The Band

Our History

Enam had seen Tony and Sharif perform live on separate occasions and felt that their musical chemistry would be great. So, he invited both for a jam at his house around Spring of 2016 and indeed, Tony and Sharif had a lot in common. Seeing the success of the initial jam, Enam invited both back for a few more. But then a need arose for a vocalist. Enam had met Rafi through his brother-in-law around Summer of 2015, who mentioned in passing that Rafi sang. Not knowing the type of music he was into, Enam decided to take a chance and invite Rafi to one of the jams. The rest as they say- was history. The quartet initially started as a project to create one original song because their thinking was that not too many US-based Bangla bands focused on creating originals. One song became two, then three. Eventually, Enam, Tony, Sharif and Rafi began their journey as “Kronedge” on August 1, 2016. Fast forward to Summer of 2017. After releasing two singles “Shopnochari” and “Kolpojatra”, Kronedge was getting ready for live shows and again, there was a need. But this time for a bassist. Sharif had spotted Amit once at a show and Tony was tasked with contacting and inviting him to a jam in Enam’s basement. Amit showed up with a bass amp the size of a carryon suitcase and custom tones for each song they were to practice. He had also listened to and practiced both Kronedge originals, which seriously impressed the band. The quintet continued to practice throughout 2017. Amit was asked to officially join Kronedge beginning of 2018, which he accepted- completing Kronedge’s current lineup.

TONY

Guitars

Tony started his music lessons in the 2nd grade and picked up the guitar in 8th grade. His first guitar mentor was the late Niloy Da; he later took lessons from Balam bhai. Tony's first band in Dhaka was Koprophillia, where he played from 1997 to 2002. Inspired by the likes of John Petrucci, Adrian Smith, Ritchie Blackmore, Mark Knopfler, Marty Friedman and others, his passion for playing guitar is still running strong. Besides Kronedge, he is engaged in a Bengali cover band, Jotil, in the greater Washington, D.C. area. At present, he plays an Ibanez S570, or if the mood strikes, an Ernie Ball Music Man JP15 aided by his favorite Marshall tube amp.

SHARIF

Guitars & Synth

Sharif took his first lessons from Roket, the legendary guitarist of Azam Khan during SSC break. His early musical ventures were limited to friends and students from college and university. His BUET band 'Scarfs' made some name, as he collaborated with several skilled musicians of the 90's. In US he kept music indoors until he joined 'Aricha Ghat' in 2013 as a bassist. He later published an album with a fellow musician under the name 'Old School Shop' and emerged as a local musician, sound engineer, and producer. Besides Kronedge, he collaborated with many local and international artists. He was deeply influenced by neo-classical and blues styles through artists such as Y J Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Ritchie Blackmore and Mark Knopfler. Sharif uses Ibanez RG series, Jackson and Fender Strat. For amps and processors, he exclusively sticks to Line6.

AMIT

Bass

Amit Muntasir started playing guitar in 1998 when he wanted to become a musician in Bangladesh. He worked with a lot of projects and bands in Bangladesh Underground music scene until he came to join Icons as a bassist and released an album and 3 singles with them in Bangladesh and performed in numerous shows nationwide. In 2011 he had to move to Washington DC for his desk job but continued his journey as a musician by performing with several local bands from the Washington DC metro area. He got invited by Kronedge to jam and perform for an upcoming show. After a couple of jam sessions and fun filled hangouts, it felt natural that Amit becomes part of Kronedge family and continue his thrilling musical journey.

ENAM

Drums

Enam used to learn the Tablas as a child. He switched to drums around 1995. His early inspiration was Fanty of Feellings (now Nagar Baul). Nowadays he admires drumming of Carter Beauford, Tayler Hawkins, Lars Ulrich, Tipu, Mahbub Rashid, and many others Enam tries to keep an open mind and listen to all types of music without judgment. He currently uses a Yamaha 6-piece Custom Oak kit with Zildjian, Sabian and Meinl cymbals, and a Roland TD-25 KV kit.

For our debut album, first and foremost, we want to thank our families. Especially ‘Kronbibis’, without whom we couldn’t/wouldn’t be here. Second, our friends and fans. You have supported us since our first single in 2017. You flew out of state to see our shows. Shared our music. This album is for you. Last but not least, we would like to specifically thank these individuals, who went out of their way to help us throughout the process. We will forever remember and cherish your support and generosity.

Abrar Hoque, Agniv Sengupta, AGS Production, Amit Saha, Andrew Biraj, Anila Chowdhury, Arafat Kazi, Armeen Musa, Atanu Khan, Aushi Omar, Bassbaba Sumon, Dave Chaletzky, Dewan Anamul Hasan (Raju), Fuad Al-Muqtadir, George Lincoln D’Costa, Ghashphoring Choir, Ishfaque Hossain, Johan Alamgir, Kimberly Shires, Kurt Hagemann, Luthful Plabon, Mahin Sujan, Nasif Farhan, Octave band, Rabiul Islam Shishir, Rousseau Mannan, Sakib Chowdhury, Sakib Murshed Rafi, Shatadru Ahmed, Shadman Sakib, Syed Aftab Hoq (Surjo), Sabbir Hossain Turjo, Tahmid Hossain All bands and musicians in Washington DC metro area, including Jotil, Aricha Ghat, Shadow Dreams, Bibagi, Bidroho, Infusion, Chorabali, Project X.