Times are changing. Corporate CEOs are sporting long hair and rockers are opting for crew cuts. Well then, how does vice-president-cum-rocker Vinesh Nair manage his image? While he strikes financial deals as vice-president of the Global Marketing and Communications in formal shirts and short hair, as the evening draws, he transforms into Vin, the front man of Dubai-based metal rock band Vin Sinner in black leather and inked arms. His evenings are spent jamming with his band comprising Aldo Rock (lead guitarist), Jing Bongato (rhythm guitarist), Joe D’mon (bass guitarist and backing vocalist), Cmythonika (synth player and keyboardist) and the Skinner (drummer and percussionist).
The alter life of Nair is reminiscent of Farhan Akhtar’s role of Aditya in Rock On! "Oh absolutely! We have to tell Farhan and his buddies that we owe our music to them. It was after watching Rock On! that I pulled out the stash of my old lyrics. And then, I met some like-minded musicians and together we formed Vin Sinners in 2010. Rock On! is our story," admits the 40-year-old rocker.
The son of an Indian diplomat, Vin recalls his first brush with rock music, "Dad walked in with a record of Pink Floyd and played it. I just took to it like fish to water. I still have that record with me," he states with obvious pride. A hardcore fan of rock music, he sang in the local choir in Chennai during school days and then formed his band in college in 1992.
"I have never been formally trained in music but have learnt music through exposure," informs Vin. Doors, Metallica and Indus Creed have influenced his music as has his five-year-long stint with a satsang group in Chennai where he "sang bhajans".
But somewhere in his mid-twenties, Vinesh decided that ‘music wasn’t enough to put food on the table’ and then, he just shut out rock and took stock of his career. He married kathak dancer Amrita and they have a lovely daughter Amisha (both of whose names are tattooed on Vin’s arms, along with Sun motif and the band logo). However, the rocker always simmered beneath the CEO surface and once prodded by the film Rock On!, Vin was back in form.
"I began writing songs from my intense experiences. Tunes just popped out of my head. Lyrics and melody are the most critical components of music, combine it with some good imagery, and you are giving the audience a great experience," he says.
"Loud, heavy and melodic, our rock music busts many myths like rock music must be noisy or rockers are losers leading a life of excess," claims songwriter, vocalist and producer of their music. Vin Sinner urges: ‘You don’t need to be smokin’ to be rockin!’
Vin Sinner grabbed the top spots on Indian charts with their album, An Element of Surprise, in July 2012. Their music is described as a gratifying audio-visual experience by rock fans all over. The band showcased 11 tracks at their mega outing in the recent Dubai festival.
"The homecoming tour to rock hubs in India is what excites us the most now. Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata are on our road map. We plan to take our annual leave together and head out for this tour," he informs.
Incidentally, the rest of the band members are also moonlighting while managing full-time jobs as designers, ad agency managers, teachers and financial experts.
Drop the pop
Vin is terribly miffed
with record companies for super-selling utter trash music of pop stars
like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. "I was shocked to find Indus
Creed CD tucked in a remote corner in Bangalore recently while the
display windows were bursting with pop music," he storms