Written by: Prajita Shrestha
Asis Rai and Rupesh Rai were two of the band members of Chowk, a now-defunct band. When the drummer and guitarist left the band due to time constraints, Asis and Rupesh had just two options: either give up on music or continue their passion for music. They chose the latter.
With an extreme zeal for music and expression, the duo started jamming and recording at their home before finally deciding to produce songs under the YouTube channel Ps.No.Bs. Till date, the duo has released eight songs, which includes, ‘Paara Ko Manche’, ‘Aftyaro’, ‘Khoji’, ‘KTM Streets’, ‘Perfume’, ‘Be With You’, ‘Free’, and ‘Paper Aeroplane’.
“We are UK-based independent music producers, producing multi-genre and bilingual songs from our home studio since 2016,” says Asis, the guitarist and vocalist, as he introduces Ps.No.Bs, the acronym for Plus No Bullshit. Stressing on ‘multi-genre’, he clarifies, “All of our songs come in different genres of music, including pop-jazz, folk, acoustic, and psychedelic-rock.”
No matter what genre they choose, the duo describes how their core purpose will always be to convert their thoughts into beautiful art: music. For both of the band members, music has always been a true friend as they’ve ventured through their pseudo phase to discover each of their real identities.
“As an introvert, I express my head through music; I express how much I miss Kathmandu and how much of a cultural shock the migration to the UK has brought,” says Asis.
Bringing the correct expression of their feelings in their songs wasn’t the only problem the duo faced. The duo had to make their way to a large audition but the goal hasn’t been achieved to the fullest yet. However, their songs have definite listeners, especially people living abroad. By reading comments on few of their songs on YouTube, the duo inferred that people actually connected with the lyrics of their songs. To exemplify, Asis refers to the song ‘KTM Streets-PsNoBs’, which they believe has touched the Nepalese people living abroad. “Maybe they saw their stories in the song,” says Asis.
The other challenge the duo face is ‘time management’. Just like in the past when the duo were parts of the previous band that detonated due to extreme difficulty in scheduling time for band’s sessions, time management has still remained to be a factor that makes the duo apprehensive. “We both have jobs. Being a full-time musician is extremely difficult here. A single song takes about three weeks to a few months to be ready for release. It’s a challenge in itself to manage time to write and record music on a consistent basis,” explains the bassist Rupesh.
Despite all these challenges, the duo is still whole-heartedly passionate about their music. They continue to draw a lot of inspirations from several artists. Each of them has different taste in music but they sort of put all those different inspirations together and see what comes out of them. The duo’s two of the best idols are Snarky Puppy and John Mayer, and they can’t help themselves but be impressed by the way these two international musicians adapt themselves to new musicians whom they work with.
Along with these major inspirations, small achievements also never fail to excite the duo. “We were pleased to have two of the songs mixed by a US-based Nepali singer and songwriter Diwas Gurung,” says Asis.
Asis explains, “The plan is to collaborate with other amazing musicians. We might also do a concert, featuring a vocalist in our tracks or by providing our music tracks to like-minded musicians.”
In the world where music is taken as a medium to make business, Ps.No.Bs sets itself apart by caring less about financial returns and people’s perceptions towards them, and by cherishing the opportunity to speak their mind and promote originality through their music.
“We want to express ourselves through different outlets of musical genre.”