Lords of Rock (LOR) from Nagaland, India is the latest addition to the music industry of the state who debuted on March 17, 2017 in Dimapur.
Dedicated in delivering the sound and feel of the 80’s Rock n’ Roll Scene, LOR-though the band is new, the members are not new faces and have extensive experience in the industry.
Sound, Front Man: Clement Imsong has been in the music business for about 10 years, Bassist: Akihito Aki is one of the most refined Bassists from Nagaland who started playing at the age of 15, Drummer: Alem has worked with various musicians and bands from India and has been playing drums for over 12 years, Guitarists: Toshimoa Moa is a professional guitar instructor who won the Northeast Young Achievers Award in the year 2016 and Akum Jams have played in many festivals in international platforms, including Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand).
LOR have helped to define the landscape of today’s Classic Rock Music scene & is living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in an ailing music industry.
In their own words, LOR’s World Music Day debut as a band at the Heritage Kohima was remarkable and the best they have had so far.
The band will be performing on June 30, 2017 at Urban Haat Dimapur, a music festival organised by LiveNow events.
The backbone of their work? Stylistically eclectic songs- Classic Rock suggesting a range of influences from Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Mr. Big, Metallica, Skid Row, Extreme etc.
The band is managed by Rockstar EI pvt. Ltd.
In today’s Rhythm of Love the band talks us through their musical journey.
Eastern Mirror: For the record, could you guys introduce us and the role you play in ‘Lords of Rock’?
Lords of Rock: We are a five piece Rock band: Toshimoa and Akum Jams play the guitar, Alem Ozzy keeps the beat, Akihito Zhimomi plays the bass and Clement Imsong is the frontman.
Eastern Mirror: Your band has stated that the band’s ‘sole purpose is to revive Classic Rock and deliver the sound and the feel of the 80’s Rock n’ Roll scene’. What is it like from your end that’s become the main thing?
Lords of Rock: It is in the best of our interest to keep our Music in that genre, we believe it caters to a segment of classic taste and it’s rewarding to serve the needs of such a populous.
Eastern Mirror: Share with us your musical memories that ‘Lord of Rocks’ has had since your debut. What makes it special?
Lords of Rock: The whole experience so far has been surreal. Most recently, as a band, the trip to Mokokchung was one of the best experiences for us, starting from the tour bus journey together with our team up till the day we performed.
Eastern Mirror: Have you guys ever slipped up on stage How do you handle those?
Lords of Rock: Of course we have made many but we believe it’s all a part of live music. To us it’s organic and sounds more natural when we make mistakes besides it’s the little imperfections that make the whole experience so perfect.
Eastern Mirror: You guys share the same taste in music. However working as a group is not easy especially when each individual has different ideas. How do you work it out?
Lords of Rock: We come from different ideas and tastes but guess that has contributed in the way we sound; everything just fits in perfectly and sounds better.
Eastern Mirror: You have also maintained that people should expect really loud and good old Rock n Roll-from the rock vaults and covering Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Extreme, Ozzy etc. Does this suggest your band will be focussing only on doing covers and not on your own song writing? If so why? What’s going on with the group at this time?
Lords of Rock: We enjoy playing the covers, as this was our inspiration in the first place but we also have couple of originals and we will be releasing our debut EP soon. We have played one of our originals (What we’re looking for) as part of the unplugged set in Mokokchung.
Eastern Mirror: Are you guys in a position to support yourselves through performing out in Nagaland?
Lords of Rock: It’s always best when you can make the passion into profession but for most of us we have other professional jobs. Although we think it would be a struggle to support ourselves solely by performing, especially in a place where there are no platforms to begin with.
Eastern Mirror: What do you think separates “Lords of Rock”?
Lords of Rock: We don’t think there’s anything special, we’re just a Band that loves playing Rock music. But one thing which we think is very fortunate is that we have a really good Chemistry. Besides that we have a bunch of Amazing friends in the music Industry (Shiu Lights, Audio Garage etc..) that really helps us in every way
Eastern Mirror: How far would you guys want to go ahead as ‘Lords Of Rock’. Any upcoming project?
Lords of Rock: We wanna say the sky is the limit but to be more realistic we would continue to do what we do so long as we get the love and support from Rock n Roll fans, because they are the reason why we exist.