"Mumbai-based Zedde is essentially hard rock, something that can be best described as 'Ian Gillan meeting Paul Gilbert." - [Neha Madaan, DNA India - Pune]
“While 2Blue is known for his high-pitched vocal prowess, Claver’s guitar wizardry is a treat to watch.” - [Anand Holla, Mumbai Mirror]
Zedde (pronounced zēd) features 2Blue on vocals (yes, that’s his name), Claver on guitars, Akash* on bass, and Trevor on drums. One gig is all it takes to know that these boys don’t believe in taking prisoners.
With their incendiary riffs, searing vocals, electric drill machine guitar solos, and slamming hard rock grooves, Zedde is not exactly the ‘nice’ band for the fainthearted. This is a band that enjoys the notoriety for ripping every stage that comes their way. College festivals, night clubs, radio stations, TV studios, award functions – they’ve done it all. But behind those hard exteriors, lie four tender souls who believe in miracles, superstitions, love, and kindness as the music video of their first single ‘Mumbai’ will testify.
‘Mumbai’ won the prestigious ‘Anthem of the Year’ title at the world’s largest indie music awards: AVIMA 2010. The video for the song frequented all popular music channels, including VH1 and MTV India, and climbed to #1 on the YouTube India charts within 24 hours of upload. The ‘Best Band’ at ArtistAloud.com Awards 2010 and the regional championship at Hard Rock Rising 2012’s BOTB followed. As part of Hard Rock Rising 2012, Zedde made it to the top 10 from amongst 12,000 bands worldwide.
So it isn’t exaggeration when it’s said that this home-grown band — with its stadium-like sonic grandeur — is the new face of Indian rock. The urge to make original music and the undying passion to perform live is what keeps them going. Catch a gig, lose your body weight, and destroy your hearing! Why that odd name? Well, good question!
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*Note: Akash and Deepu share bass duties for the band.