Something Relevant is an indie band from Mumbai, India.
‘STR’, as the band is popularly known in their hometown, was formed in 2003, when most of the band was at St. Xavier’s College. The band went on to play countless shows over the next seven years playing at just about every venue available across India. STR quickly became a popular festival band in India and abroad, playing at prestigious festivals like The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Java Jazz Festival. The band has developed a strong and loyal fan base which is a big ever-growing family.
Something Relevant are a band that writes simple songs, and douses them with heavy jazz, RnB and Afro influences. At first, the band sounds like a straight up indie rock band, but if you listen closely, you hear the band members bring their individual influences to the table and put their unique stamp on things, much like jazz musicians. The band refuses to play the same show twice, always improvising at gigs and changing things around. STR has a reputation for an electric live act and massively unpredictable high energy shows!
Something Relevant released its debut album ‘Feels Good To Be Live’ in December 2009. A music video for ‘City In A Situation’ premiered on VH1. The album continues to get good radio play on local stations.
In 2010, Something Relevant toured across India and Indonesia. The band also did a two month tour of the UK, playing for a month at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then at clubs and colleges in London, including a special gig at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Bar.
In 2011, the band took a hiatus to learn and recharge at a music school in South India near Pondicherry.
In early 2012, STR paid a hugely successful visit to Bangladesh playing eight concerts with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, filling packed ballrooms each night with college students.
Something Relevant’s second studio album, ‘We Could Be Dreaming’ was released on the 16th of November 2012. The album was done entirely at the band’s own studio, The Cotton Press Studio.
Luis Chico – Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Organ
Luis is a classically trained concert pianist and arranger with a strange penchant for commercial club and house music. He especially likes synthesizers. Luis has thick Goan blood running through him and loves Kings beer with butter-garlic calamari.
Ryan Sadri – Vocals, Tenor, Soprano, Baritone Saxophone
Ryan plays the Tenor, Soprano, Alto and Baritone Sax. Having studied with the late, great Mickey Correa, Ryan is now one of the torch bearers of the jazz scene in Mumbai. He’s a huge sports buff and loves the outdoors.
Aalok has been playing tabla from a very young age, shifting gears to congas and Latin percussion soon after. In 2011, Aalok studied under Cuban percussionist Dafnis Prieto. Aalok is a mathematical genius and has an abnormal control over time.
Tanmay Bhattacherjee – Vocals, Electric, Acoustic and Nylon Guitar
Tanmay plays guitar for STR and loves everything music production. After years of tweaking, he has finally found his sound with his favorite Gibson ES336 called Gibbs, named after South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, who is his favourite cricketer of all time.
Stuart DaCosta – Vocals, Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Stuart plays bass for STR and has a passion to change things. He backs up the hard hitting lyrics with action when he organizes the annual Bandstand Revival Project in Mumbai, making music accessible to the general public and redeveloping old concert venues.
Jehangir Jehangir – Drums
JJ is the funkiest member of STR. Having roots as “a true jamband drummer”, JJ began playing Jazz and studied swing and jazz drumming and composition with Ferenc Nemeth in 2011. In his spare time, he plays jazz piano.