What happens when a naval cadet, two engineers and two musicians come together? A kickass band! Making heads turn already, this new band is changing Mumbai’s musical scene with their experimental, genre-less music. Havent heard them yet? Check out this NearFox favourite now (to feel the chords of this article)!
Mind-altering: Thats the kind of impact they have. Whether it is their out-of-this-world guitar work or the soulful vocals that transport you to another universe altogether, The Yellow Diary never fails to mesmerise you. Praised by Vishal Dadlani as “stellar music” and referred to as a “good listen” by Raghu Dixit, the band is already on the playlists of many Mumbaikars – and they haven’t even gone live!
Sahil in action
Pages of the Diary
A collaborative effort of five friends, Himonshu (keyboardist, composer and producer), Rajan (vocalist, composer and songwriter), Sahil (drummer), Stuart (bassist) and Vaibhav aka Pani (guitarist), The Yellow Diary is committed to producing music that all can relate too; hence, it is not restricted by style, language, instruments or themes.
While Sahil and Stuart have always been full-time musicians, having played with numerous bands and independent artists, Rajan was formerly a navy cadet and Himonshu an engineer. Pani (also an engineer) recently quit his corporate job to be a full-time musician.
Say cheese to TYD
Between the lines
Our influences are varied, so is our sound, chirps Pani excitedly. With influences ranging from Bollywood to metal through jazz, blues, funk, rock and roll, EDM and many more, they aim at creating a perfect blend of experimental rock with mainstream pop music. The aim is to produce the kind of music that will make you go: Okay, this is something Ive not heard before”.
What really sets this lot apart is their focus on lyrics, which iscaptivating to say the least. The amount of thought put in by Rajan is beyond comprehension. For example, one of their songs,Bawri Chhorichronicles the trials of a girl struggling with her sexuality. How often do you come across a subject like that in the Indian music landscape, let alone a full-blown song!
Himonshu at Cotton Press Studios, Lower Parel
Where they scribble
TYD usually compose and record at Himonshus studio in Versova, whose chilled-out vibe helps them make amazeballs music! Cotton Press Studios at Lower Parel is their adda when it comes to jamming. But when it comes to writing”, shares Rajan The Starbucks at Lokhandwala is my personal favourite. (So the next time you come across this exceptionally foxy guy there, lost in deep thought, there’s a fair chance you have run into Rajan!)
Stuart during a jamming session
NearFox is all for unbiased reporting, but we happen to be serious fanboys and fangirls of this exceptional band. We’ve been watchin’ this bunch of guys making waves from the laboratories of IIT-Bombay to the corporate towers of SEEPZ and, well, they are on a pretty steep curve. More power to this eclectic lot, we say!
As for us listeners, it’s time to lose ourselves in another TYD melody: