Crowners – The First Boy Band In Bhutan Plans To Tour All Dzongkhags
Inspired by One Direction and K-Pop, Crowners aims to break into the international music scene.
By Jigme Wangchen | Business Bhutan
Crowners, the first boy band in Bhutan, inspired by international bands such as One Direction and K-Pop is currently on a tour of eastern Bhutan. The concert ticket cost Nu 20-25 each.
Crowners was formed in 2017 with friends getting together to cover their favourite songs. The band consists of four boys and was started by Jigme Tandin Wangchuck.
“We started the band with the help of Yiwong Pindrica Chophel and Tsheten Drukpa who are still our band patrons,” said the band leader.
The band plans to tour all the dzongkhags starting with the east. “We will be performing in the colleges and schools mostly,” said the band leader.
Crowners aims to break into the international arena
The band has planned the tour to gain popularity among the Bhutanese and aims to go international. “Without knowing our own people first, we won’t be able to shine.”
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Jigme Tandin Wangchuk said that the band has fans based in the eastern part of the country. The funding and logistics of the tour are being taken care of by the band patrons.
“We got an offer from the students of Sherubtse College so we will start our concert from Sherubtse College, Jampeling central school and some other schools.”
Jigme Tandin Wangchuk added that such tours are a boon as the band can gain experience and encouragement from the fans which would drive them to work harder.
Purpose of forming Crowners
Unlike other bands in the country, Crowners was formed with the aim of creating a platform for other youth who desire to start something along similar lines and to entertain the public at an elevated level.
“All the members of the band can sing and dance to our own composed songs which is unique compared to other bands.”
A member of the band said that most of the bands and artists in Bhutan face problems such as the lack of avenues to showcase their talents and earning a dismal income, which leads to many bands dissolving in no time.
However, he said that Crowners was lucky as it did not have to face such challenges since the leader of the band was already in the film industry and had good relations with filmmakers.
The band also sustains itself through holding concerts, playing at night clubs and performing in official events.
Bhutan’s traditional music is gradually losing hold
Another member said that today, Bhutan’s traditional music like Zhungdra and Boedra are increasingly losing hold while rappers and rock bands have taken over.
“Bhutanese songs are no longer about flowers and beautiful girls. Today, they express modern problems and people’s hopes and aspirations.
Citing examples of their songs such as Lam Adram (youth inspirational song), Tshogyen (voting song), Semghi sung (rap song), the band has also composed and sang the anthem for the Thimphu football club.
The band leader said that the band aims to build its fan base in Bhutan first and then to break into international shows by representing the country.
“If we do things professionally with passion, everything is possible.”
Additionally, he also said that in order to gain more attention from the audience, the band dresses in both traditional and modern costumes.
“In order to be loved by the youth, we wear what they like and to gain attention from older people and to preserve and promote our culture, we also wear our national dress.”
“But when it comes to stage performances we always go for the national dress,” he said.
Crowners’ plans for the future
After the completion of the first three years, the band plans to come up with a movie based on their true story in order to inspire upcoming bands and artists.
Meanwhile, the band leader said that the band plans to start its own studio to help other aspiring youth.
This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.