The rising stars

Antara Sharma
Monday, 20 August 2018

Parx Hunt — India’s Best College Bands has initiated its second edition. Top college bands from across the country can upload their videos on the website before August 31 and the finalists will be mentored by ace musicians

In today’s times, we often find youngsters buried in textbooks preparing for examinations.  But it is vital for them to also de-stress and explore and discover themselves through various activities and interests and hone their creative side as well. 

Parx, a premium casual lifestyle brand from the house of Raymond, is positioned to cater the needs of the enterprising youth. The brand was conceptualised for the generation that is in a constant fix, between breaking old paradigms and creating new ways of thinking and living. 

The brand believes that it is important for the youth to be heard, for their thoughts and emotions to be expressed and for their potential to be explored. Which is why it initiated Parx Hunt —  India’s Best College Bands. This year, Parx is having its second edition and promises to double last year’s participation count. 

The country’s top college bands from across four zones will be performing different kinds of music genres — from pop to punk, alternative to rock and so on. The bands will not only exhibit their talent but the finalists will also interact with renowned musicians. They will be mentoring the youngsters too.   

Swar Joshi from the band Across Seconds, last year’s winner of Parx Hunt, says that it is important for amateur bands to participate in as many competitions as possible and get themselves on the map. Sharing his experience of participating in Parx Hunt’s first edition, he says that the organisers did a phenomenal job with their arrangements and equipment, and that it was an extremely memorable experience for him as well. 

Talking about his own band, he says, “We perform progressive rock without vocals which is quite challenging.” He adds that since there are no vocals in the songs that they play it becomes slightly difficult when it comes to connecting with the audiences. “However we compensate with audio-visuals, which have been received well by the people,” says Joshi and smiles. 

Competitors of last year’s Parx Hunt — Lost Icons, Knight Shades, Yajnyavalkya and Revival — believe that greater exposure can lead to greater awareness of music. More workshops, competitions and live concerts (by popular as well as underground artists) must be organised to engage more and more youngsters and introduce them to the many wonderful styles of music. All the participating bands enthusiastically claim that Parx provided them with a magnificent platform to expand their passion and spread their own messages through music to people.

TO PARTICIPATE IN PARX HUNT
- To participate, bands have to upload their music videos (original/cover) pertaining to any genre, on the Parx Hunt website before August 31, 2018 in order to be considered for the competition. 
- The video should not be more than five minutes long. 
- The jury, comprising renowned musicians from the industry, will then listen to the entries and shortlist the best bands for the Regional Finals.
- One winner from each Regional Final will compete at the National Final in Mumbai.

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