Most people’s definition of a good evening would be incomplete without the heavenly combination of Music, wine, food and revelry.
Music being crucial to enhance the mood, we flock to many places to dim our thoughts by the blaring loudspeakers with a crowd of socially disconnected people around us.
More often than not, the old school charm of bands and their live music have not been witnessed by our jet age youngsters who miss out on the essence of such mystical performances.
Kolkata being home to live music culture in restaurants and clubs since the early 1960s in places like Trincas, Tavern, Mocambo, Moulin Rouge, etc is now diminishing in popularity in this respect and live band performances are limited to only few places but there are bands that have held strong through the storm and excelled in the transit.
Here is one such band that has been functional for 26 years now and is worth every note of praise.
Blue Mist live at Allen Park
Blue Mist, primarily an English cover band has done a variety of performances all over India and with their kind of experience they assure you of making any show a grand success
Beacon Kolkata caught up with the Blue Mist band members Darren Manuel (drummer), Roger Quigley (guitarist), Dean Martin (lead singer), Mrinal Dhote (guitarist) and Carlyle Highland (keyboardist) for a tete-e-tete
A lot of music has gone into technology where the talent has been subdued and taken over by technology but the old school musicians were a powerhouse of talent and hard work, they were god gifted
– Blue Mist Band
How did the Blue Mist band start?
We formed in the year 1991 with a few friends who got together with a similar intention and perspective to play music of our own choice. The present set-up has been together for 15 years. Though we started very small, we have evolved ever since. In the process of doing so we landed up playing gigs, and shows almost everywhere in and out of Calcutta.
Why the name Blue Mist?
Blue Mist was named after a very famous cocktail. As the name signifies a cocktail, our song list also caters to all kinds of music lovers. Our huge song list consists of rock, pop, rock n’ roll, swing, be pop, rap, new age, hip hop and all other sorts of new and old music which can gratify all age group.
Most memorable experience?
We have had people from all over the world complement our band and there have been countless praises raining on us wherever we perform.
“Though we started very small, we have evolved ever since. In the process of doing so we landed up playing gigs, and shows almost everywhere in and out of Calcutta”
How do you’ll keep up with the changing trends in the music scene?
Music has changed a lot over time but we generally base our music on the ongoing hits all over the world.
There are a lot of new bands coming up and many old ones progressing, so the music scenario in Kolkata is quite good at the moment. People no longer only specifically want English or Hindi tracks, now they want more of anything that sounds good and has a good beat to it.
What do you miss about the old days in music?
A lot of music has gone into technology where the talent has been subdued and taken over by technology but the old school musicians were a powerhouse of talent and hard work, they were god gifted. A lot of them have evolved all over the world. Louis Banks, Usha Di, Carlton Kitto, are Kolkata musicians who have made it big all over the world.