Vin Sinners are an experiential hard rock and metal band based in the UAE. So here's more to our story...
1994 - It begins...
Vin Nair is a Madras youngster, just about to wrap up college, dating an editor of a local college newspaper and he gets commissioned to write an article on one of the largest bands at the time, Guns n' Roses and he has to choose a pen name. And so is born, Vicky Sinners.
"It kinda felt like a cool name to use for such an article" he said.
Vin had started singing in a church choir at the age of 9 as an escape from annoying study sessions. By 1991, he had started writing music and had compiled quite a bit of original material. The same year, Vin joined hands with Gerard, Gavin, Adrian, Sheridan and Joseph Vijay and put together a band called 'Acanthus' that remained an amateur covers band - nothing would come of that exercise except that an incredibly talented bunch of musicians would go their separate ways, yet as great friends. Joseph Vijay who played lead guitars on Acanthus went on to play with The Raghu Dixit Project in India, while the rest...chose different more prolific career paths. Acanthus was all about 80s and 90s rock and provided an ideal break from the overload of Deep Purple renditions that every other band in India at that time was busy belting out. A dozen shows across some parts of India and the band was history. But something didn't die...
With plenty of written and composed material in a hidden trunk somewhere in his home, would a time come?
2009 - Coming back to life
After almost 13 years of silence, Vin Nair took to writing fresh material in January 2009. By the end of the month, there were more than 35 songs written and enough composed material for a full studio album. On May 25th, 2010, Vin was introduced to Atif Ali, an immensely talented musician who runs a studio called 'The Playback Lounge' in Dubai, UAE.
In a matter of seconds, it was clear that there was something that could come together and the journey to give voice and melody to the heaps of material began.
The project that was initially supposed to be just one song was soon given a band name Vin Sinners.
"Vin Sinners at this point may be an individual but it represents a band ideology and I intend to see that happen" said Vin to Time Out Dubai, back in late 2010.
A full studio album was completed by Christmas Day 2010.
2011 - The coming together of the band
Without a band, there would obviously be no concerts and no fans and so it all began...Vin started to seek out the kind of talent that would be as passionate about the material as he was and the line up started to take shape with Cmythonika (keyboards), Afaq (bass) and Nipin (drums) coming in. Nelson Floyd (guitars) and Kurt (guitars) joined the band and Vin Sinners did their first performance on Nov 5th, 2010.
Nelson Floyd & Nipin left the band soon after citing personal commitments but feature on a few songs on the band's first album. Kurt Rozario, also a Chennai born musician met Vin at their first concert and had joined the band as rhythm guitarist. On October 14th 2011, Vin Sinners announced that Adel Restom would be the new axe-man with the band along with Stanley Joseph and The Skinner (Naveen) from the band Streben joined in as the new drummer and the launch date of the album was immediately announced and set for December 9th, 2011.
Vin Sinners launched their first album at a very successful indoor concert at The Music Room on December 9th, 2011. The album was an independent release and would be a trigger for a lot more to come from the band. Vin Sinners was now a BAND and no more an individual.
2012 - Rising through the underground
Johan Roy joined the band soon after the first album launch on Afaq's exit on 18th February 2012.
On July 16th, 2012, the band launched their album in India through digital distributor - www.artistaloud.com - according to the band, 'under the circumstances, it seemed like the logical thing to do to reach out a larger audience'.
3 songs from the album made it to No.1 on India's www.radioandmusic.com charts' Indie category and the fan base for the band began to grow as the video for the popular 'Return to Solace' was put online.
Ash Hammer from India's 'Blood & Iron' joined Adel on guitars for a few months while Vin Sinners opened for Indus Creed and Motherjane, both legendary bands from India.
Ash Hammer was with Vin Sinners for a brief time before embarking on another large project that has gained momentum in the UAE called 'Ascendant'. Ash, Vin & JRD composed one of the first tracks on the second record called 'Kingdom Come'. In the fall of 2012, Vin Sinners announced that Adel had decided to leave because he was migrating to Canada. The tweet read 'Adel Restom has decided to move on with other commitments and we thank him profusely for his contribution to the band. We promise to give our fans an axe line up that will help develop the future sound of Vin Sinners'.
