TÊTE-À-TÊTE WITH MANIPURI ROCK BAND SOLACE HER
Northeast Today|June 2021
In conversation with Parthona Phukan, Manipuri rock band Solace Her speaks at length about their beginning and the journey so far
Parthona Phukan

Story Behind Solace Her

Solace Her was formed in early 2017 with Rohan Thounaojam as the vocalist, Roger Achom and Dipu Loitongbam as guitarists. Earlier, it was called Rohan and The Band. Under that name, we won the Manfete Rock Competition (unplugged) 2017. While in search of a bassist, Dipu and a good friend of ours Ton Wang met Rozer Haobam in a bar through mutual friends. That year, Rozer joined as a bassist. A mutual friend of the band Johnson Hijam also joined as a Cajon percussionist and performed together for the first time under the name Solace Her at an acoustic gig with the band Cajon Diaries.

Later that year, Rozer contacted his schoolmate Edwin Haorokcham to join the group as a drummer.

Altogether, we adopted the current band name Solace Her and released our first single Tamna Tamna in 2019.

In mid-2021, we approached our old friend Shrikant Chingangbam to join the band as a guitarist.

Solace Her’s current line-up comprises Rohan Thounaojam, Roger Achom, Rozer Haobam, Shrikant Chingangbam and Edwin Haorokcham.

Uniqueness Of Solace Her

Although it’s for the audience to decide, we prefer to keep our priorities in quality rather than quantity and promise to keep our music as raw as possible.

Members' Contribution

Rohan Thounaojam writes most of the lyrics and drafts the early chords for most of our songs. All the guitar leads, intros and sweet melodies you hear in each song is Roger Achom's work. As a dedicated bassist, Rozer Haobam manages to keep everything organised. We could have starved to death if he was not around during our jams and making music videos as well. He is the master chef of the group.

Our new member Shrikant Chingangbam has been a helping hand even before he joined the band. Shrikant’s room is our second base for a quick jam session. He also has a special appearance in the Tamna Tamna music video.

Edwin directs, shoots and edits the music videos. He also mixes and masters the songs of the band.

Our manager Niranjoy Luwangcha is the king and army in almost everything we have achieved so far.

80% of our music videos were shot in his house and compound. We are also a member of Uchek Society. A video/audio production group in Imphal.

Ideas Behind The Music Video

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