Author Archives: Atul Rana

About Atul Rana

Online maths and Science tutor, co-founder of Indie Tutors, singer of alternative rock band DonkeyBox.

Fiddler’s Elbow Gig – 10 March 2015

This is one of the gigs we would rather not have done in retrospect. Of course it is awesome to do gigs and meet our friends, and for that we are eternally grateful and fortunate. So we truly thank you for being there. From an organisational point of view, and logistics with the promoter we learnt a valuable lesson to not do such gigs ever again.

Fiddlers's Elbow

Fiddler’s Elbow ‘each band must pay £10 to hire an amp’ craziness

With no amps provided by the venue, it was suggested that all the other bands bring their own amplification and share. Normally this works fairly well if the bands can turn up to the venue with their amps and bring them in time for soundcheck. But most amateur musicians have day jobs, and as such carrying heavy amps on public transport in London is difficult. Sometimes some bands do in fact bring their amps despite this problem, and we did bring one amp. The Fiddlers Elbow promoter kept emailing bands to sort out amps between them and also kept the pressure on bands to bring at least 10 people to the gig. And if no amps would be bought we have to pay for them. Disgruntled at this, the headline band pulled out on the night, leaving 3 bands to play…and no amplification equipment available. The back-up plan was to “hire” the venue amps at £10 per amp per band. We hired two amps and singer Atul bought his amp, that was shared by the first band as well. The show went on, and we blasted out our set for our first gig of 2015. The set played on the night was:

The set played on the night was:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Euphoria
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • The Score
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The Miller Gig – 28 August 2014

While we struggled most of the year without a bass player, we had already lined up a gig long beforehand. It was the return of the family of Imperial bands, and the return of the big charity gig night. This one was organised at The Miller for children’s charity Evelina, and the theme of the night was Evelina rocks.

Aaron who played lead guitar for us from 2004-2006 offered to play bass for us, and we took this up. This unusually meant that for the first time in its history, all 4 members of DonkeyBox were now all alumni of Imperial College. The energy in the rehearsals was phenomenal, and preparing for the gig was a breeze. Aaron already knew many of the songs having played them on guitar, all he had to do was to relearn them on bass. There were new songs of course, but that didn’t take long to learn. The night was packed and a total hit. We were joined by Splink, Ember Daze and Between the Days. The final band is the one in which Matt and Greg also play. Not only that but we were once again joined by Martin on bass as guest bass player. 2014 was his guest bass year.

The set played on the night was:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • Society Made Me
  • The Moment
  • Euphoria
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • The Score

Many thanks to all those who came down on the night, and making the night such a success, especially Aaron and Martin who played bass for us on stage.


The Comedy Gig – 15 April 2014

This was our first gig of the year. In the background we were frought were turmoil and trouble on the bass player front. We had found a bass player in February, who had only recently moved from Italy to London to follow his rock ‘n roll dream. It turned out that he had no job and wanted money from making gigs, which sadly we were not able to offer him either of. Last minute we had to let go of him. We had already booked this gig and were now in trouble as we had no bass player to play for us. Luckily, ex bass player Graham who had played the last gig stepped in and saved the day!

The set played on the night was:

  • Hypnotised
  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Crap Day
  • Euphoria
  • The Score

Many thanks to all those who came down on the night, including ex bass player Martin.


The Comedy Gig – 23 September 2013

This gig was the debut performance of our new man on bass, Graham. Graham is a bass player and the last time we did a gig with an actual bass player was in December 2010. We had been rehearsing our core set with Graham and this gig was an awesome opportunity to introduce him to our world and friends.

The night was quite empty, but we had a total blast and played with masses of energy with our new bass player and played like we were playing to 500 people! We always make it more than worthwhile for those who turn up to our gigs…. you ROCK!

We were asked to play our signature song Crap Day once again at the end of our set. The full set list on the night was

  1. Hynotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. The Moment
  5. Crap Day
  6. Pointless
  7. Terminator 3 theme
  8. The Score

The Comedy Gig – 9 July 2013

There were a whole load of really cool things going on at this gig. We launched a brand new song “Euphoria” , we gave a video interview for a blog called The Ordinary Dork and we had some photos taken of us live.

