Profession | Musician
One of the most popular and well known artiste from the Northeast, he became interested in music at the tender of 5 and by the time he turned 12, he began performing his original compositions. He also writes music for films, serials etc. Alobo holds a Licentiate in Music Performance certificate in Contemporary Vocals (LRSL), from Rock School, London, the first from India to pass the exam. Alobo is also the front man of the band, Alobo Naga & The Band (ANTB), an Indian rock outfit from Dimapur formed in 2010. The band rose to fame in 2011 with their video single ‘Painted Dreams’ which premiered in August 2011 at VH1. The popularity of the video also helped the band win the ‘Best Indian Act’ award at MTV Europe Music Awards 2012.
About Music and More
From the very beginning of your career, music lovers have always connected with your songs, what do you think is the reason for that?
It’s a blessing first of all to get so much love and support from my early days. The other thing I believe that stood out was my attitude, I was never scared to experiment and experience new styles. All my songs are very simple with fresh melodies and lyrics that are straight from the heart. I guess this is why I could always connect with the masses.
What are your thoughts on the independent music scenario of the Northeast?
We are still struggling, but things are better than before because of social media, internet and technology. But still, we need more support and appreciation from our people.
What do you think budding musicians of the Northeast need to pursue music professionally?
First of all it’s the 3 D’s – disciple, determination and daring. Secondly you need to be smart, study the market and see what kind of music styles are trending. If you want to be commercial, then work towards that. Initially no one is going to help you, so stop waiting for opportunities, just go out and look for platforms. You are your own promoter initially; make use of social media platforms and the internet. Share and spread your work as much as possible. Lastly, you need to maintain a professional lifestyle from the beginning whether it’s off stage or on stage. Work on your personality, besides that, don’t stop practicing and working. And don’t forget to pray, without God it is impossible to win.
If you can only eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Naga smoked pork and axone with rice, I am sure most of my Northeastern friends will agree with me.
Which is the current favourite song in your playlist?
Pillow Talk by Zayn Mallik
What time do you wake up?
I am an early bird; I wake up usually by 5 – 5:30 am every morning.
Which quality in a person annoys you the most?
I hate liars. I can’t digest lies. I don’t like egoistic people and I hate dirty people
What do you do when you have free time on your hands?
Watch movies, play piano and/or guitar, and sing. I am also very fond of gadgets, I can’t live without them.
As told to Jadeed Hussain