Good news for the Northeast music scene and it gets better. Alobo Naga and the Band are in the studios working and recording their debut full-length album. The album, tentatively scheduled for a summer release, will be mixed by none other than producer and engineer Tim Palmer. For the uninitiated, Tim Palmer’s CV boasts mixing and producing records for an eclectic coterie of artistes like Goo Goo Dolls, HIM, Jason Mraz. He also mixed the famed Porcupine Tree In Absentia album. Closer home, he did the same for Indus Creed’s last, Evolve. In a quick chat with vocalist, Alobo Naga, he tells us, “It was manager Prithish Chakraborty who got the link to Tim Palmer. So, we are doing our recording sessions in Dimapur and sending over the data to him. The album will have 8 to 9 songs in it.”
It is actually no mean feat for an independent artiste to enlist the services of someone as decorated as Palmer but it’s a chance worth taking. Alobo echoes a similar sentiment, “we are putting in everything we have in terms of effort and money and hopefully the output will be really good for the band and the scene as a whole. We are also in talks with a couple of major record labels in India who are interested in signing us up. Let’s hope everything falls into place very soon.”
With this, Alobo Naga and the Band join a group of few Indian bands who have sought to do their post-production work outside, more specifically, The British Isles. A good example would be Menwhopause, who got on board a dream team of Miti Adhikari and Richard Dodd for Easy. All in all, it is a huge step for the Northeastern music scene where mushrooming home studios have become the only salvage to the burgeoning music-mass.
¬ Hengul Dutta