The trio who visited
the city talk about the music they make!
The latest group to hit the Indi pop scene is the Caliche. Candy,
Liesl and Cheryl, the trio who form the group are one of
the few girl bands to hit this spot. On course of their 14 city promotional tour, they
were in Pune on the 8th, 9th and 10th of December, the
fourth city after Coimbatore, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Performing in the premises of Suman Motels, Hadapsar, the Caliche
group was an hour behind the scheduled time. Performances from local dance groups
`Infinity' and `Vibrations ' preceded them on numbers like "Windows '98",
"we like to party", "choli ke peeche" and a few others. Caliche opened
with "aa kareeb aa" one of their numbers of which they had given a small demo
during the press conference. A small crowd of enthusiastic people, who preferred to shake
the cold off instead of warming their chairs, danced in front of the stage.
They sang hits like " Aap jaisa koi ", " Yeh mera
dil " and others from their album. `Additappa', their title song, was their last
song. The "Once More" shouts fell to deaf ears as the crowd by then had already
started rolling out.
Formed 7 years ago on the 12th of
November, these three long time friends from Mumbai got together that day and decided to
seriously pursue their common love for music.
Inspired by groups like `En Vogue, "
Earth Wind and fire " and the hip-hop 80's music, they performed for corporate shows
and other shows before they got with Wizcraft sometime back. Recollecting nostalgically
they say, "We had done a show for the Times of India and had got a snap in the paper.
That's when Wizcraft approached us and through them, we opened for shows of international
stars like Diana King, UB40 and Whigfield in India."
`Additappa' which basically means foot tapping in Punjabi was the
song which they took as a demo to Virgin Records and then cut an album of the same name
with them. With the amount of artists in the pop scene today, breakthrough and success
should not be very easy to them. In agreement they say " we place ourselves a bit
different from others. We can credit this to our being a girl band, three voices and the
usage of harmonies in our songs. With three of us singing the same song but with different
pitches the effect is very nice and different. Accpella, a kind of European music in which
there is no usage of instruments and only voices perform, is what we sometime plan to do.
Fortunately Raju Singh, the music director understood our ideas and us and it made things
When asked about the roots of their love for music, Candy and
Leisl state in chorus "music is in our blood. Our mothers are professional singers
and very good friends as well." While Cheryl adds "I always knew this is where I
want to be and my parents were very encouraging and supportive." While they do
disagree on a lot of things, "which is very natural, but at the same time we take
disagreements as opinions and a different way of looking at things." Confidence
personified and talent evident, Caliche does seem to be a promising group, but only time
can tell of how far they would reach.