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Mir on taking the stage to make music, not masti

I was really shuddering. I have been anchoring for the past 15-16 years and holding a mike and going up on stage with my mouth dry is not something I have experienced in all that time. It was almost like going back to school.

It took me one song to get a little used to the audience. It was a very genuine response that I got from people. For my band (Bandage) it was a huge success. All the other guys are seasoned musicians. I was the greenhorn. It was a challenge for me.

I had performed way back in 2001 with some of these guys, in a group called Xpresso. Nitin and Kaushik are the only other guys from that band. Then I got busy with my television career. It took me five years to come back and reunite with these guys when we started Mirakkel in 2006. I wanted a group of people who would be interactive with the participants.

I have bought an electric tanpura and I am actually getting up in the morning and practising my notes! I am not looking at a huge singing career. When I finish work and they finish work, we make music. It helps us relax.

We have cut demos for two original tracks and have written four to five originals. We have done tracks in Urdu. Basically we are trying to cater to a national market. We have already spoken to a music company. We needed to test the waters with one live performance, and Fair & Lovely Unish Kuri Face Next 2010 was our first live performance outside the sets of Mirakkel.

We will try to do our own stuff. We want people to sample our music, download it if they like and then we’ll know where we stand. I am more for live performances right now. We are trying to develop ourselves as performers. It is a complete act, with me leading from the front. When I am there, the organisers don’t need an emcee. I write the lyrics and I make the music. The sound of the band is very contemporary. We are looking forward to doing the music we love listening to.

Band Banda

Nitin on bass
Dwai on vocals and percussion
Saurav on guitar
Suman on keyboards
Chiku on tabla
Kaushik on percussion

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