he latest addition to the Capital's growing ranks of musically-charged spaces is a spanking new recording studio and jam pad in the heart of Connaught Place. Twenty-four-year-old Yashita Tripathi, a media professional, along with Arsh Sharma of the rock band Circus and designer Sonal Chanana have started Soundspeaks Studios, imagined to be "a platform for young artists and budding musicians" from around town.
This brightly done up venue nestled in a cosy nook of CP's middle circle has been equipped with the latest technology that anybody with an interest in creating music can use. "I've wanted to do something like this since I was in school," explains a visibly charged Tripathi at the launch party, held at Out of the Box in Hauz Khas Village last week. "The basic idea for me is to meet new musicians, explore talent and bring fresh sound to light."
Though she has a certificate in sound engineering, she doesn't plan on humming the bars or strumming on guitars. Instead, she sees herself as the link between artists and corporate clients in the film industry and TV. "As of now, we're planning to just travel all over and get the music heard. We'll probably hold shows and events along the way," she says.
The aim is to bring musicians and their sound from the grassroots and find an audience for it. To this end, they intend to mix up folk music with electro or dubstep beats so they become more appealing to urban crowds. Although they're still waiting to actually begin with the production, which starts on 10 August, they already have Echo Float a.k.a Jeff Nelson from Goa coming in with his spunky brand of music for a special jam session soon.
"Unlike Mumbai, which is rife with studios, Delhi did require a commercial space for budding musicians to, say, record their EP and promote themselves. A lot of producers have the idea, but not the equipment to make it tangible. Soundspeaks is to address this gap," explains Sharma, also the interior designer of the project. "Of course, our first client is going to be me. I'm going to get all my band-mates and get cracking on these fabulous instruments we've decked up the place with."