As original as it gets

Zing thing

As original as it gets

Gino Banks

He has played with fusion bands like Silk and Sitar Funk, with rock bands like Skinny Alley, Vayu and Zero and also with dance groups like Pt Birju Maharaj’s Kathak group and Terence Lewis’s Contemporary Dance Company.

“I love every genre of music. I play the drums and it adds a zing to all kinds of music, whether classical or rock,” said Gino. He has given fusion concerts with numerous artists in every genre and he said that he has enjoyed every performance. “I enjoy the idea of combining Western music with that of Indian,” he added. Gino is also running an institute where he teaches how to play percussion instruments.

He has composed music for many  Bollywood movies like Straight and also for music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulieman, Sandeep Chowta and Hariharan. “There is a lot of talent in the industry and the current musical scenario is interesting. There are additions of different styles of music for the same songs to make them stand out,” he said. So what is his take on ‘inspired’ music?

“There are only 12 notes and so sometimes some tunes are inspired or copied, much can’t be said about that. It depends on how honest the musician is,” he opined. He gave advice to those who were starting out now saying that music should come from within, it can’t be thrust upon by force.“It’s is important that you maintain your style and not give in to the pressure and demands of the industry,” Gino said.

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