Yellow Diary Reveal Relying On Live Shows For Money, Talks About New Docu-Series EQUALS | Exclusive
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The Yellow Diary is an emerging Indian rock band known for their soulful songs. Their unique sound blends indie, rock, and folk elements, captivating audiences with emotional resonance. They have recently become part of a music docu-series, EQUALS. In a recent interview with Zoom, they shared the deets about EQUALS, their independent journey and much more!
Unfiltered The Yellow Diary!
How did the idea of making The Yellow Diary come about?
The Yellow Diary was first conceived when Rajan and Himanshu decided to start writing songs together. Realizing they needed to expand the idea into a band, they approached Sahil (drums), who in turn called Stuart (bass) and Harsh (guitar), and in 2016, The Yellow Diary was in effect.
Can you tell us about your experience being a part of the EQUALS documentary series?
I think as a society, it is important to realize the rich cultural heritage that we are all a part of and to preserve those ideas and knowledge. What Equals has done is commendable: take all these different folk styles, find contemporary collaborators, and make something culturally important. We feel really grateful to be a part of it.
How do you feel your music fits into the larger narrative of preserving and celebrating Indian folk traditions?
I don’t think we ever considered folk or traditional mentality in our sound; I guess that’s what makes for an exciting collaboration with Sucharita Ma'am. I feel our contribution would be to show the world what happens when those two worlds collide. We are grateful to Equals for this opportunity to see what would happen if TYD mixed with traditional music.
Do you think that social media is helping bands and independent artists to have their own journey in a more fulfilling way than earlier, both from the perspective of reaching an audience and financially?
Yes. Definitely. The reach you can have is infinite. Building an audience has never been easier. Instagram and YouTube are the go-to spaces that have been instrumental in our musical discovery. Financially monetizing music in this day and age is a challenging proposition, so as artists, we have to rely on live performances for financial stability.
Can you describe the process of creating music for EQUALS and how it may have differed from your usual creative process?
We were given a five-day window to create something brand new with Suchitra Ma’am and her musicians, whom we were meeting for the first time. And honestly, it was the smoothest and most loving process. She was the most receptive person, and we learned so much from her and her journey with music. We have tried to incorporate that same feeling into the song. And we couldn’t be happier with the journey or the result. We have been forever changed by this beautiful collaboration.
What role do you think documentaries like EQUALS play in promoting and preserving traditional music forms in today's digital age?
The times are running fast, and with that are people's attention spans. These documentaries make sure that the heritage of Indian music, and with that, a big part of Indian history, gets shown to the world that thrives on digital consumption. It allows these rare but brilliant historical art forms to stay relevant.
Did being a part of this series change your perspective on the significance of music in our cultural heritage?
To say that we had changed would mean that we had lost touch with Indian culture and its art. I don't think that's the case. For us, the fact that we appreciate Indian folk music and other forms of heritage arts only allowed us to dive deep and understand the musicality and emotions of what Sucharita ji expressed through her music.
How do you hope viewers will respond to The Yellow Diary's contribution and the broader message of the EQUALS series?
We hope that the real understanding of EQUALS gets across. The fact that the series stands as a bridge between two different equals under the umbrella of music allowed us to create music that speaks of both perspectives—the new and the folk. As artists, we all hope for art to find those who seek it.
Tell us a bit about your journey from Marz to Mann and into the independent space—how it all started.
It started with a dream. A small dream of creating music together That's where Marz took the first step. From there to Mann, with so many listeners and labels supporting us in our journey, there's no way you can summarize it as one destiny. Every time we look back, every song looks like a checkpoint in time, and every time we look forward, there's another dream waiting to be realized. One such dream today is to go global and represent the Indian music scene beyond the boundaries of our country.
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