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THE MANAGER Kicks Back with Showbiz

With Abdullah Bin Ratul on vocals, Tawsif Mahbub on bass, Mayoukh Hassan and Tazimul Hasan on guitar, and Raad Awsaf Islam on drums, The Manager started off on its journey in April 2011. Khan Nahida Moushumi catches up with the band to find out what's hot and happening on their palette.

Getting There
After a year of formation, The Manager's long awaited first single “Natok” was released in 2012 and the romantic, heartfelt lyrics (written by: Towhidul Munim), layered with deeply rich melodies and swooning chorus did not disappoint. Creating good music is the motto of The Manager and every song they have sung is amazing in its own right. Although The Manager have been delving more into progressive rock, crafting a mélange of different genre and experimenting with them, diffusing many styles of music have given the band their signature sound.
Live Shows & Current Projects
The Manager is currently working on two upcoming albums that they have in the pipeline. Besides, they have played in ninety-nine gigs and their 100th show celebration is scheduled for next month! It's quite an achievement considering they have been performing together for just over two years. While discussing all the blood, sweat and tears that went into building their career they admit recognition and support from musicians such as Asif Iqbal Jewel, Fuad Al Muqtadir, Elita Karim, Isha Khan Duray and many others have been truly inspiring for them.
Genre
When they started out, they would cover different genres of music. Since the band is heavily influenced by both classic and alternative rock, they are focussing on producing progressive rock music. 'To be honest, we don't prefer to be tagged as a rock n' roll band or any specific genre. That way we'll have the creative space to experiment with new sounds and different styles of music', says drummer Raad. 'Our first album will be very plain and simple. Our second album will be more “unstructured” and experimental as far as the songs are concerned', he concludes.

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Khan Nahida Mousumi: Who's the manager of The Manager? 
Ratul: Nobody right now
Tawsif: I know I was till 2012 but I have been very busy lately
Mayoukh: It's complicated!
Tazimul: Even though Tawsif brags to be the manager of The Manager but it's still undecided :p
Raad: It would be Tawsif and Mayoukh as they bring most of the shows and handle PR
KNM: What's with the name?
Ratul: It is what it is!
Tawsif: What's in a name?
Mayoukh: It's just a name. There's no agenda behind it
Tazimul: It was my idea to name our band The Manager and everyone seemed to be on board with it for some reason.
Raad: To be honest I didn't care much for the band name when we started off. I was more concerned about practices and shows
KNM: Why did you quit the previous band groups you were affiliated with?
Ratul: I realized I was wasting my time and energy
Tawsif: I didn't. The band members started leaving the country so it didn't work out
Mayoukh: It wasn't working out the way I wanted it to
Tazimul: We didn't work out as a band because the other band members were leaving the country for higher studies
Raad: Most of the members had other priorities before music and some of them went abroad
KNM: What would you say is the best thing about being part of The Manager?
Ratul: I don't know, but I know what the worst part is – it's when I show up to jam an hour before everyone else does!
Tawsif: Being able to be a part of THE MANAGER.
Mayoukh: It's fun working with these guys; it's like hanging out with one's friends and making magic happen
Tazimul: To me, the best part is knowing that all of them are there when you need them
Raad: I have a few friends besides my band-mates. I'm doing what I want with my mates and that's the best thing about being part of the band
KNM: What's your favourite song of the band? What's it about?
Ratul: 'Chhoto Chinta'. Out of all our songs, this is the one I can relate to the most
Tawsif: 'Dui Line'. It's about a one night stand :p
Mayoukh: 'Chhoto Chinta' is one of our originals which will be featured in our debut album
Tazimul: For me it has to be 'Shey'. It's dedicated to anyone and everyone who has loved and lost someone
Raad: 'Choto Chinta'
KNM: Any female musician you'd like to do a duet with?
Ratul: None
Tawsif: Elita Apu
Mayoukh: Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift
Tazimul: There are so many, it's really difficult to name just one but I'm a big fan of Elita Karim, Armeen Musa and Palbasha Siddique
Raad: Dido
KNM: If you guys went solo, who do you think would be most successful?
Ratul: Tawsif Mahbub
Tawsif: I don't think a bassist can go solo. So yeah, Ratul is the one who can make it big!
Mayoukh: Probably me haha. Seriously speaking though, I think Ratul will succeed in the music industry. And in the showbiz world it has to be Tawsif.
Tazimul: None of us in the recording industry. You probably will find us in 'holuds' playing 'khyap' for money, although the increasing number of DJs in the country will make it very difficult for us to survive. Other than that, Tawsif is already successful with his career in the media!
Raad: Ratul

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