussionist Franco Vaz and grandson of India’s legendary drummers, Leslie Godinho and Francis Vaz, it was inevitable that Joshua would carry the rich musical legacy into the next generation. He has played with the most noted musical names in India such as Taufeeq Qureshi, Shibani Kashyap, Manasi Scott, Merlin Dsouza, Gino Banks, Nandoo Bhende, Suchitra Pillai, Floyd Fernandes, Giovani, Asheley Quinne, Ravi Chari, Ravi Ayer ,Nilesh Dahanukar, Sanket Naik, American singer song writer Daniel Tyler
He has also recorded with the London based ‘Drum And Bass’ group Shiva Sound System and arranged rhythm sections for a couple of Bollywood songs, has also toured with many Indian classical dance troupes
He has won the all India Best College Drummer, twice in a row and now has his sights set on the professional world. etc. He is known for his ‘killer grooves’, and tight drumming style.
Ishaan Krishna (Bass & Backing Vocals): At 20. Ishaan is the youngest member of the band. He is given a free rein with respect to bass lines and solos, and these are encouraged by the other band members. He has a variety of styles under his belt, from aggressive slap bass to melodic progressive st
Funk. Although THC has music influenced from all genres, the most notable genre styles are Alternative Rock ,Blues Funk. There are derivations of other genres in their music, but the primary blues and funk feel is clear, and this is what they base themselves on.
Always energetic on stage, the members of THC are known for their on-stage antics. With a 6-piece band, finding space on stage is always hard, but the members compensate by grooving in tandem, with their trademark stop-and-go routine.
With the biggest influence on their music being Funk and Funk artistes, THC naturally tend to cover such songs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Incubus, John Mayer and other such blues funk artistes are a favourite of theirs. Other artistes- Porcupine Tree, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, John Mayer Trio, Audioslave, Maroon 5, Jamiroquai.
Ishaan Krishna – 9920330320
Joshua Vaz – 9819258432
Sanju Aguiar – 9920217118
Aidan Lewis – 9833285165
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