We live in an era ruled by Congress and BJP (ek chor, ek sipahi) where pugs are becoming fatter day by day and the flash floods have already killed 72 squirrels.
Well, here goes our story – That 80s Projekt is a Hard Rock supergroup, from Delhi, India, formed in the winters of 2013. The band’s lineup consists of vocalist Vasav (Frontman – Prestorika, Samarpan), guitarist Saibal Basu (Axeman – Orange street, vimsy logic, Blitzkrieg, Grey Area), bassist Anirban Ghosh (Bassman – Susmit Sen Chronicles, Grey Area, Syncopation, harpreet trio), keyboardist Anil Chawla (keys – Shubha Mudgal, Shwaas, Sufi Gospel Project) and ace drummer Dilip Ramachandran (Sticksman – Parikrama, Contraband). The band’s sound can be described as an innovative blend of rock and funk. We draw inspiration from bands such as Toto, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Dokken
That 80s Projekt is bunch of five “musicians” who have trodden far and wide on solo paths and have now come together for their musical expression as a unit. The band’s music is distinguished primarily by the tremendous energy and action they exhibit on stage, Vasav’s commanding vocals, Saibal’s crazy guitar techniques Anil’s harmonies and sounds on the keys, Baan’s groovy bass lines and Dilip’s master craftsmanship with his drum sticks. On a personal level, each member of the band is involved professionally with different facets of music.
The core philosophy of the band lies in having fun on stage!
Band Members –
Saibal Basu – Guitars
Presenting, Saibal Basu, a renowned guitar player, composer, and music producer based out of Delhi. He has worked on numerous recordings in various capacities with some of the biggest names from the music industry including Shibani Kashyap, Neha Bhasin, Loy Mendosa, Ranjit Barot, Shubha Mudgal, Shantanu Moitra, Pradip Sarkar and more. In addition to producing jingles for companies like JWT, Contract, Pepsi, Coke, Sony, Reebok, Samsung, and Nestle, Saibal has also composed and produced in Bollywood flick Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Pt. 2. He has also worked in Los Angeles as a session guitarist, producer, and engineer. Apart from his recording projects, Saibal was also part of the band 'Orange Street', which in their later years, performed at various festivals in Europe (Alas, our man was not part of the band then!!).
Ashwani Verma – Drums
Ashwani is one of the top sessions drummer in the country. He has been playing live and recording for various renowned musicians/artist for the last 20 years. He has been part of some of the top bands that have every come out of India - Euphoria, Orange Street, Parikrama, Mrigya to name a few. He is also a world class music educator (currently he teaches music at Carmel Convent, Chanakya Puri, Delhi). He has also performed with international artists - Jawed Bashir (Meekal Hasan Band) and toured numerous countries with his band - Euphoria.
Anil Chawla – Keys
Anil is a young musician who hails from a small town where people still think Aeroplanes are a thing of the future. Anil Chawla, whose passion for music drew him to the keyboard at the age of nine, has played with Shwaas, Vedanta, Five8, Work in Progress, Other Life Experiences, Soul Samvaad, Jass B'sstards, Sky, Ozone Raaga, Out Of the Blue, and The Yellow Brick Project (a musical) to name a few. He has also collaborated with Sitar maestro Shri.Prateek Chowdhary, Ustad Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi), Kavita Seth, Tochi Raina and Parikrama on various occasions. Recent collaborations have been with Pt.Rajendra Prasanna (Banaras Gharana), Hum Ensemble (featuring Grammy-nominated tabla player Sandeep Das and percussionist Shane Shannan), Dhruv Sangari at the MTV Coke Studio, Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Papon, Zila Khan and Midival Punditz. While A.R Rehman remains a true god in his eyes, he is also occasionally found listening to Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Trilok Gurtu among other great composers. If asked "what's your motto?", he would gladly reply - "Stick around... I won't disappoint you!".
Vasav Vashisht – Vocals
Vasav is a firebrand vocalist based out of Delhi. A radio professional by work with hundreds of productions for national radios, involved in Delhi's music circuit from last decade. He has been contributing musically for over 12 multi-genre musical acts and Theater groups. Vasav is also a part of Heavy Metal band - Prestorika, Fusion octet - Samarpan apart from this. He went on a Us and Canada tour with his band - Prestorika in 2010 (The band also got signed by Robert Speed Productions - L.A based artist management company)
Anirbaan Ghosh – Bass
Baan is a multi-faceted musician who is not only passionate about music, but also is an entrepreneur & an avid traveler. He has played with bands such as 'Oritus', 'Them Clones', 'Maskitoes', 'Shwaas' and 'Fourth Estate'. Baan is also a member of the 'Soul Samvad' sixtet , world music/Folklore band - 'Susmit Sen Chronicles', Rabbi Shergill band, Shibani Kashyap & Sojourn, Folk/fusion octet - Samarpan and heavy metal band 'Prestorika'. Apart from playing music, Baan loves to travel and has been to many remote places on his 1981 Royal enfield motorcycle which still lies in his garage.