Here’s introducing Trance Effect, a creative three-member indie rock band from Nagaland. The group was formed in 2017 with a female vocalist. It was not for money or for fame but for their mutual love to perform live music and to create more music. This drew them into forming Trance Effect.
In today’s Rhythm of Love, the band talks about their single ‘Stop Pretending.’ They will be hitting the studio very soon to record their EP titled ‘Clowns.’
Read on to know more about Trance Effect whose stage performances and music are catching the scene’s attention.
EASTERN MIRROR: For the record, could you guys introduce us and the role you play in “Trance Effect”?
Trance Effect: Hello greetings from “Trance Effect”. Well, on vocals, we have our dynamic and compelling performer Iuli Yeptho; Sosang on drums, a quiet but an expressive player who never fail to capture the right beat at the right time and Imnamaong on bass guitars, with his experience for performing live music and minimal playing adds just the right amount of colour to make the audience groove into the music.
As of now we don’t have a permanent guitarist but only session players and guitarists like Tako Chang and Temsujungba who have always been there to support the band with Tako accompanying us to the recently held Orange Festival at Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh.
EASTERN MIRROR: How did you guys meet? Talk us through your musical journey.
Trance Effect: We are all from the field of music. It was the love to perform live music and create music that drew us into forming the band; it was never about the fame or money. It was pure love for music that initially sparked our interest. We all have been in the music scene for quite some time and we are aware of the odds of making it but we still play for the love of it.
EASTERN MIRROR: What does your band name signify and where did it come from?
Trance Effect: Well we would describe our sound as somewhat of a melodic approach to the indie pop genre of music. We’re all from different musical background and genre but the love to create beautiful melodic music brought us together, therefore the band’s name ‘Trance’ which is a more melodic offshoot from techno or house music is what drives our music even though we don’t have a DJ in the band. So, we named the band “Trance Effect”.
EASTERN MIRROR: How has 2018 treated you all? What is one musical goal that you have achieved in 2018?
Trance Effect: It’s been quite a year for us, performing in and around the state, winning the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) competition 2018, representing Nagaland at the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) event 2019, and also performing at the Orange Festival Dambuk, which is India’s only adventure and music festival.
As for the goal that we have achieved in 2018, we were in the process of writing an EP and have almost completed it and will be hitting the studio very soon.
EASTERN MIRROR: Working as a band is not easy especially with each individual having different ideas and tastes. And in your group you have a female on the vocal. How do you work it out? Any issues you have faced initially?
Trance Effect: Well unlike other bands in the state where most of the bands have a front man we have a powerful and dynamic front woman. We all are from different musical background but when it comes to the band we all have similar taste in the music that we play. The shows we have played, almost all the people commented on the vocals being a girl yet giving a powerful performance. There are ups and downs but we initially tend to figure our way out as a band.
EASTERN MIRROR: Talk us through your song “stop pretending”. What influenced you for “stop pretending”? Is there any particular theme that Trance effect cover? If so why?
Trance Effect: Our single ‘Stop Pretending’ talks about the struggles and hardships a person faces in life. It talks about trying to stop pretending to be something one is not and to have a positive view on life. If you guys haven’t heard the song then check it out in our YouTube channel or you can download it from Indihut, Oklisten, Savaan, iTunes, Google play, Spotify, Amazon and leading digital stores. As of covers we initially do it in our style of musical approach but we prefer to play our originals mostly.
EASTERN MIRROR: Issues that Trance Effect genuinely feels about the music scenario of Nagaland.
Trance Effect: We are influenced and inspired every time we see a great live performance. That motivates us into putting in the hours until we get it straight. We grew up watching our local artists and bands perform, they’ve had quite an impact to all of us. The only problem with the music scenario in Nagaland is the lack of providing platforms to the upcoming bands and musicians but we hope to see changes in the days to come.
EASTERN MIRROR: What’s next for Trance Effect? What’s your ultimate direction?
Trance Effect: We’ll be hitting the studio very soon to record our EP titled Clowns, which is going to be a sequel to our upcoming Album which we are already working on and yes maybe a music video to go with it.
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