Rohan Solomon is a Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Vocal Coach and Audio Engineer, all rolled into one. Well-known in the Indian indie circles as the vocalist of Delhi-based Alt-Rock outfit Cyanide, Rohan starting exhibiting his musical abilities at a rather early age. In the era of Channel V Launchpad and the Great Indian Rock Concerts, Cyanide was successful in making its presence felt in significant Indie Rock events of the country, in a short span of time. Rohan moved to New York a few years ago, where he met his soon to be new bandmates - By Chance and the trio of business partners, decided to name themselves after their fortuitous coming together for the love of music. During his time in New York, Rohan was part of a Grammy-Award winning track called Bubblin by Anderson Paak, as an assistant engineer. By Chance released its debut single titled Blue Sky earlier in 2019 followed by another single called Hard to Breathe. We connected with the artist to know more about his new venture.
I was always fascinated with music even before I became a musician. I grew up listening to Jackson 5, Michael Jackson & The Beatles LP records and would just never get bored. It became kind of an obsession. My family will tell you the hell I put them through with my obsession with the song “Lakadi ki Kathi” from the movie “Masoom”. At the age of 10, I started singing with my mom every morning as she did her Indian Classical “Riyaaz”. 2 years later, my cousins taught me the basics of piano and guitar and I just instantly starting writing songs. Never really thought about it too much. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. I had grown up listening to other people’s stories via their music. It just felt like I needed to tell my story as well.
By Chance was not planned at all. Hence the name. All 3 of us were working in one of the biggest studios in New York City called “Engine Room Audio” under the mentorship of Multi Grammy Winner “Mark Christensen”. Jeet and Cheilean were there before me, so they had already developed a friendship and a bond. But as I got there, I started to stay back after hours and help them with production stuff and learn from the process. They had both heard of Cyanide and that formed a mutual respect right from Day 1. Over the months, we became best friends and later Jeet became my room mate as well. One thing lead to another, we wrote a song called “Time” (which is the final chapter of the trio of songs we are releasing) and that gave birth to “By Chance”. I presented them with “Blue Sky” and “Hard to Breathe” (which I had written a few years ago) and they loved it and we decided to record them. And now here we are doing these interviews about this band and this song. It’s nuts because none of it was planned. It just snow balled into a great idea and concept. So, thank you for helping us spread our message and tell our story.
Lastly, what are you working on next?