Streetlight People bring the essential Goan experience to the city with their music
All of a sudden Hyderabad seems to be on a roll promoting an eclectic mix of art, music and culture. As compared to even a couple of years ago, the number of live bands performing at every possible venue in the city have flourished tremendously. Remember how we wish there was music in the background for every moment in life, well, live bands fall somewhat close to the idea.
So, The Streetlight People from Goa have become the latest to be a part of this cultural revolution. Having gathered a dedicated audience, the trio has emerged as a renowned blues and rock in the colonial city and are now all set to thrill music aficionados in the city.
There is always an interesting incident behind why a certain name rings well with a band. One might be forgiven for assuming that the song Don’t Stop Believing by Journey served as their inspiration but apparently it wasn’t so.
“I remember I was walking back home in an inebriated state when I saw a bunch of hobbits huddled together under a streetlight,” recalls Krishna Gidwani, the band’s drummer. “When I went back in a more sober state, they were gone, but the name stuck. The Streetlight People, it felt right,” he adds.
The boys have spent their whole life in Goa and so being part of a musical fraternity comes naturally to them. For Nevin D’mello, the guitarist, music was not an unfamiliar prospect as he belongs to a musical family. “I started playing the keyboard when I was 6-years old. Then I moved on to the guitar and started to play more of rock and metal. Ironically, I don’t listen to metal at all,” he says.
While Krishna and Nevin both started off as part of a metal and punk band, their third band member, Fernando Monte da Silva, who is a freelance journalist considers being in the band as positively fated. “I had jammed with them once on an earlier occasion but then three years later is when I actually met them again and we decided to form a band,” he says.
Their music spells something for everyone as the two-year-old band plays a mix of blues, jazz, funk and rock all rolled into one trippy experience. “Through our songs, we mainly want to talk about the simple life. While we play a lot of covers, there are some original compositions too,” informs Fernando.
The trio believes in entertaining people with their music and not become a niche band. “Age is something that we really don’t care about. We want to have a song for everyone,” says Krishna.The band will be playing at different venues in the city till April 29 Catch them live at Fusion 9 tonight at 8pm.
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