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By Nitesh R Pradhan
Gauley Bhai, a band with unique cross-cultural influences, has been making Nepali music lovers swoon to their tunes replete with familiar Himalayan sounds and a little nostalgia.
The word “Gauley”, in Nepali, means to belong to the neighbourhood.
Gauley Bhai was formed in 2017 when the band members landed in Bangalore by coincidence. Their journey has spanned one album “Joro” (2019) and many singles.
TNT-The Northeast Today had a conversation with the team:
TNT: Can you share with us a brief story on how this musical band ‘Gauley Bhai’ came into existence and the purpose behind the unique name you’ve chosen for the band.
GB: The members of our band, like thousands of other people, migrated to the city of Bangalore for opportunities and jobs. People travel from various places and carry their sense of home with them. This sense of belonging grows and evolves with the places they travel and live. For us, our music is an image of this contemporary image of ourselves.
Three of us including Anudwatt, Siddhant and Veecheet hail from the same city of Kalimpong in West Bengal while Joe being from Calicut in Kerala still found a semblance within ourselves living in Bangalore, so we call ourselves "Gauley Bhai".
We have produced a couple of tunes and played them in the ‘I Live Here’ festival. The experience of the festival made an intense impact on us, and we also found faith in our sound.
TNT: Starting from 2017, Gauley Bhai has come a long way and inspired so many people and captivated so many audiences across places like India and Nepal. How do you feel being where you are today?
GB: It feels satisfying to have resonated with many people, and it feels great to record and share our music. We look forward to the day when we will perform again.
TNT: Travelling across different places and performing in front of different people must be a beautiful experience. What is your greatest takeaway throughout the journey?
GB: Different cultures, versatile musicians, lovely people, landscapes and all have made a tremendous impact on us. We hope we can continue to do so. Playing live fills our soul and fuels us to work harder.
TNT: Since travelling and crowd are the major factors of any performance. Being a musical band, how are you coping up with the current situation because of a pandemic or lockdown.
GB: No straightforward answers to this one. It has hit us badly, losing gigs and tours. Some of us are trying to pick up session work, a few commercial projects. We’re also working with a few online platforms toward paid gigs from our studio.
We are trying our best not to lose focus and are still committed to our pursuit of music and sound strongly. As a musician, it is always tough to learn to not give up, and we must insist on doing what we do.
We are jamming, practising personally and together working on our next album. We have set up our studio with the capacity to record all four of us live at a single go which is a huge landmark for us as a band.
We had released a performance video, which we recorded in our studio for the Joon Online Festival 2020. We hope to share such performance recordings from our studio every month. Then there are music videos in the pipeline.
TNT: We all wish that only if things were different right now. Being a figure people admire and look up to. Do you have any message to share?
GB: These are tough times for all. It displaces everybody.