A week later, Vin Sinners announced that reknowned guitarist Aldo Rock had joined the band. Aldo would go on to play a major role in some of the bigger songs of the band's second record including 'Go For It', 'Don't know why you'd care' and 'Falling Away'. Along with him, a young Filipino 'J.B' joined in to support Aldo Rock.
2013 - No.1 and India Tour
In January 2013, the band did their first major gig that launched 'The Element of Surprise Tour' and followed that up with gigs in India at Mumbai and Chennai. The band comprised of Vin, Cmyth, Skinner, Johan, Aldo & J.B. On their return, Vin Sinners' found themselves at the top of the heap on local UAE reverbnation.com charts.
Aldo Rock left the band after a personal health condition and on August 24, 2013, the band announced that Tabrez Khan a.k.a 'Tazz' would be joining J.B on guitars and that his work would in fact feature on the new record which was well into production at the time.
During the following months, Tazz acquainted himself with the band's sound. Vin Sinners were almost done with the recording of the album which was yet unnamed.
'Hail Ya Sinners Part II' and 'Journey' were created soon after Tazz joined Vin Sinners and remain popular anthems of the band even to date.
"It's quite amazing how I've been welcomed into this family. I was just looking for a gig to have some fun with and what I chanced upon was a band that had a mission in mind and this is just fabulous, diving straight into a band's original material" said Tazz Khan in Oct, 2013.
The 2nd album was launched at a mega event at Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai on April 5, 2014. Through 2014, the band opened for Avial, a hugely popular band from the southern India and for the legendary tribute act The Iron Maidens.
2014 - Shows before the sabbatical
Through 2014, Vin Sinners shared stage with Avial from India and The Iron Maidens from the USA while doing a few other smaller gigs.
In November, 2014, Vin Sinners announced a sabbatical. "We have a lot of our personal shit to sort out and I think it's best we take some time off to focus on those things" said Vin of the sabbatical.
"There's a lot of things we're all going through at this time and we want some time to ourselves to be able to focus on what's important to us that goes beyond just music" said Vin around the time of the announcement on the band's facebook page.
2015 - The Burn...
In April 2015, Vin made a comment about a possible comeback for Vin Sinners and it was no surprise to see Vin Sinners' name on the line up for the Musicians United 1st Anniversary on May 16th, 2015. However, longstanding drummer Naveen 'The Skinner' who had joined the band in 2011 had left the band to focus on his career.
Diablo Don stepped in to perform with the band for the first time. Also making his debut with Vin Sinners, was punk rock guitarist Rashwan Zaza (Zink) who would play alongside Capt. Tazz.
A few weeks later Vin Sinners performed at the charity event called 'Rock for Nepal' where Johan Roy's departure was made official. Johan had decided to focus on his EDM production and DJ career.
In May 2015, Vin Sinners conducted auditions for a bass guitarist. Around this time, one of the bands called 'Discord' that made a debut in February earlier this year had disbanded.
In the weeks that followed it became clearer that the band would focus on its new style of music that was moving closer towards a very interesting collective of influences. On 17th August, 2015, Keith Roche left Vin Sinners to focus on the various other musical projects he had gotten involved with.
In March 2016, Vin decided to bring on board the legendary bassman, DJ Praful out of retirement. Praful, a long standing member of legends Millennium, immediately began working on the new material of the band. Soon, after, Nelson Floyd who was a part of the band in 2010 came up on the grid and in May 2016, both were announced as the new bassist and lead axeman of the band. However, the expected momentum did not kick in and Vin Sinners spent most of 2016 in silence.
Aldo Rock, a former member of the band passed away suddenly in July 2017 and Vin brought together the big forces of the local music scene to pay tribute to this legendary lead guitarist. Vin Sinners performed with an all-new line up of musicians with only Vin from the older lineup. The band performed 2 new tracks that had not featured on any earlier material.
In Jan 2018, Vin Sinners announced that they were indeed working on a new record called 'III'. A record that is their 3rd record and has taken 3 years to make.
We have a good feeling about what's to come...