Shillong’s own mathrock quartet Sky Level releases its long-awaited debut EP entitled Time.

Two keen mathrock music enthusiast, Denzil Swer and Sonny Taba, introduced this unevenly structured genre of music with irregular patterns and unpredictable polyrhythms to their bandmates of Sky Level and made them dig more into it. The bunch soon began to jam to the likes of Toe, Tom’s Story, Chon, and Lite. In no time, they started to pick up on odd-time signature moves and write their own materials and play live in and around the Northeast regions of the country.

Founded in 2014, with the intention of playing original music, Sky Level is Sonny Taba, and Meban Lyngdoh on guitars, Pynshai Kharchandy on bass and Denzil Swer on drums after a few changes in their lineup over the past. Being the only mathrock outfit in the whole North East India (In a country where mathrock is still very new), Sky Level is one of the most underrated band in the NE regions. It’ll be extremely surprising for many to find out that the quartet has been playing live for almost 4 years now and they have bagged titles in big music events such as Meghalaya Icon 5 (2014) and Mood Indigo Bombay (2016), have made appearances in giant music festivals of NE India such as Music For Change, Rocktober Fest, Orange Festival, Ziro Music Festival and many more on top of opening for Crown The Empire (Texas, US) at IIT Bombay in 2016.

Time is a complete DIY project. It was recorded and edited by Denzil, the drummer of the band. Their mutual friend Jacob P’nlook help them out with the mixing and mastering processes. The band has come a super challenging yet creative way on making this release possible. Even the release date had to be delayed for a few months due to the unceasing production works that band had to cover on their own. “It has been quite difficult for us to cope up with everything as we wanted the best effects for our EP. The hard work was challenging but worthy”, quoted Denzil Swer.

Time (EP): Tracklisting:

  1. Friday Jam
  2. Indigo
  3. Rollercoaster
  4. Time

Recorded & Edited by Denzil Swer.

Mixed & Mastered by Jacob P’nlook.

Artwork by Rui Xing.

Teaser Video & Graphics by Jerry Chen.

Time is available for online purchases and streaming on the various music streaming websites below: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Saavn, Gaana, Google Play Music, Deezer and OK Listen.

Now that the EP is out on all major music streaming sites, the band is working on releasing the physical copies soon. A giant EP promotional tour is also in the pipeline for the band before they get back to writing new materials for more releases in the near future.

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GETTING CANDID with RINCHIN CHODEN (Doodle Artist)

Name:  Rinchin Choden
Age: 31 years

Artistry: Doodle, Illustration, Graffiti Art 

Occupation:   Project Manager/ Design Assistant at Alienleaf Studio
Management at Bitbucket Solutions

City: 
Shillong, Meghalaya

Rinchin Choden grew up in a Buddhist family in a small town called Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. She left home and went to Shillong in 2005 to pursue a degree course but her love for creating art crowned her a job at a design studio called Alienleaf Studio as an intern soon after her graduation and has been living there ever since (12 years). 

She was graceful enough to allow us to peep into her world through this brief chat:

When and how did you first become interested in doodling? What have been your strongest influences? 

2016, as my friends would have said, it was the worst year for them, but it was the best for me. I did a lot of stuff then which is still memorable, doodling being one of them. My strongest influences have been these amazing guys I work with, they have been my greatest support.

Take us through the whole process of creating a new piece.

I usually start with a ‘dot’, wander around it for, like, few minutes.. and then there is no stopping. When I am making a piece with intricate designs I usually take about five to ten days, and I like to be left alone when I am making it. My other work titled “Diary of Lazy Rinzi” is a bit more fun and is about my observation skills (which happens to be real bad).

What else do you do when you’re not doodling?

Apart from my usual job and doodling, one can always find me in the kitchen, experimenting with innovative ingredients. According to my friends I make killer momos. If not the best, at least, the second best in the town.

It is easily noticeable that most of your doodles are in black and white. Any particular reason for staying away from using other shades?

My favorite colors are grey, black and white. I find more dimensions through them. About “brighter” colors, they are yet to equally fascinate me!

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

My studio is basically my bedroom and the most indispensable item is my blanket. 🙂

Do you undergo creative blocks from time to time? If so, how do you subdue them?

Ah, that’s hard to answer; I do give myself breaks whenever I am working on something. Those breaks are usually time for daydreaming, where I think about what else I could add to make my artwork more appealing. When I start working on a piece I just think about it day and night till I complete it. So, technically, I’m always working and thinking. Thinking is the greatest work.

Pick up your favorite piece of art and tell us the story behind it.

There was this time when I had a recurring dream which I actually remembered and tried to put it on the canvas. I managed to complete two out of the three series but somehow the last part of the series is yet to be done. It’s about this girl trying not so hard to fit in and letting herself lose control of all the burdens. The medium is permanent marker pens on canvas.

How do you feel about the present art scene in Shillong?

 – Well, Shillong is one big hub for artists. Be it graffiti wall art or painters, we have it all. There are art schools to hone the talents of young and old artists. There are cafes which promote art and then there are groups like The Small Art Project which is a small initiative to bring in all local artists and promote the freedom of creativity through various mediums of art.

What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening in the North Eastern region of India that encourages the budding talents?

There are lots of events and workshops happening in the Northeastern part of India where young minds gather together and these are the hotspots where budding talents are discovered, be it Music, Sports, and other youth activities.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Tell us about the particular piece.

Recently, I started the project “Diary of Lazy Rinzi”, which is a mini-version me, and the whole idea behind it was to make myself feel good and it’s an accomplishment every time someone says that seeing my work makes them happy.

So, what are you looking forward to in 2018?

2018 – It should be brighter, vibrant and eventful!

We had an amazing time chatting with Rinchin and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

To keep up with Rinchin’s amusing doodle series The Diary of Lazy Rinzi and other creative arts, follow her social-media handles below:

 

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