Nagaland in the North East region of India is an artist hub. Unlike the place which is mostly an unknown corner in the country, artists from this part are often one of the most recognized in their fields – especially musicians. North East region produces the country’s best original music artists. Today we are sitting with Mar Jamir – the lead singer of the super talented band from Nagaland – Polar Lights.
Meet Mar Jamir from the band ‘Polar Lights’. Formed in the year 2013, they have come a long way.
- Hello Mar so good to be having this chat with you! Tell us about your band “Polar Lights”
Polar Lights came together back in 2013. We’ve always been avid music enthusiasts, so when the opportunity came for all of us to get together and write music, we gave it a shot and 3 years later, we’re still here – writing music and doing what we love doing the most. So it was definitely worth the shot. We’ve had a couple of lineup changes since our inception but everything worked out for the best, I think. We now have Temjen Jamir on Lead Guitars, Arenungsang on Rhythm Guitars, Kilen on Drums, Lanutoshi on Bass. I front the band as the lead singer.
When did you start writing music? What drives you . . who are your inspirations?
I was 11 years old when I wrote my first ever song. So yes, I started quite early – most of them were sloppy songs by the way. But of course, they felt like great songs at that time! (laughs).
As to what drives me to write music, I think it’s just the satisfaction and the feeling of accomplishment of penning down my emotions . . yea def that. I look up to great musicians like Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin and The Who for inspirations.
Any other passion other than music?
Music has always been a constant in my life. I don’t really remember a time when I was passionate about anything else other than Music.
What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?
I usually write songs on the acoustic guitar or on the Piano. It has worked out for us over the years, so we follow that generally. But we don’t have a set rule or process. Sometimes during our jamming sessions, one of the band members may come up with a melody line or pull in a few chords. If we like it, we try to work on it from there.
I know you have to rush but lastly, is there anything that you would like to convey to our readers and the aspiring musicians?
Thank you all so much, for sparing us a few minutes of your time to listen to our music. I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did!
To all upcoming musicians, my advice would be, to keep practicing, play live as much as you can, and continue to write songs. You can never really write enough songs. Cheers!
So if you still haven’t listened to Polar Lights, we think it’s about time you check them out. Never too late! Also folks, catch them Live in action at this year’s Bacardi NH7 Weekender Meghalaya on the 27th and 28th Oct 2017.
More details on NH7 Weekender 2017 – with exclusive insider tips on how to have maximum fun at the festival HERE
Check out their latest music video “Into the Light”
Music video by Polar Lights performing Into The Light(c) 2015 Directed and Edited by Tinted Light Studio. Song recorded at Jam Studio 11, Dimapur, Nagaland
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