We caught up with Arekta Rock Band, one of Dhaka's rising young bands, after the much anticipated release of their latest single, Arekta Rock Gaan.
Congratulations on the new release. How difficult is maintaining a band during a pandemic?
ARB: The quarantine started off as a much needed break from our hectic routine, and the first month was actually quite relaxing for us. Things eventually got worse, and our productivity hit a slump. The shutdown has put a halt on our momentum that we had been building up for almost a year prior. However, we are glad that we've managed to pull through and finally release Arekta Rock Gaan.
How did you come up with the concept of a video game inspired music video?
ARB: All of our music videos, including this one, are directed and produced by Shahariar Ahamed (Cybertron Studios). We actually had a completely different idea planned for the video, but the execution wasn't feasible as the lockdown had restricted our flexibility. The entire credit goes to Shahariar, as came up with the entire theme.
Do you miss performing in live shows? How are you keeping in touch with your audience?
ARB: Words cannot describe how much we miss the adrenaline of live gigs. Arekta Rock Band thrives on live shows, because of how well we can connect with our audience through it. Since the 'new normal' does not allow such luxuries anymore, we are keeping in touch with our audience via our social media channels.
What is the most important quality that a rock band needs to have in this era?
ARB: You need to be prepared for anything – we learned that the hard way this year. Make the most out of every good moment, and do not give up on your efforts no matter what. They will eventually pay off, when the time is right.
What's next for Arekta Rock Band?
ARB: We can promise you one thing – a lot of new music!