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Shor Bazaar is a five-member band conceptualized in September ’07. With a heavy dose of serendipity, the band finally completed its line up in the last week of December ’07. Since then its been one dizzying ride - from getting disqualified at our first music fest (for purely non-musical reasons – allow me mention) to recording our first album in the latter half of 2008 under Phat Phish Records. The release date of the album is not yet finalized.

We competed successfully against the best bands in the Radio City RC Live! band hunt in 2008 where we were the West Zone winners. We have headlined the NM College’s Umang 2008. We have been featured in Rolling Stone India’s August editon. We have had a couple of interviews/acoustic sessions on Mumbai’s FM channels (RJ Malini, RJ Veda Viki from Radio City) in the last few months. We have played at Daddy’s WindSong Wednesday’s, Il Terrazzo Del Italia on February 4th 2009.

We had left our jobs and careers in 2008 in the hope of making a career out of music. The chilling truth has finally bitten us and currently we are trying to wade through the times of recession by going back to being employed. This is very frustrating and we are tying to apply that to writing songs for our next album.

We like to claim that we love only four things in this world - Music, South Park, chicken soup and quoting ourselves! And we quote "We specialize in wasting our time trying to make money through music. Till date, our earnings total zero."
Why this name?
It's complicated. There are three hypotheses - 1) We're pretty loud 2) We needed to contrast to the 'chor bazaar' in Bollywood.
Do you play live?
Yes! All Over India!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It has helped promote music.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes
Band History:
The Shor-istory by The Doc

Sometime in 2006, JD, an IIT-Kharagpur Mechanical Engineering graduate who was working for ITC, he felt the urge to start writing music. He started on his own at first scribbling down lyrics over simple chord progressions on the guitar. His job led him all across India from Orissa to Gujarat to Chennai across cultures which gave him the inspiration to write more. Soon he felt the need to have company to expand his repertoire. Enter Joy.

He saw a ad posted on RSJ Online by Joy for musicians interested in forming a hindi band. At that time Joy was working for Mastek in Mumbai and JD was working at Silvasa. They decided to meet up at Joy's place in Mumbai. The next weekend saw Joy and JD jamming. Enter Robin.

Robin, the younger brother of Joy, a commerce student at NM College and a guitar-prodigy even at the young age of 17, joined them in their sessions. A couple of months of jamming over weekends led to nothing significant and they decided to call off their ambitious plans for building a band.
They took a year long hiatus and work led them further away than they already were. Thankfully, both of them got fed up with their lives and their mundane day jobs. Both got back in touch with each other and decide to take a sabbatical from their jobs to try and restart their original venture. This was sometime in September 2007. Both met again in our Alma Mater, the apartment of the Dasguptas in early December 2007. The name was also decided somewhere during this period. With lots of new songs added to their repertoire, they decided to look for bassists and drummers to complete the band. IIT-B’s Mood-I was around the corner and it seemed the perfect stage to start. Enter KK.

I, KK, was doing rather well in life whilst being in the final months of my surgical residency in Orthopaedics at KEM hospital in Mumbai. I already knew Robin via the acoustic band that we were part of called Cirkles. On the 9th of December, Robin called me over to his apartment to jam. I was introduced to JD and after pleasantries, JD and Robin jammed a couple of songs on the guitar. I was literally blown away by the music and JD’s vocals and I, despite my commitments, agreed to join the band as the bassist.
Together we streamlined a set-list of four songs for the competition. A couple of drummers were short-listed from the contacts that Robin had. We jammed with both of them. The result was nothing to write home about and a few days before Mood-I, we were still without a drummer. We were desperate. Enter Sumit.

Sumit, a gifted game designer working for India Games, is my childhood friend from Kerala where we started jamming a decade ago. Sumit was called in and just like me, he fell in love with JD’s beautiful songwriting and decided to try out as the drummer. A couple of jam sessions in the only operational Bajaao.com jam pad in Mumbai and we became the present version of Shor Bazaar.

Your influences?
The Beatles, U2, Kishore Kumar, R. D. Burman, Shankar-Jaikishan, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Michael Jackson, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Radiohead, The Doors, Incubus, Junoon, Jagjit Singh, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Dave Matthews band, Slipknot, Coldplay
Favorite spot?
Mumbai
Equipment used:
A lot of stuff
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