Carnival, a vocal band, showcasing a carnival of diverse music, which includes rap, classical and folk, is growing very popular. The band which started with seven members in 2012, now has nine talented singers, Nidhin, Praveen, Sarath, Kelvin Simon, Sreenanda, Swarna, Sajith, Nibin, and Sreekanth.
“We started as a band after giving vocals for the back ground score of 'Molly Aunty Rocks'. The experiment was exciting and we began exploring different genres of music. We do research and studies on diverse music during our jamming sessions and that helped us expand our view on music," says one of the singers Sarath.
Music composer Anand Madhusoo danan who has scored music for 'Molly Aunty Rocks' and 'Weeping Boy' is the brainchild behind the band.
Anand says, “The team members come from different parts of the State. They came to my studio to sing jingles and chorus in my films. After associating with them, I thought of getting them to form a vocal band. And Carnival was born. The nine singers are the main facets of the band and we emphasise on lyrical content."
Though the band has given vocals for some music tracks in cinema, their official entry into mainstream music in the film industry will be the upcoming flick 'Weeping Boy'.
Kelvin Simon, the rapper in the band says, “We sang the title track of the movie that starts with the lyric "Ee lokam muzhuvan...." in two versions, one with Sayanora and the other by ourselves."
Another milestone for Carnival was rendering the theme song for the world's first Malayalam internet radio 'Radio Dum Dum'. Now the band is all set to create a concept called sound story, which will make the band the pioneers in attempting such a concept.
“In sound story concept, a story is told through songs. Actually we came up with this concept to do an album in Tamil called 'Kaathirukkiren'. The concept is similar to the traditional radio dramas," says Anand. The concept became a hit and the team is working to make a feature film in both Tamil and Malayalam.
Future plans of the band includes doing a show here. “In January we plan to do a show called 'Street Play'. The crux of the show will be 'Singing aloud', expressing one's views on any topic through music. There is a Tamil album also in the pipeline, titled 'Payanam' and this project will be in collaboration with Sony Music," says Anand.