by Andrew Otto and Marianne Bouchart
Soundpad, a project featuring the music of Indian alternative
rock bands Medusa, Swarathma, Advaita and Indigo Children,
came to the University of Westminster on May 12th and 13th.
The British Council sponsored this project, which aims to highlight
a growing alternative rock scene in India.
Soundpad involved producers John Leckie and Dan Austin who
recorded sessions with the bands at Yash Raj studios in Mumbai
to create an 8-song album.
Westminster’s Faculty Music Media, a student operated record
label, released the Soundpad album digitally on iTunes on May 12th.
University of Westminster Involvement
Students from the University took the Soundpad’s two day stop as a great opportunity.
They produced a show featuring the music of the Soundpad bands and an interview with
John Leckie done by Keith Harris. They were granted a Q&A session with John Leckie on Wednesday where they asked the well-known producer questions about his career and advices on music producing.
University lecturers Rob Benfield and Katie Thiebaud
fulfilled the role of executive producer for this event.
The four bands had never been in the UK before. Westminster was their first stop on a mini-tour that will take them
to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Oxford and
The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
Music Week has reported that Westminster is developing ties
to the music industry in Mumbai and is talking to Bengal music
company Sa Re Ga Ma about helping to create a training college.
Faculty Music Media wrote that John Leckie has always had an
interest in Indian music after working with Shiv Kumar Sharma,
Harisprasad and Gopal Shankar.
Thiebaud hopes the day was a chance for music students to share
music skills across cultures.