Alter Echoes

Alter Echoes

If the word ‘alternative’ is seeping into the Capital’s most visited nooks and crannies,it’s not without reason.

If the word ‘alternative’ is seeping into the Capital’s most visited nooks and crannies,it’s not without reason. In the past few years,exploring what’s not mainstream has brought out many independent spaces — musicians,artists and people from other creative fields — from Delhi’s underbelly. So,23-year-old Delhiite Satyarth Singh had a massive task at hand a year ago,when he sat at “alternative spaces”,listening to various independent musicians who haunt the nocturnal music scene in Delhi. By February this year,he had his script ready,which has now resulted in Echoes : A Film on Music,Passion and Technology — a 30-minute documentary featuring five indie bands and how their music was received in the city.

The film,to be released under the banner of Singh’s production house,Lights on Film,explores the work of five artistes who are known for their frequent gigs in Delhi: electronica band Dualist Inquiry,Jamaican ska-jazz-hip hop-punk group The Ska Vengers,audio-visual collective BLOT,Kolkata-based “art rock” band Space and electronica duo Teddy Boy Kill.

“The film is about indie musicians who are doing incredibly well abroad,while the Indian audiences are finding it hard to accept their genres of music. For instance,electronic music will probably take about 10 years to settle with the listeners’ taste. Then there is reggae,ska and ethnic pop — that are picking up pace in the music scene here,” says Singh,who took four months to complete the film.

Singh,along with the film’s editor Brijesh Birua,set out to shoot the bands while they performed at various clubs such as Blue Frog,The Living Room,Out of the Box and Cheri,over a period of two months. They also interviewed some of these artistes at their studios,homes and even outside the club washrooms. “I had initially planned to speak to more bands,like Menwhopause and Vinyl Records,but their gig dates were either clashing or their schedule was very tight. For instance,Stefan (of The Ska Vengers) spoke to me outside a club bathroom,” Singh says with a laugh.


“I wanted the film to be short and crisp because,firstly,it’s my maiden venture and also because I wanted to see the reaction of the people. If it’s great,then there could be a follow-up,with musicians from other cities,” adds Singh.

The film will be screened in Delhi,Mumbai,Bangalore and Pune soon.