In a first of sorts, India's oldest electro-rock band will let you into the madness and passion that's kept them together and on the road for 16 years. It's all on PentaTV
What if you could hang with Vishal, Shiraz, Randolph and Papal and be a part of the madness that goes into the music behind Pentagram -- one of India's oldest, most famous (did we mention coolest) rock acts? You don't have to wonder anymore, because Babble Fish Productions now gives you behind-the-scenes music and mania in an online show called PentaTV.
As Babble Fish Founder Samira Kanwar, puts it, "They've been around for 16 years -- it's time fans saw what goes on behind the music and the stage shows." This will be a first of sorts for the Indian, non-Bollywood music scene, where fans will be privy to the process in the studio and on tour, online. "Pentagram already has a pretty big online presence, so when we approached them with the concept, they were on board almost immediately."
What fans get to see will be a series of video podcasts or 'webisodes' as Kanwar calls them, that will culminate in the launch of their next album, Bloodywood, early next year. "The idea was to capture the synergy between the guys who make this music happen, and put it out there for fans to see," says band manager Vijay Nair.
Band frontman Vishal Dadlani is characteristically enthusiastic. "When people think of Pentagram, they think big LED screens, crazy stage performances, lights, and sounds. With PentaTV, they'll see how we actually operate backstage." Describing studio sessions as 'pure insanity', Vishal says it'll help capture the spirit of Pentagram's music.
That's something Kanwar agrees with. "They've been around for so long, there's a bit of a wall between them and the fans. We want to pull down the walls and let people into the whole process. "So much of what we do is impromptu -- we've written songs on stage, on the fly, we've turned impromptu jam sessions into whole songs -- these are stories that no one gets to see. In Chennai, after a show was rained out, we decided to go to Pondicherry on the spur of the moment and met some crazy people along the way. PentaTV will give you all of that. It'll be a real organic look at the way we operate," says Dadlani.
New webisodes will be launched every 10 days or so, and will be available on the band website Pentagram (.in) and on YouTube, each lasting between four to seven minutes.
The first one on the band's website site takes you behind the process of making Mental Zero, their latest track. "The song speaks to the sub culture, the urban edge that exists beyond Bollywood and mainstream. It's very relevant to today's times and talks about how society has dumbed down 'news' to a ridiculous extent," says Dadlani.
Watch an in-studio session by logging on to this link