The Yellow Diary is a five-member, music collective with a sound that can be best defined as alternative rock! The all-boy band's members hail from varied backgrounds, but have one thing in common; their passion for music. With a blend of electronic music and rock, they are touted to be a compositional powerhouse, widely appreciated by biggies like Vishal Dadlani, Papon, Warren Mendonsa, Ranjit Barot, and Raghu Dixit. We asked a few q's on the onset to their show for Ibis Music.
Why the name “The Yellow Diary”?
The colour yellow signifies a wide range of emotions. On one hand it represents sunshine, brightness
and positivity, but it also represents physical illness, jealousy and so on. Similarly, our music has
several undertones like the colour yellow. The music also represents our personal thoughts and
opinions, much like the pages of a diary. Hence, the name The Yellow Diary.
Take us through the journey of ‘The Yellow Diary’ since its inception.
Rajan and Himonshu met first and started working on the song Marz; Rajan is an ex-navy cadet and
Himonshu was freelancing as a music producer. We called Vaibhav to play guitars, who at that time
was an IT consultant. There was an immediate connection between everyone. We then decided to
release the song independently. We were overwhelmed with the amazing response from our
listeners and industry veterans like Raghu Dixit, Vishal Dadlani, Ranjit Barot, Papon and many more.
We then decided to take things live which is when Stuart and Sahil came on board. Stuart and Sahil
were indie musicians at that time playing together with each other in a band. Ever since, we have notlooked back and became a family who constantly make music with each other.
How do you describe your music? What makes you stand out in the indie scene?
The best way to summarise our music is Poetry with Rock. As for what has worked for us, you
never truly know what people are going to connect with in a song. Fortunately for us, people seem
to relate to our music and enjoy it and that has shown itself in the way our music is being consumed.
Also, a big shoutout to Sony Music for helping our music reach larger audiences.
What do you think of the live music scenario in India?
The scenario is constantly evolving. It is an amazing time to be a live musician! We have more
avenues than ever to promote our live shows and people are always looking to go for a live gig and
have a good time. It will always keep on evolving, but it will never die out. There is just something
magical about it.
Who are you guys tuned into these days? Indian indie artistes you like...?
There is such amazing talent out there! It feels great to be a part of such an awesome fraternity of
artists. Raghu Dixit, Avial, The Local Train, Parvaaz, Prateek Kuhaad, Divine, Naezy, Parekh and Singh
have set a very high bar for the indie scene!
What are you currently working on?
There is a lot brewing as we speak. We are working on a lot of new content, spending a lot of time in
the studio and writing a lot more songs. We cannot reveal much now. But our listeners can follow us
on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we are upto!
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.