Get to know Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy of Scribe


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Hardcore metal band Scribe recently did India proud when it got nominated in the Best Worldwide Act category at the Europe Music Awards, being the only Indian band to do so. That it is an indie DIY band only makes the news sweeter. BT profiles Vishwesh K, the band’s frontman and a man of many voices (as anyone who has seen his recent ads will attest) and a crazy sense of humour (he’s done stand-up). And he can sing, write at whim, act, direct et al. (Bollywood, what are you waiting for?) 

VISHWESH KRISHNAMOORTHY IS:
Scribe frontman. A hardcore metal rocker who has always been part of the entertainment scene in Mumbai. The indie scene took his fancy, he says, when the freedom fighter attitude still existed and there was no money going around. And no beer. A post-graduate in journalism and radio, he learnt a lot from the two. Worked at an independent radio station which shut down (wasn’t because of him!), followed by a three-and-a-half-year stint at a leading advertising agency. “I started by directing animation virals,” he reveals, adding, “I’ve been the voice behind really big commercials with top directors at the helm. I then dabbled in theatre, improv, did standups and a lot of other shows.” Then, filmmaking happened. Being a writer and actor eventually led to direction. “I started enjoying it — this toying around with cinema.”
OF BEGINNINGS:
He started out as a guitar player and has been in eight bands so far. His first band was Phragm. “We had a flute player in the band. Being a part of that really tuned my ears. I could tell if a guitar was off-tune in the din of a band or a crowd.”
OF STAND-UP:
“Funny was my thing. It started with script-writing. I started making up songs on the fly. It’s also something I do on stage.”


WHY METAL/HARDCORE:
“It’s extreme music. There’s something about metal that just screams power. It roars like a dragon.”
OF THE OTHER BANDS HE WAS IN:
“Every band followed a sort of pattern. Enter a competition, win, get the biggest platforms, win a bunch of other competitions. But something was missing,. The music wasn’t kickass.”
OF SCRIBE:
The band was looking to be indigenous and hardcore. “It’s easy for a band to sound adapted,” remarks Vishwesh, and their first album Have Hard Will Core was. The second, Confect, wasn’t. “It’s a place we should always strive for. Although I’ll admit one’s influences do seep into one’s music.” At formation, “We all had side projects, we were all in other bands. But we shared the same attitude and writing good music is what we all wanted to do.”
OF THE LATEST ALBUM MARK OF TEJA:
It was an homage to his favourite flick, Andaaz Apna Apna.
ON THE ANDAAZ APNA APNA FIXATION:
“It’s the Sholay of our generation!”
OF THE DUM HAI TOH AAGE AA VIDEO:
“We came across these BBoy dancers from Dharavi at the Battle Fort in Sion busy with their B-Boy battles. You see, we’ve been around for more than a decade and have dabbled in this kind of stuff. So when a bunch of guys do something not funded, I’m a sucker for that kind of thing (Scribe is after all adamantly D-I-Y). It was in line with what we were doing. We went to the Director of Photography Varun Dutt. While cutting the footage, staring at us was the same thing we wanted. When we released the video, we invited the boys to attend. They’d never been to a nightclub before.”
ON THE PERMANENT GOATEE:
“I call it the optical inch. I used to be fatter than I am now and had a double chin. Then I got skinny and discovered my chin stopped a little shorter than it should. Besides, it’s metal. It’s Viking. The dimensions now look proportional.”
FIRST REACTIONS TO THE EMA 2011 NOMINATION:
“The channel that airs India Rules called up to approach us for inclusion on their new segment. Months later, they wanted to do an international broadcast release followed by this nomination announcement. They must’ve mentioned us to the Europe Music Awards (EMA) people. Nobody took it seriously. When it was confirmed, we were a little too stunned. And if we were girls, we’d probably be squealing. We checked online and wanted to tweet about it. But we had to wait until the press release went out. By then, we had all turned into a bunch of girls!”

 

Bryan Durham BT

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