Rock and metal music lovers of Kolkata were in for a treat last Sunday, 11thJanuary, 2015, as Australian progressive rock band Karnivool took the stage at The Festival: Karnivool Live & Loud, produced and managed by E365 Media Solutions. The event, held at the Nicco Park Big Lawns, also witnessed supporting acts by Chronic Xorn (Kolkata), Yonsample (Kolkata), Broken Membrane (Bangalore), Aberrant (Shillong) and Underside (Nepal). We spoke to Angshuman Majumder, bassist and manager of Chronic Xorn, about his experience of supporting Karnivool. Here’s what he had to say:
BongRong: What was your instantaneous reaction when you first got the offer of supporting Karnivool?
Angshuman: Well, it was really good you know. Karnivool is a really good band and it was pretty exciting sharing the stage with them.
BongRong: What was the atmosphere like at the Nicco Park Big Lawns on the day of The Festival?
Angshuman: It was like Maddox Square during Durga Pujo, wild and chaotic! Haha! Except that there was beer and good music and moshpits!
BongRong: How was your overall experience of supporting Karnivool?
Angshuman: It was great. We were there during their soundcheck as well. It’s always a good thing to see how international acts do that. It’s like a new learning experience every time and they are pretty much killer as a live act!
BongRong: After having started off in 2007 in a very non-metal-friendly environment, Chronic Xorn has overcome too many obstacles as well as line-up changes to be considered as one of the pioneers of the Indian Metal music scene today. Please say something about the journey.
Angshuman: Well, our path was always laden with brickbats especially with all the unfortunate line-up changes we have had over the years – but we strongly feel that with the correct motivation and passion for music it’s quite possible to go around that and focus on making good music.
BongRong: What is your opinion of the current Metal scene in Kolkata and what would you hope for its future?
Angshuman: Well, from 20 odd people in 2008 to over a thousand people in 2014! Going by the statistics, I suppose things are changing towards a better direction. Good bands are coming up in all the genres, which is a very positive sign too. So, overall it’s a plus for me.
BongRong: You are an inspiration for thousands of budding rockstars and metalheads. Would you like to say something to your fans?
Angshuman: We are absolutely thankful to you guys, our extended family for your amazing support through thick and thin. If we really happen to inspire you people, we are frickin’ proud of that! Thank you all so much! It’s been a wonderful journey together!
BongRong: Thank you and all the best for your and Chronic Xorn’s future!
>> Moments from the gig <<