Shillong siblings rock Mumbai

Apr 06, 2016, 08:08 IST | Dipanjan Sinha

From churches to local gigs, and fresh off a national talent hunt, Rock band Dosser's Urge fly to NYC to make music

The Northeast is known to give birth to music and musicians in abundance. Adding to this enviable record is Dosser’s Urge, a rock band from Shillong that recently captivated Mumbai audiences with their performance. The brothers – David Kom, Gideon Kom and Romeo Kom will now fly to New York to record at the Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn.

(From left) Band members David Kom, Romeo Kom and Gideon Kom.  Pic Courtesy/Rahul Kashyap
(From left) Band members David Kom, Romeo Kom and Gideon Kom. Pic Courtesy/Rahul Kashyap

They won this opportunity after defeating five finalists and emerge as the best unsigned talent at the Road to Converse Rubber Tracks contest. They were up against some pretty serious competition from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Guwahati.

Dosser's Urge's performance in Mumbai
Dosser's Urge's performance in Mumbai

"We are very excited," says David (27), the oldest of the siblings, who sings and plays the guitar. "It was a tough competition and all competing bands were good in their own way." Gideon (23) plays drums and Romeo (21) plays the bass. When it comes to singing they all join; this gig was also their biggest till date and it went better than they expected. "The Mumbai crowd made us feel at home," he says.

Sounds from Shillong
Their journey began nearly a decade ago singing in churches in Shillong. "It was also our introduction to Western music. Later, friends introduced us to Green Day and Blink182, and they became our influences," David says. There was also Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. "So we tried creating similar sounds with our own style; loud guitar, distorted bass and drums," he shares.

Northeast stars
Soon, they were performing at student tribe fests. They would ask for a slot with no payment. This ensured that they performed a few covers every month. "It is around this time when a friend suggested that we should write our own material. We did so and the audience loved it and even kept humming our songs." And Shillong has played its part too.

"There’s always some event taking place. Every musician is connected to the other that helps us follow the local music scene and stay updated," he shares.

Ever since they gained popularity with their original numbers, they’ve been on the move. It began with fests at universities in the Northeast and now, after Mumbai they are heading for New York. Their next video is titled, Mother.

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