In the epic Ramayana when Jatayu is a demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he sees Ravana abducting Sita, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana. He fights valiantly but Ravana gets the better of him. Jatayu is remembered for he informs Rama and Lakshmana before dying that Ravana had gone south. But the Jatayu we found on You Tube is a Jazz-Rock quartet from Chennai. Jatayu is Shylu Ravindran-Guitars. Sahib Singh-Guitars, Manu Krishnan-Drums, Kashyap Jaishankar-Bass.Their music is a reflection of modern India - rooted in a centuries old art form, yet current and collaborative in approach and sonic fabric.Formed in 2016,they have been playing local independent venues in Chennai,growing and building their loyal fanbase. Chango Tales,is their debut EP is designed as an enthralling and collaborative audio-visual experience. R2R caught Sahib Singh telephonically to speak on their debut release.
Tell us about your album ' Chango Tales'?
For our album ' Chango Tales' we wanted to tell a story only with music being in the forefront and testing our sonic story telling abilities.Who is Chango ? Chango is I.Chango is you. Chango is the crimson fire that burns bright within.‘Chango Tales’ take you through the emotional Odyssey of Chango.
How was it recording your debut album?
We had an absolute blast recording this album especially with the collaborations from Krond Flast the Swiss based Sax/Violin Duo on 'May I?' and with Holger Jetter on 'Chango' and 'Pazhi'. Having so many different styles and opinions on each and every topic, we always end up having arguments , be it in the jam room or outside.But we use those arguments to our advantage as we learn more about each other and build a bond over these differences and that is what we want to show the world, as to how you can live in harmony with people who are different from you and thrive.
What do our songs mean to us?
They mean everything to us of course.Chango Tales tells the story of Chango, a character we created to explore the emotional content of the songs in the EP. In 'Shringara' explores conception and love - its tumultuous nature brings up a variety of emotions within us - joy, anger, compassion, fear, jealousy, etc. The loopy groove of 'May I?' is us exploring the nature of curiosity and the strange roads that that it can take you through. 'Pazhi' is our interpretation of the mind of a person being abused. The rage, confusion, sadness, fear, that feeling of helplessness, the sheer ridiculousness of being blamed for being abused.'Chango' is our version of contentment. It refers to the kind of post trauma strength. Having survived ups and downs, one is confident in themselves to move past anything that falls in ones path.
How did they come about?
With some of our songs, Shylu, our lead guitarist, had already composed the various melodies involved in the song, and then as a band, we'd spend hours trying out different ideas brought forth by each of us. We'd go through various stages of trial and error to reach the final composition that you would hear at our shows.We also write together from scratch - where the song kinda forms itself from 1 idea that someone comes up with while jamming. Everything we do when composing is in service to the song.
Where do you see yourselves 10 years down the line?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because I'm not sure if any of us have thought that far ahead. We're just busy enjoying the present. We've got concepts for at least 3 more releases to happen over the next couple of years with which we aim to tour the country and the world for our album ' Chango Tales'.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.