City and Space: Music Edition | In Conversation with Sunneith Revankar
The Multilogue Collective in collaboration with House Concert India is working on a research narrative based around 'City and Space'. For the initial story, we wanted to cover the music scene in different cities and ask a few questions to musicians, organizers, and supporters of original music in India.
We were glad to have a conversation with Sunneith Revankar, from Bangalore who is currently the vocalist for Undying inc. and The Silent Offensive.
As an artist/musician/individual, what are your views on the ever-changing scenario for live gigs/concerts within the city and how performance spaces in your city have evolved for different kinds of music?
"The sound and facilities have gotten better over the years. The tickets are more expensive. The experience has been the same. A few better than most."
Place-making capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.
What are your views/suggestions on the idea of music (any genre/any kind of artist - gigs/festival etc) as a place-making tool, to activate the public life and create a sense of community within a city?
"Capitalism. Can't fight it so you find your place in the mix. The bands and managers and fans have always found their place no matter where. It happened with the Razz in Bombay and then Blue frog, it happened with the Mezz in Delhi, it has happened with a hundred venues all over the country. The community in any city will always find an alternative. Bands will always continue finding other avenues to put their work at play."
Cities start getting a tag of the kind of 'music scene' it has established over the years or is now adapting to. How would define the music identity of your city? (You may talk about specific genres or in general.)
"Bangalore has extreme metal, old school metal, prog metal, new brands of metal all working in conjunction. I don't believe in the concept of a 'scene'. It's a sham. So I may not be the best person to answer this question."
Any organisations you would like to mention which are creating this spark of the community through alternative experiences?
"4 by 4 are doing some great work out there."
We would like to thank Sunneith for being a part of this narrative and for being a wonderful individual in the music fraternity while he represents his city, Bangalore.