2Stroke, a much awaited multi city tour, featuring ‘Skrat’ and ‘aswekeepsearching’, is about to begin on the 17th of June. The first edition of the 2Stroke will run through five days, encompassing five cities – Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
Uddipan Sarmah, who is also a member of aswekeepsearching is the key force behind the tour. According to Uddipan, “The tour will span genres and attempt to put together on each edition two sets of artists that complement each other either in similarity or as an interesting contrast.” A multi city tour is every band’s dream and according to the head organizer, “The bands and the organisers are united in their belief that non-corporate sponsored, DIY touring is within the realms of possibility and sustainability.”
The key hurdles in organizing multi city tours, in a still emerging scene like India are “Financial backing and logistics”, says Uddipan, adding that, “Every venue is interested in hosting outstation artists, but the only issue that sometimes holds them back is the logistics. Also, not all venues do live events all days in a week, they have particular days assigned for live shows. It gets hard for an organiser to plan consecutive shows on a tour. But I am happy, the venues I am working with has supported us with the days we wanted. Specially Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad, who is hosting the show on Saturday. This is actually a great support”. Exploring the touring scene in India on the lines of Europe and the United States have long been at the back of Uddipan’s mind. It was financial constraints that pulled him back, until Bengaluru based music enthusiast Ramakrishnan Krishnan (Ram), who has been supporting Indian Indie music in his own way, decided to invest in the idea.
The 2Stroke tour has already generated some buzz in the Indie music circuit and fans from all over the country are taking note. The Indie circuit is growing everyday and Uddipan gave a straightforward reply when asked about the Indie scene, “Everyone needs to take ownership of the indie scene and make sure they come to events with their hordes. Let’s get more people to follow the Indian indie music. A fan base is built, not expected. We are trying our best to reach more people. On our journey, if everyone gets along, I am sure we will together make a difference.”
Plans have already been brought in place for a second episode of the 2Stroke tour, which is tentatively scheduled at the end of August this year. “More details will be out soon”, says Uddipan.
Aswekeepsearching’s brand of music will be a treat for the fans throughout the tour. When asked about the band’s plans post the tour, Uddipan said, “We are going straight to the studio. Year end, we will be coming up with a full length album. Excited!” Sure, exciting times ahead for the Indie music scene.