The centre of all attraction
Cynosure… An interesting name for an interesting
group of people? To say these six ‘young adults’ are
energetic would be somewhat of an understatement. They are so full
of life, love, what they do and by the looks of it, they are having
Two weeks ago, I had the fortune of meeting up
with them to hear a little more about their band, about what they
wanted to do and also listen to their original which is set to be
After a quick round of introductions, we settled
down to hear about this band that people are suddenly starting to
notice. None of them were comfortable speaking about themselves,
instead they opted to speak about each other with the person in
question being allowed to join in here and there. So with all that
sorted, we went back to when they first started, which was just
last year at TNL Onstage, their first performance.
“We actually get together two weeks before
the show,” says Shazri Junaid, the lead vocalist of the group.
He continues, “We all met in school (St. Peter’s College),
where we used to play in different bands.”
Speaking about Shazri, ‘jovial,’ ‘optimistic’
and ‘always punctual’ are some of the words his band
members use to describe him. Influenced by the music of Gavin DeGraw
and Cold Play, his band members point out with a laugh that he even
went and bought himself a cap to look like Gavin DeGraw. A person
who lived and continues to live on his music, “especially
when I am in a bad mood,” he says that music was something
that always managed to cheer him up, clearly showing his love for
it. He is known to bug one of his fellow band members to death,
and apparently has quite a fan base (and we know this is true without
a doubt, because at this point he is definitely turning red).
At present Shazri just wants to try out new stuff,
and do crazy things that he may never get to do much later in life.
But looking at the future, in the case of the band, he hopes that
they will soon release an album. “I am also interested in
getting into the Human Resource Management field as well,”
Speaking a little about TNL Onstage, “We
first took part in it to get more exposure, but we never thought
we would actually make it to the finals,” says Peter Vitachi,
their rhythm guitarist. He adds that their main aim was to get to
the first round, but evidently they were good enough to get far,
and they sure were surprised. Now seems like a good time to get
to know a bit about Peter… what say you?
Peter is apparently the kind of guy you can take
home to your mum. He loves to give advice, “but I never keep
to it,” he quips. More into punk and slow rock, he says that
the music he listens to is the stuff he can play along to.
Hopes for the future? In terms of the band, Peter
says that eighty percent of what he wants had been achieved, “but
I like to see us doing a little more variety in music, in the future.
As for his career, he says that he wants to get into marketing.
“Oh yes, I also really like sports,” he adds.
Another band member very much into sports is bass
guitarist Ahmad Nuski, who is also the youngest in the band. He
is someone who started out being very much into heavy metal, once
he joined the band, he went through a change. Apparently he loves
chatting online and is known for never knowing what song they have
to play. As the others put it, for some very odd reason, he is the
one who is attracting all the girls.
Finally getting his chance to get in a few words,
Ahmad adds, “Being a part of the band has been so much fun.”
Speaking about himself, he says he is still schooling and is studying
in the mathematics stream, “I want to get into the National
University of Singapore for my degree.”
Yet another member who went through the change
from heavy metal to alternate and punk… and as the others
put it, become a man, is Shivane Wickramasekara. The lead guitarist
for the band, the others claim he loves to sleep… a lot. He
loves music and draws in influences from the likes of Jason Mraz
and Fall Out Boy. Known to be the rebel of the band, another thing
which the others claim is that Shivane loves jumping around the
stage to which he quips looking very disappointed, “I can’t
do that anymore, because of Shazry.”
“Personally he is one of the best guitarists
I have met and a really good friend,” says Peter, adding that
he is also a back up singer, but given the chance he can sing better.
Looking at what he wants next in terms of the band, “definitely
an album and possibly a video,” Shivane says, adding that
what he wants more than anything is to see the same band members
go along with no one dropping out.
Speaking about himself, Shivane adds that he loves
piercings (that I don’t doubt), and adds laughing “and
I want to play drums,” while looking at their drummer Ruvin
Ruvin, who is hoping to do a degree in multimedia
and loves listening to the likes of Norah Jones and Yellow Card,
is mostly into punk music. Having learned to play the drums on his
own, the others admit him to be a very good drummer. Interestingly,
others claim that he likes to think that he is at times Spiderman…
and you are never bored when he is around.
So his plans for the future?
“I really hope we get to do a video,” Ruvin says, explaining
that it would be the first time an alternate band has done one.
Interestingly enough he really wants to act. So at this point I
thought he wanted to act in Sri Lankan theatre, but I am way off
course – at least in terms of the location. He wants to be
a star in Hollywood… yes, you read it right. He seems quite
serious about it, “I was actually going to make a movie, but
that never really worked out.” He also confesses to having
written to Universal Studios, giving up the dream only, because
he couldn’t afford it… maybe someday.
While all this chaos is going around, there is
one member, who is very quiet throughout the interview. Shamal Gunewardena,
who plays the key board, loves Bob Marley along with U2 and Cold
Play. He is the more classical person in the band, and is apparently
the more talented of all of them. The others see him as more of
a shy person, who likes to act dumb, and would do anything to stay
in the band (apparently switch from bass to key boards, even though
he hates it.)
Speaking of what he hopes the band would achieve
in the future, Shamal says that the video will be a really good
thing for them, “and we get to be on TV,” he adds with
Well, now that we have met all the band members
of the group, let’s move on to their original, which is set
to be released soon. Titled “On A Road”, the song talks
about the choices you have to make, with regards to what you want
to do with life. “We wrote this straight after our A/levels,
when we really didn’t know what we wanted to do individually,”
says Peter, while Ruvin adds that this was a time when so many people
had opinions on what they should do. “But we wanted to do
what we liked, and what we thought was best for us.”
Well the lyrics say it all, “take a pick,
take a look around. Wanna live my life the way I want…”
Cynosure… a very unique name. They say that
Cynosure means the centre of attraction, and when they first started
they use to go, “Oh I am the cynosure in the band.”
So when it came to choosing a name for the band, they figured why
not, because after all they do want to make a mark in the music
The band plays mainly punk, slow rock and alternative,
and claims to be a very talented band. They joke about it, saying
that they can all sing, except Peter. They all come from different
backgrounds, and their original track clearly shows this. But they
have a certain chemistry with each other, which put together, makes
these very different six people very good.
You know what? Cynosure just might be one of those
bands you should watch out for. Because if they stick to what they
believe in, they will go far.