After 15 years of being hardcore Bangaloreans, it doesn’t make sense to shop for a bass player in Kerala or even Kasaragod. Vee arr nyot ay gellf combany, you see, and then there arr oll those imbort-yexport regulayshens. Think global, act local (except for vocal) is our policy.
So, with heartfelt namaskaragalu to this land, our land — Kannada naadu — and complying with local recruitment directives we bring on board a true-blue (more like red-and-yellow?) mannina maga whose roots lie in Shimoga and Tiptur. Dilutes the mal-ness a bit, we know, but then akki roti goes well with pulissery, no?
People of TAAQ, please welcome our new bass player, whose CV is presented below for your kind perusal:
Name: Prakash Kandachar Nagaraj
Weapon of choice: Electric Bass
Gear: Yamaha BB 605
Started playing in: 1999
What he digs about bass playing: Locking with the drummer to form a tight rhythm section and to play melodic lines when improvising or soloing
Other instruments played: Classical Guitar, Kanjira
Previously played/ sessioned with: Cryptic, Thermal And A Quarter, Gerard Machado Network, Amit Heri Group, Antaragni, Kumaresh and Ganesh (violinists), Dr L Subramaniam (violin), Layataranga and Kaya
Biggest moment of career: Opened for Bryan Adams with band Antaragni for 35,000-strong crowd
Influences: Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Garry Willis, Matthew Garrison, Victor Wooten, Tal Wilkenfeld, Hadrian Feraud, Richard Bona, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter
Favourite bands/ artists: The Beatles, Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Police, Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Radiohead, Air, Alice In Chains, Eric Trufaz, Joni Mitchell, DMB, IAMX, Jamiroquai, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Led Zeppelin, Ozric Tentacles, Pat Metheny Group and Michael Jackson
School/ College: Kendriya Vidyalaya ASC and SJP College
Philosophy: To wait for things to happen naturally and not run after them
First heard TAAQ in: 1997-98, when we were moulting out of the rags and feathers of the Christ College ‘A’ Team
First played with TAAQ: Kingfisher Octoberfest, Bangalore 2009
Why TAAQ appeals to him: Originality and brilliant musicianship
The next five years with TAAQ: Write, compose, record and release 3-4 albums and back them up with kickass live gigs
Welcome, Prakash! Here’s to the next!