A tryst with the saxophone

A tryst with the saxophone

A tryst with the saxophone
Five college friends decided to get together and take forward their love for music. They planned to focus on pop-instrumental music and thus, ‘The Revisit Project’ came into being. Seven years since its inception, the band has carved a niche for itself in revisiting several melodies of the bygone era, using the saxophone.

“Listening to a saxophone might make one feel that they have heard it before. This is also because saxophone renditions of many songs are available in the market and online. So we try to play the lyrics through the melody. And playing Indian melody is difficult because the songs are very vocal,” says Abhay Sharma who plays the instrument for the band. 

With Abhijeet Sood on drums, Sayan Sinha on bass, Raeed Ehsaan Ali on keyboard and Varun Rajasekharan on percussions, the band has revisited songs like ‘Tum Pukar Lo’ by Hemant Kumar, ‘Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega’ and ‘Lag Ja Gale’ by Madan Mohan and some of the early 2000s songs, including ‘O Humdum Soniyo Re’  by A R Rahman from the movie ‘Saathiya’. 

“We make sure that the songs we select are very melodic. Also, we select those songs which we feel are underrated and deserve to be heard,” adds Sharma. While most songs are given a “jazzy” touch through the instrument, he says that their music is nowhere close to jazz. “Our concept is based on jazz but we are a pop-instrumental band. There is a fun element to each song, with funk and blues and some harmonic changes in the old tunes. We make sure that the music is fun to listen to, so that our audience enjoys it. Also, we want to highlight who we are as individuals through our music. Though some songs that we work on are comparatively slow, we plan it in a way that the audience gets surprised,” says the 24-year-old.

The Delhi-based band started with playing at Depot 29 a year ago, followed by various commercial and corporate gigs. Sharma says they want more of “club gigs” because they want to reach out to more people. “Our idea is to create music which people can relate to, and this happens only when they have heard the music before. So with our music, we are able to engage the eating and talking audience too, but we lack sufficient opportunities for this.”

As for their future plans, Sharma says they will try and continue to gain more popularity by releasing more “fun and engaging” videos on YouTube. “Through the band’s collective effort, we are currently able to release at least five to six videos in a year. We make sure that these videos are recorded and shot properly so that it catches the maximum attention from our audience,” he explains.  
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