Of indie-pop tunes and sombre melodies
EIDA is a band who entered the music market with their Indie-pop touch and cheerful music. The band members have all been doing metal or rock music. With EIDA, however, they've met up to drop their first single, "Aurora Dreams". With EIDA, Sakib Manzur Zihan (lead guitar), Hassan Munhamanna (song writing, vocals), M Samiul Haque (guitar, vocals), and Mohammad Raian Mahbub Rasha (drums, production) are trying to create a harmony in the music industry. This week, we sat down with the members of EIDA to discuss the ins and outs of creating music.
What drew you to the music industry?
Erm, we’re not exactly sure if we’re in anyway part of the “music industry,” but what drew us to music, is music itself. Rasha, Zihan, Samiul, and Shahadat come from the same generation of early 00’s music lovers who grew up worshipping local and international rock music. All of us have a common ground when it comes to appreciating Black, Nemesis, Cryptic Fate (our favourite band), Watson Brothers, Artcell, Breach, Powersurge as well as Grunge, NWOBHM, Thrash to even Metalcore. Arjo, who’s almost 25 years younger than us, comes from a more recent generation who start off with YouTube music trends (chillstep, trap and the likes) and Animals As Leaders and Polyphia.
How did you all meet?
Rasha, Shahadat, and Zihan have been doing music together for some time. Zihan and Shahadat are from the same batch at IBA-DU and made songs with Rasha for Freshers and Graduation programs for the last four years. We knew Samiul, three years our senior, from IBA as well. Arjo is a well-known figure around the Dhaka underground. He’s the hot new bassist that everyone claims to know but few actually do.
Who are your individual inspirations, and how does that translate into the kind of music you make together?
-Rasha – Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains (Rock and Grunge)
-Shahadat – Bangla Rock, Punk/Hardcore/Metalcore, Grunge, 90’s pop, Indie rock
-Samiul – John Mayer, Mateus Asato, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Rick Graham, Mark Lettieri, Iron Maiden (Indie, Pop, RnB, Rock)
-Arjo – RHCP (Djent, Pop)
-Zihan – John Mayer, Mateus Asato, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Audioslave, The Strokes (Grunge, Rock, Pop)
We all come with really eclectic music tastes. All of it converges when we’re trying out different soundscapes and nobody is caught off guard by it. Our broad musical palettes allow us to experiment with previously untried sounds without worrying about whether someone else is going to get it or not, which is a problem with boxed-in musicians who do not go beyond their comfort zones.
How long does it take for you to go from ideation to a completed track?
While it takes some time to complete a track, production and all, it actually doesn’t take us that long to finish composing a song. For instance, Samiul would come up with a riff and be done with the lyrics and vocal lines in like a week. In fact, we finished writing all of “Aurora Dreams” within two hours of finding the first rhythm. The longest we took with writing a song was with “NightDriver”, which took about a month and a half to finish. Shahadat loved the instrumental so much that he didn’t want to rush it and waited for the right tune to arrive.
On the production side of things, it usually takes us about three to four sessions to complete recording all parts of a song. After which, Rasha, being the perfectionist he is, takes another two to three weeks to get done with everything.
What’s an average day like for you?
Average but average is good when you have great company.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Not really, although one might point to all the purple women in all four of our artworks.
Please tell us a bit about how you interact with and respond to fans.
Humour is the prime interactive principle for EIDA. Also humility, but mostly humour.
Except for music, do you guys do anything else?
Zihan is an entrepreneur, Samiul is a wage slave and the remaining three are still students.
What is the funniest question you have been asked about your band?
If you want your fans to remember one thing about the band, what it would be?
Our songs. Also, Samiul bhai.
Do you think you could get better any better as a musician and how?
Yeah well is there really a limit to being better musicians? But then, most musicians simply keep getting at the mechanics of playing music, but music is also an exploration of the soul. We want to become better musicians, by of course, continuing to learn the instruments better, but also by exploring our identities and figuring out who we are .
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Whoa, first of all, don’t follow footsteps. Chase your own (personal) dreams!
How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Over time, we’ve become more comfortable with ourselves. We’ve also developed a better sense of what each of us bring to the table, so that when we’re working on a new song, we know what role who is going to take up.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
Basically dealing with Mirpur traffic at least once every week.
What do you hate or love the most as musicians?
We don’t think we have reached that point yet to hate anything but as a musician of course music is our first love.