Band of boys

Chat F16 has a way to win hearts through their music

“We are from Chennai and do not speak a word of Hindi. And we certainly don’t have anything to do with Indian classical music,” says Joshua, the manager and the vocalist of the Chennai band F16.

And they can’t possibly do any Indian classical music with instruments like guitar, bass guitar and drums. The five-piece band comprises of Joshua (vocals and guitar), Vikram (drums), Harshan (keyboard), Viraj (lead guitar), Sashank (bass) and they are quite an excited bunch for their first gig in Hyderabad for the second edition of Rowson’s Reserve Smooth Spaces Off the record event.

F16 quite doesn’t know how they zeroed in on the name but definitely feels they connect with the strength and spirit of the F16 fighter planes. Like all bands of youngsters, F16 also happens to be a bunch of friends who played separately for other bands and would only jam once in a while.

“But after a point we realised we were so comfortable playing in each other’s company that we couldn’t think of playing for others,” says Joshua.

F16 however, mostly looks at playing their own numbers and do not really rely on playing covers. “When do we display our music when we only play covers,” Joshua points out.

F16 may be a sought-after band for shows now but when they first went on stage, it was a disaster, they recall. “We were advised not to play or perform again. But we turned the criticism into our driving force and got our act together, including disciplining ourselves. And now we go on stage with a lot of confidence and that’s why we are absolutely looking forward to the response here,” says Joshua.

Plans of cutting an album are “in the pipeline as well,” they confide.


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