The second day of Nexus began with the Western Vocals Group competition organised by Crescendo, SVC’s Western Music Society in the Audi Lobby right before noon. The competition was judged by the former president of Crescendo, Mr. Ritwik De, along with internal judges Rupleena Bose and Neeraj Sahay. The event saw participation of 10 teams. Genres used varied from rock, pop to retro. The first team to perform was Gargi College. Shubham, a participant from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, appreciated the environment at Nexus 2015. “The arrangements are conforming to my expectations. I’m almost acquainted to everyone here,” she said. The judges gave a special mention to Sri Aurobindo College’s band which was considered to be the underdog. The group from Lady Sri Ram College was adjudged winner while Jesus and Mary College’s and the home college’s teams were lauded with the second prize. Sparsh Bajpai from the winning team said, “We just came to have fun, but winning is a cherry on top of it.”
The next event that kept all the crowd at bay was the Battle of the Bands competition that saw cross-college bands perform under the cloudy afternoon sky at the main stage. The competition saw participation from 6 bands who were given 18 minutes each. The bands had to mandatory start with a Nescafe jingle. The judge for the event was Suyash Gabriel who is a drummer for the popular alternative rock band, Barefaced Liar.
The first band to set their foot on stage was Kazaryth, which played post rock songs. Their Nescafe jingle was also a post rock composition. The next band on stage was Alanwesha, which played its fusion rock original composition. They were followed by Paperboat who were a 6 member band comprising two guitarists, one beat boxer, one keyboardist and two singers. Speaking to DU Beat, Rahul, Paperboat’s lead singer, said, “We started a few months back and formed a band by accident when our drummer and bassist ditched us at a competition outside Delhi. We met our beat boxer, who is primarily a dancer, at the competition. We ended up winning the competition.” Their influences include John Mayer and Ed Sheeran.
The next band was a band from SSCBS named Inside Out. They played a slow track and kept the crowd engaged.They were followed by Hansraj Project who went on to win the competition. They performed two originals and the jingle in their fusion-rock style of music. The final band to perform was Rangrez, who came second after they performed their original as well as an A.R Rahman mashup.