Alobo Naga & The Band Win Best Indian Act At MTV Europe Music Awards
The Dimapur band will perform at the awards ceremony in Germany in November if they win Best World Act in the next round of voting
Pop rock singer Alobo Naga couldnâ€™t be busier. Heâ€™s currently working on his debut album as his manager is busy working out touring dates for his band. â€œItâ€™s amazing considering we are just two years old. We are performing at Shillong Autumn Festival next weekend. Then we have four concerts in Singapore, a pre-Christmas concert with Avial in Delhi and weâ€™ll be playing at Hornbill as guest artists,â€ says the frontman of his five-piece Nagaland act, Alobo Naga & The Band.
The bandâ€™s music video â€œPainted Dreamsâ€ recently won the Best Indian Act at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA). The other nominees in this category included Indus Creed for their track â€œFireflies,â€ Bandish Projekt and Monica Dograâ€™s â€œLover,â€ Oliver Seanâ€™s â€œSo Goodâ€ and Menwhopause for â€œEasy.â€ Alobo Nagaâ€™s video with its straight plot was an unlikely hit and features the band jamming on a terrace along the lines of Red Hot Chilli Peppersâ€™ 2011 release â€œThe Adventures of Raindance Maggieâ€[closer home, itâ€™s similar to Bombay Bassmentâ€™s â€œHip Hop (Never Be The Same)â€ minus the girls dancing]. Naga adds that their video was made for YouTube. â€œNot many bands make videos and most of them look at YouTube to get noticed. When our song was picked by VH1, we were like â€˜Wowâ€™. God has been working so amazingly for us,â€ he says. Soon enough, â€œPainted Dreamsâ€ featured at No 4 on VH1 Indiaâ€™s Top 10 International Countdown and was even voted among Top 50 music videos of 2011. â€œWe wrote the song for the first International Short Film Festival 2011 in Guwahati. They asked me to write something on a man who dreams big and I thought, â€˜Hey, thatâ€™s my storyâ€™ and wrote it,â€ he says of â€œPainted Dreams.â€Â
The ample branding of a national mobile phone network as well as clothing brands, Naga adds, was unintentional. â€œWe have never shot a video before, so we didnâ€™t realize. It was made with the help of our friends and we arenâ€™t professionals except for our cameraman. Itâ€™s only when people asked us whether the brands had paid us that we realized what we had done,â€ he says.
The recording of the song too was no easy task. â€œWe recorded the audio for the song at my home studio. Since we didnâ€™t have a soundproof room, I recorded my vocals inside a Godrej almirah! I went inside with my condenser and mic. Itâ€™s really hot in Dimapur,â€ he adds.
The band is currently working on its debut album, slated to be released in December. â€œWe are still working on the songs. Most of them revolve around Christian values or social issues. Iâ€™ve just finished writing a track on female infanticide and anti abortion called â€œLet Her Liveâ€ which will be part of our album,â€ he says, adding, â€œWe plan to release another music video next month, so the fans can look out for that.â€
For now, the Naga band is hoping that fans continue to support them by voting for them. â€œEven winning for India is great, we could have never imagined that, but it will be great to go there and perform,â€ he says.
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