Can you give our readers a brief history of your band? What do you consider the essential elements of your music?

The Vinyl Records is a four-piece all-girl band based in New Delhi that came together in February 2010. The band was formed by Banu, Minam and Mithy, all from Arunachal Pradesh. The final touch to the
band came when they were joined by the present vocalist and keytarist Cheyyrian Bark from Assam in January 2011.
The essential elements would be fashion, lyrics and the kind of music we play. We make sure we are comfortable with the way we carry ourselves onstage and it doesn’t have to be outrageous. Secondly, since songwriting takes time to get it right so we keep them coming and writing and the more you write the more your music gets better. And our style borrows a lot from the post-punk and new wave eras of the 70s and 80s music scene when analogue and early digital sound was popular.

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Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Taking cues from musical inspirations such as CSS, Joan Jett, Sahara Hotnights, The Donnas, The Clash, The Strokes, B-52’s etc, we as a band love to put on a show.

As far as the aspect of lyric writing goes, what comes first for you usually? Like, the lyric or the riff more often? And are lyrics something to sweat over, or not something to be overthought?

Songwriting takes time. We don’t pressure much with the lyrics. We write about feminism and we also write about fun things, about our daily surroundings, about enjoyment and love. At times we share our ideas and come up with a riff, followed by drums, keys and bass in it and sometimes humming a lyrics maybe.

Your music is rooted with the messages and ideologies of feminism, so it is safe to say that all of you definitely take social issues seriously. Keeping that in mind, do you feel music is about revolution or revelation?

Feminism is about achieving equal political, economic, personal and social rights for women. There are a lot of women who are facing different issues in life, through our lyrics we try to convey our messages to them to live free and fight for their rights hoping for a better world.

Since inception, you guys have been featured on MTV India’s F1 Rocks show, to performing at the Ziro  Festival of Music.How has the experience been so far?

The Vinyl Records debuted on the bigger Indian indie scene with a performance and feature on MTV F1 Rocks in 2011 which was quite fun. We were also among the 15 finalists of Ray Ban Never Hide Sound, a major nationwide music talent hunt in 2012. We’ve had our hattrick at Ziro music festival but our most amazing experience was our three city Sweden tour (Redbull Music Academy Weekender, Stockholm and two more places i.e. Norkopping/Gothenburg) on Nov 2014 and Bhutan International Festival, Thimphu(BHIF) on Jan 2015.

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Photo credit: Martin Wilson

Every video that you make is so perfectly crafted to suit the context of the song. How important do you think visual narration is to exactly articulate the meaning/emotion of a song?

Video narration is important for artists and songwriters, it has to set the mood and tone. Tempo, sound density, lyrics, feelings and emotions have to set the energy of the video. In the same way, we craft to suit the context of our songs.

More and more people are into downloading music rather than buying original copies. What are your thoughts on that?

This is the reason why people are not able to rely on music to sustain their career. They don’t buy original copies like they used to before. It takes a lot of hard work to write a song, jam hours into it, finish it, record and get it mastered. A lot of money goes in the process too so we should support all the upcoming artists. Original copies offer advantages which means they sound better than the downloaded version.

What are your thoughts on the indie music scene in India? Do you agree that barring a few of the better-known bands/musicians, there is a lack of live shows here?

Indie, music scene in India is growing now through the use of crowdfunding websites such a Wishberry/Artistshare etc. Infact the band has signed with Metal Postcard Records, Hong Kong and released “ Ready, Set, Go!”, our first single for the international market on 7” vinyls and various digital platforms making our brand of Indian indie music available globally. A video for the same is out as well. We also successfully crowd-funded another music video for the title track from our EP “ Whims” raising over 1 lakh for both the official music videos. Also, a lot of music festivals have come up such as Ziro festival of music, new wave festival, cad, India bike week, etc. Through these festivals, we get to share our music and also learn from other great artists.

Do you feel marketing is important in shaping a musician, or do you think good music is all it takes to break the wall?

Marketing and good music is complimentary to each other because if you have good music then its important to show your ability to market your music which is an essential skill every artist requires.

Music for music’s sake or music for life’s sake?

Music for music’s sake because without music there would be no emotions. It is an art, it is expressing yourself and seeing things beyond imagination. Music is getting lost in a tune and feeling each beat to the core.

At the end of the day, what do you hope listeners take away from your music?

“Girl Power Onstage!”

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