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THE ASIAN AGE. | K. RAMYA SREE
Published : Jul 23, 2018, 12:16 am IST
Updated : Jul 23, 2018, 12:16 am IST

With a mix of Bollywood, Western and rock, the band Triad has grown from strength to strength.

One such band is Triad that has Remo Ashley on vocals, Chris Richard on the guitar and Bala Raj on the Cajon.
 One such band is Triad that has Remo Ashley on vocals, Chris Richard on the guitar and Bala Raj on the Cajon.

Homegrown music is  finding its groove and talented youth are coming together to celebrate covers to jazz acts and everything in between. One such band is Triad that has Remo Ashley on vocals, Chris Richard on the guitar and Bala Raj on the Cajon. The three youngsters in their twenties formed this band in September, 2016.

Triad has been growing consistently from the get-go. The members continue to steal hearts with their gigs specialising in Bollywood, Western and rock music. “I once performed with the band ‘Three of Us’ and it went really well, which is when I thought I should start my own band,” says 21-year-old Richard, adding, “The ‘Three of Us’ band members were really helpful and guided us well.”

The 22-year-old Remo recalls his journey. “In 2016, Chris came up to me and said ‘Let us start our band and you can be the vocalist.’ Chris had already spoken to Bala. I thought I would give it a shot and that is how our band was formed,” he says.

Support from home is always minimal when it comes to off-beat career paths. For these youngsters too, convincing their parents was a task. “My parents were really concerned about my education when they came to know that I was performing gigs and it was tough convincing them. But after attending our concerts, they have been more encouraging,” adds Remo.

Bala Raj, 24, agrees and says, “I’ve had a rough journey in this profession. I wasn’t allowed to perform gigs initially. But later on, when I started helping my family financially, my parents were convinced that I was doing something with my life.”

Starting from scratch, without any economical support to earning Rs 60,000 each per month, the band has come a long way and has paved the way for other budding artistes. Not many have a consistent growth in this field, especially when the scene is flooded with young talent. But this band has managed to stay ahead of the curve.

“It is not just the music that we have to deliver, we also have to appeal to people in order to grow in this field. This is where I feel we have done a fairly good job,” said Chris. The love from the audience keeps them motivated. “They keep us going and make us forget the hardships we have faced. It is really difficult to perform concerts at night and attend college in the morning. We have to manage our work as well as academics. But I feel that our hard work has paid off,” they say. When asked if there have been any misunderstandings, they unanimously say, “Like every other group we too have had our share of hiccups. But we talk.” Remo adds, “For instance, I like singing Bollywood numbers and Chris likes English songs. Ours is a give and take policy.”

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