“I am a HUGE Mesut Ozil fan, and the match between Germany and Northern Ireland was about to begin at 9:30 PM and I was dying to see Mesut back on the pitch. But then, my favorite band ‘Tune Up Channel’ was set to take the stage only at serial no. 13. It was already 7:00 PM and the show still hasn’t started!” ~ A fan account of the hottest band from Mokokching – ‘Tune Up Channel’ in 2016. Full article here.
Fast forward to 2022. ‘Tune Up Channel’ is back with a new single ‘A Letter’ looking dapper and oh-so grown up! Don’t we all live to witness this kind of transformation of our talented friends? 🤩 The band members chat with R&L about their latest single, making the video, their journey in the last 6 years – and some fun facts about each band member.
Members of the band ‘Tune Up Channel’ from Mokokchung, Nagaland
R&L: Hi! Super excited to be having this chat with y’all. The last time we heard about you and your music was through Arenjungla (your biggest fan at the time!) – way back in 2016. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Tune up Channel: Thank you so much for having us. We are a band called ‘Tune Up Channel’ all the way from Nagaland. The band today is made up of Sunep A Jamir (vocals), Ayu N Mongro (keyboard), Temjen Lemtur (guitar), Meren (bass), and Avizo (drums).
We all started out playing for different bands, and that’s how we met each other..through various music forums and shows. Later on, we all took a break from all the respective bands, and we eventually decided to come together as the ‘Tune Up Channel.’
R&L: It’s difficult to keep a band together for years .. what keeps you going? What do u guys want listeners to take away from your music?
Tune up Channel: To stick together no matter what, and to keep writing songs that keep us excited to share with anyone who enjoys ’em. We want people to listen to our stories through our songs and just enjoy the good music. Of course, it’s not easy as we are still small-time musicians, but we have decided that we are gonna stick together no matter what happens, and with God’s grace we are able to survive till now.
R&L: Tell us about the new single ‘A Letter.‘ What or who was the inspiration behind this song?
Sunep Jamir-Vocalist: This song talks about trying to get back lost love. I got the inspiration from a friend’s story who was trying desperately to go back to his ex-lover.
𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞? 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗? 𝙸𝚝𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝟹𝟼𝟻 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜, 𝚘𝚑 𝚜𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚢, 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚂𝚎𝚎𝚖𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚢𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚋𝚊𝚍 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚎 𝙸 𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛, 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚗. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗. 𝙸 𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝, 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝.
Chorus: 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊 𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚊𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎, 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞….
…𝙺𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚞𝚙 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝙳𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚛𝚞𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚕𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝙸𝚏 𝙸 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚙, 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚝𝚘𝚕𝚕 𝚘𝚗 𝚖𝚎? 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊 𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚘 𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚎 𝚊 𝚜𝚒𝚐𝚗.
R&L: Yea.. the lyrics are so beautifully crafted. Loved it! The MV is super cool. What was the idea behind that?
Sunep Jamir-Vocalist: Our guitarist Temjen came up with the video idea. To use a retro theme. The rest of us liked the idea and we all worked together on the final version. And we got big help from the videographer – Kohdi Jings to make the final MV.
R&L: Tel us about the costumes. Did you guys have a professional costume/wardrobe stylist?
Sunep Jamir-Vocalist: Nah. We got our own stuff, putting together what we have to achieve the final retro vibes:p
R&L: Do u guys tour outside of Nagaland? Where have you guys performed so far?
Tune up Channel: We have performed in Mumbai, Delhi, Arunachal, Manipur, and Goa.
R&L: One last question. Share a hidden talent or a fun fact about each of the band members 🙂
Tune up Channel: Avizo the drummer can surprisingly cook very well 👨🍳 Sunep the vocalist can really sleep💤 Ayu Mongro the keyboardist can dance really well 🕺 Temjen the guitarist has a talent for styling up the band 🕴️and Imti our bassist has a talent for talking for hours on the phone! 😆
Here’s Tune Up Channel’s newly launched single ‘A Letter’
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