Ajay Shenoy, a 4th semester math and political science major, Vanessa Kafka, an 8th semester operations and information management major, and several other UConn musicians have come together to release a compilation album promoting the local music scene at UConn. Their efforts materialize in "Insense."
Insense is not only the name of the compilation, but also the organization. According to the Insense web site
(www.sp.uconn.edu/~insense) their mission is, "To nurture and support musical artists among the UConn student body through active promotion and the offer of production tools and connections to services. The main thrust of the organization's activities will be:
a. release a compilation album every semester of our clients' best tracks and b. to create a web site that will help centralize local music at UConn."
So far they are doing just that. Shenoy, who is also president of the Insense organization, said he and other UConn musicians came up with the idea.
"We knew we wanted something to help artists," he said. "There is basically no support for us on campus, and no music scene."
According to Shenoy, Insense is designed to get local artists names out there, and this is something he has experience with, he has two songs of his own on the album under the pseudonym Kautilya. Shenoy sings, plays keyboard and also produces all the sound on his songs and the finished product has a style similar to The Killers, yet very unique.
Ben Toscano, a 4th semester ecology and evolutionary biology major, is also featured on the album with his band Nap LaJoy. Toscano saw a poster asking for musicians to submit for the compilation and saw it as an opportunity.
"We just hope to get our music out to a new audience," Toscano said. "Hopefully people will like what they hear and come down to one of our shows."