March 17, 2014
The Babyboomers are the first western style rock band in Bhutan who found their inspiration from The Beatles. This Beatles cover song is a tribute to their hero's to commemorate 50 years after the original fab four broke onto the scene in America on the historical Ed Sullivan Show.
The band first came together three years ago when Dawa Drakpa (lead guitar and vocals) played the song "Can't Buy Me Love" for his friend Ugay and proclaimed that it was his own creation. Luckily Ugay Tsheri (vocals) didn't believe him but he was inspired by the music to start a band with Dawa and Dawa's brother Dorji Wangchuck . Dawa and Ugay were students at The Royal Thimphu College and Dorji was still in high school when they decided to audition for "The Music Spotlight" on BBS2, the Television program that gives new bands a "spotlight."
They were chosen for the show and officially launched their music career. Shortly after the BBS show premiered they entered and won a music competition and met one of the judges, Kinley Wangchuk, the owner of Mojo Park and Radio Valley. Kinley Wangchuk was impressed by the three boys and invited them to play at Mojo Park, one of the only live music venues in Thimphu. There the three met Sajan Sherpa (drummer ) and Tashi Namgel (bass and rhythm guitar) and the band was complete.
The boys played non-stop at any and all venues that requested them, including the Taj Hotel on New Years Eve 2013. Their intention was to have fun and spread good vibes and that is exactly what they do. Some have said that, "watching the babyboomers is GNH in action." In November of 2014 they partnered with Aine Carey, and Mstudio to record their first studio single and music video for the song that started it all. The video was finished in February 2014, exactly 50 years after the Beatle's legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America.
In a tribute of gratitude to their musical heroes, The Beatles, their Majesties and their first mentors in Bhutan, The band chose to do a Beatles cover song in their own unique style. The song premiered on Kinley Wangchuks' show on Radio Valley on March 14, 2014 and the music video will premier on March 24 on BBS2, Music Spotlight, where it all began for them. There will be a benefit at Mojo Park for their friends and fans to watch the premier of the video on Music Spotlight and hear the band play live.
It is the boys dream to have a well equipped rehearsal space where they can practice and create original music in a nurturing creative environment. We are currently seeking a patron or patrons for the band who are interested in supporting the boys to become the first professional musicians in Bhutan.
Proceeds from the benefit will go towards the production of their first album, "Born to Late," a project in collaboration with Aine Carey, Get Karma Productions, and MStudio.
Beatles Cover Song
Performed by: The Babyboomers
Directed by: Aine Carey
Produced by: Get Karma Productions
Music Director: MStudio
DOP: Jigme Tenzing
Editor: Karen Kourtesis, Beast Editorial
Colorist: Gene Curley, Nice Shoes