Chennai-based all-female band SPLICE talks about their musical journey and upcoming projects

Performances, applause and struggles, SPLICE, an all-female group, fought their way through it all. The pandemic has completely changed the future of the music industry. In a time heavily reliant on technology post-pandemic, getting your foot in the door of the music industry is a Herculean feat, and neither is staying afloat.

The demand for indie music and bands has dropped significantly with the onset of the pandemic. But up-and-coming girl group SPLICE from Chennai have managed to make their mark despite the unpredictable conditions, one gig at a time.

From back-to-back performances at Goddy’s after their launch to performing for the first time in front of AR Reihana, the band’s calendars have been jam-packed with events. “Everyone’s family and friends have been very supportive. My dad is the manager of the band and he helps with publicity and helps us find gigs,” says Rinay, founder and drummer of the band. But, Sterlin, the lead pianist, clarifies, “Despite having a backing crew, it all comes down to timing, because even if people support an all-female band, it ends there. The first few days were tough and we still struggle to get gigs, but over time we learned how to handle it.

where it all started

Since debuting as a team of two in November 2021, SPLICE has now grown significantly, thanks to social media. “We started jamming with just a handful of members in 2021, but in January we’re now a proud group of 11,” Sterlin says. SPLICE, which refers to a knot or joint connecting two ends, seems appropriate for a band trying to make the connection between people and music. From schoolgirls to working professionals, the group is made up of women of various ages, all united by their passion for music.

“I work full time and am a member of SPLICE. I like being part of the group even though I work full time. Although the performances are nerve-wracking, the feeling you get afterwards is unparalleled,” says Sangeetha, a lead vocalist. Sherlyn, the 13-year-old bassist and one of the youngest members of the band, comments on the unpredictability that comes with being in a band: “Being in the band taught me a lot of things like how to adjust and adapt in delicate situations. .

For example, I had to deal with when my power plug went out halfway through a performance, and I ran in and replaced it on stage. I love learning new things every day and being around great people who are extremely supportive. Currently, the group does not perform original songs because covers help them catch people’s attention.

One deal at a time

While the group is busy establishing itself, Deepika, a singer, wishes for change soon. “Although I love to sing, composing music is my real passion. We are already working on our originals and intend to release them soon,” she says. To that, Sterlin adds, “Our main goal is to creating an empowering environment for women through our band and our songs. Most of the songs we work on are centered around women because we think it’s important to create that conversation. Their current engagements also have their fair share. hurdles. Rinay says being part of an 11-member band can be quite tricky. “As we’re a big band, planning and getting to gigs is tricky because all of our members are either working or at school. But we manage as best we can.

Tie the strings

Regardless of the minor obstacles in their path, there’s no stopping SPLICE anytime soon. “We’re busy with performances every other day, and soon we have many concerts in and around the city. Practices and rehearsals are in full swing, and it’s exciting to perform in all of these venues. says Sterling. And what is the best part of the whole process? “To be surrounded by such diverse and knowledgeable people. We are very close and have a lot of respect and love for each other. I couldn’t ask for anything better and I’m grateful to have met Rinay on that fateful day in 2021.” concludes Sterlin.

SPLICE’s progress has not only succeeded in turning heads but has also opened doors for a whole slew of aspiring musicians mired in the pandemic. And while maintaining the ‘junction’, it’s safe to say that hope for a musical future is also restored.

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