Entertainment Music 16 Jan 2018 ‘Wick’ed ...

‘Wick’ed for good

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RUTH PRARTHANA
Published Jan 16, 2018, 12:36 am IST
Updated Jan 16, 2018, 12:39 am IST
An ensemble encomprising docs and engineers, WiCk is a magical blend of rhythms
WiCk is all set to play at OPUS on January 21 at 5 pm.
 WiCk is all set to play at OPUS on January 21 at 5 pm.

Who knew doctors and engineers could take a liking to have oodles of fun? WiCk is a Mangalore-based band, which comprises doctors and have also welcomed engineers into this mix. George Jacob, an orthopaedic surgeon by profession, is the lead vocalist and saxophonist. He is one of the founding members of the band. On why the name WiCk, he says, “We didn’t really know what to call it. But, we were sure that it had to be one syllable, quick and easy to remember.”

A chance meeting with one of his friends in Bengaluru brought WiCk alive. “When I had come to the city, I met a friend of mine, who had studied with me in Manipal and that’s how WiCk came about. He wanted me to do the vocals while he took over the drums. This went on for two years But, when the drummer and bassist left, we got two engineers to join the band,” he adds. Although their band mostly covers with their own twist, George has also written 10 original songs for the band.Stress buster can be anything from sketching and gardening to reading. For this Trivandrum-born,  Bengaluru-based Orthopedic surgeon, music is a stress buster. Jeetu Mohanachandran says, “Music helps me stay active and it is the only thing that keeps me going. Instead to wasting time by just sleeping, music stimulates my creatively. In a way, it breaks a cycle.” On his thoughts about the music scene in the city he says, “Although the Bengaluru music scene is good. It feels that it needs more attention. There are a lot of people who do not know enough  about live music. There are so many fantastic live musicians in the city that need more attention and nurturing.”

 

Plain old fun is what the audience can expect from their performance here in the city. “We kind off work in sync with the engery that the audience gives off. If the audience is having a dull time, we have a dull time. So, we try to up our game for them. When they get up and dance we are more energised,” he adds. Josh Mithiranesan who is professionally an engineer plays the bass guitar in the band. “My dad sent me to drum classes when I was about 12 or 13-years-old. I did that for a year and a half after which I practised on my own. It was only in college where I met like-minded people and joined the music club did my inspiration to become a musician develop.” When not occupied with work or music, Josh tends to play table-top games, a few classic video games and also spends time reading.

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