DonkeyBox band interview.

DonkeyBox interview for The Ordinary Dork blog.

Despite there being six acts on the night and us going on fifth on stage we managed to squeeze in 7 of our tunes. The set played on the night was.

  1. Crazy
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Hypnotised
  4. Crap Day
  5. Euphoria
  6. Monument to All Your Sins
  7. The Score

Thanks to Mark from Wheel Tappers Music for putting the night on, Tom for filming us and of course all of you who were there who made the night happen and were there to support us there. You rock!


The Comedy Gig – 20 April 2013

Drummer Greg’s father lives in Indonesia and has never seen Greg play live before. On this weekend he was going to be in London and Greg wondered if we should do a gig on this date. And so we decided that indeed this is when we were going to play live!

Lady luck was on our side this time, a lot. We got an extra special and long soundcheck during which we were able to hone our stage sound and technique to perfection. There were only 3 bands playing on the night, which meant we got to play for an hour. Yes, a whole hour! During which we were able to play our longest set since the Luna Lounge Gig. The set played on the night was

  1. Hypnotised
  2. Just Walk Away
  3. Out of Power
  4. Monument to All Your Sins
  5. Crap Day
  6. The Moment
  7. Crazy
  8. Deep Blue Sea
  9. Pointless
  10. The Score

Camera/Film Person Wanted to Make Videos

Do you like rock music? And filming live music?

We are looking for a student director/producer. You can use your creative ideas to come up with interviews, documentaries and film our live gigs too. Video is a very important medium for bands and it is now possible to shoot really crisp and professional looking videos with SLR cameras. You can build up a great portfolio and explore your ideas with each one of the band members who has a unique outlook and experience.

We can’t pay you as we don’t make any money ourselves but we are happy to cover any travel or other expenses you might have. This is a great opportunity to get started with the music and media business.

We are based in London and rehearse in London Bridge and have a residency venue in Leicester Square area where we gig once a month. We are also working on a studio audio recording so there is going to be lots of really cool video opportunities for you!

Check our website out and if interested email me on atul(dot)rana(at)gmail(dot)com


Tower Tavern Gig – 2 March 2013

After over a year we were back at the venue below the famous BT Tower. We had a bigger stage this time and had some awesome curry beforehand, and we were ready to rock!

We experimented by opening with our song Crazy as first song. As there were 6 acts scheduled to play in the evening we had a very short and sharp set.

The setlist played on the night was:

  1. Crazy
  2. Hypnotised
  3. Just Walk Away
  4. Out of Power
  5. Crap Day
  6. Monument to All Your Sins

Imperial College Radio Show – 25 February 2013

You don’t need to turn up to any gig anywhere. Just login online from home while in your bed/cooking dinner whatever and you will hear us loud and clear.

Radio Show Replay – Click to Play

It was our first ever radio show and how exciting it was!! We some songs and gave out a bunch of small interviews as well. And we had some of our favourite artists playing on the radio, ranging from The Killers, to Metallica and Lady Ga Ga.

Enjoy the show and hopefully we will be doing a few more radio shows in the future 🙂


Bass Player Wanted Urgently!

We’re recruiting a new bass player for DonkeyBox.

We are a well balanced band and bass plays a big part in our sound with one of our songs that is built entirely around a single bassline. All our music is original and our influences include Green Day, Chili Peppers, The Killers, Metallica etc.,

  • We’re looking for a bass player with some previous gigging experience. We rehearse every week and gig once a month.
  • If you can do backing vocals that would be a bonus, not essential but it would help.
  • We’ll get you on the gigging scene, you’ll contribute to songwriting, you’ll appear in photoshoots, videos and of course live on stage.

Interested? Check out the DonkeyBox website to see and hear us on the cyber world. If you like us email Atul on atul.rana@gmail.com and look forward to meeting you.