Now, a reality rock competition on television in Mizoram
Scavenger Management announces Rock Idol 2013
The Scavenger Rock Idol is back. And it is much bigger than its previous editions. For the first time in the history of Northeast India, a live rock music competition for independent artists is taking place on local television in the second edition of this rock competition in far-flung Mizoram. Well, I guess it will indeed be nice to see your favourite bands competing amongst themselves right from the comfort of your house sitting in front of your television sets!
MPC Scavenger Rock Idol 2013, as the event is christened, is the property of Scavenger Management and the brainchild of two highly proactive musicians – Victor Vanlalhruia and Booma Hansing. Dubbed as the first “national rock competition” of Mizoram, the entire music fraternity of the State has been supporting and participating to make it a mega success.
Like other States of the Northeast, the people of Mizoram too swear by music. The State is home to bands like Boomarang and Scavenger Project and musicians like Mami Varte, Liadingpuii, Pensy B, and the like who are increasingly carving a niche for themselves in the international circuit. But although highly vibrant, the music market here is yet to develop at the same pace as those of the other States, primarily because of the lack of government support. Event management companies are a non-entity and Victor runs the only group that manages artists or bands. Scavenger Rock Idol 2012, therefore, was truly a landmark event, which Victor hopes, would force the government to take musicians of the region a bit more seriously.
Being there in Mizoram to be part of the festival last year, I was indeed pleased with the tenacity displayed by these musicians to hold the Scavenger Rock Idol competition. As many as 21 bands from different parts of the country came out to participate in the competition last year, which offered a prize bouquet of Rs 1,00,000 in cash for the winners. Held over three days, the bands battled it out amongst themselves to remain in the race. At the end of it all, Stacy’s Penitence were adjudged the winners while Prophets and Prophecy came a close second and third. Guwahati-based Digital Suicide finished in the fourth position.
With the passage of a year, Scavenger Management is all set now for the second edition of the festival. And this year, the entire event will be a live rock competition that will be aired on local cable channel LBS. Victor says, “MPC Scavenger Rock Idol III, will be held in Aizawl during 2nd – 17th August. It will be a TV LIVE SHOW during 7:30- 9:30pm every night except Sunday. In this event, the winner will get 1.2 Lakh cash price and Rs.50000/- for the runners-up band. This event will be telecast live on our Biggest TV Cable operator LPS Vision which has more than 8 lakh Subscribers.”
Housed with a skilled and experience team, Scavenger Management is a convergent model that assimilates and caters to the niche of all live music aficionados – artiste management, event planning, multi media-production and booking agency. Victor said, “Scavenger Management had established a reputation as a vibrant and creative company which not only knew how to create an unforgettable experience, but how to get the most from their clients budgets to offer a whole new range of services related to live music production.”
Besides promoting music, Scavenger Management has always tried to be innovative in their practices. For instance, last year they introduced a new concept which was definitely a first in the region. The organizers had tied up with LPS, one of the biggest cable networks in the State, and also online radio station www.radioflambit.com, banking on the association of which they introduced the concept of online voting. The entire show was streamed live by these two channels and listeners of nine countries were able to vote for the participating bands. The online votes acted as the fourth judge in the competition. While I wouldn’t dwell on the effectiveness of the concept in a region where there is a very limited audience for such a radio, it is really nice to see organizers here experimenting with new innovative methods. And this year, they are going online as a live reality rock completion. Can it get better than this?