Tonmoy Tansen, third from left, with members of Viking poses for a photo. –Tonmoy Tansen Facebook page
Lead singer of rock band Viking Tonmoy Tansen said rock music in Bangladesh has grown and matured over time but is gradually losing ground in the music industry. However, he is optimistic about the future of rock music in the country’s music industry.
“Rock music in Bangladesh has developed and matured over time and younger generation rock musicians benefit from the legacy of their elders who laid the foundations of the genre in the country’s music industry. Although the genre is gradually losing ground among music lovers, I am hopeful for the future of the genre,” Tonmoy Tansen told New Age.
Tonmoy Tansen has been in the country’s music industry for 24 years. He said: “I grew up in a culturally inclined family. My family members studied music although none of them pursued a musical career. My late friend Rippi introduced me to western and rock music at school. I started jamming with my close friends and we gradually started writing songs. In 1997 we decided to record our songs. We first decided to name our band Viking, but later we settled on the name Vikings at the suggestion of lyricist Kausar Ahmed Chaudhury.
“We were greatly supported by Warfaze drummer Sheikh Monirul Alam Tipu. He encouraged us to participate in a talent hunt contest called Star Search. We entered the contest in 1999 and became the winner,” Tonmoy added.
‘We released our first album Jiboner Kolahol in 2000. It received huge reactions from music lovers. In 2002 we released our single Bhalobashi Jare. We released our album Din Joto Dukkho Toto the same year. Unfortunately, our band became inactive after 2003. We came back with the album Run Out in 2014. The songs on the album were composed and recorded for the movie called Run Out, which I directed.
The group began to perform in concerts. However, we then changed the name of the band to Viking with our line-up,” Tonmoy said.
Viking released the music video for their song Nil Hobo on January 1. The band’s current lineup includes Tonmoy Tansen on lead vocals, Faruque Hossain Shuvo and Azmain Adil on guitars, Shimul Azhar on bass, Susi on drums, and Mahabub Chwodhury Pappu on keyboards. .
“We write our own songs and have never taken any lyrics written by foreigners,” said Tonmoy, who also spoke about the band’s upcoming projects.
“We are working on seven songs. Besides, we have finished shooting a music video for a song that will be released in the next 15 days. We wanted to release a music video on Eid-ul-Azha but couldn’t follow through due to the Covid situation,” he added.
Tonmoy also spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on the country’s music industry.
“Concerts are one of the main sources of income for groups, but no concert has been organized for a year and a half. Musicians have been hit hard by the pandemic. They suffer both psychologically and financially. We don’t know when the Covid situation will improve or when concerts will resume in the future,” Tonmoy concluded.