How would you define The Morse Code?
It is never easy answering this question. The Morse Code is a group of people who met for the specific purpose of creating music — music that we didn't know existed or that we were capable of creating. We had different ideas as individuals but as a band our ideas became one. We have an amazing bond between us. As a matter of fact, we are better friends than band mates.
How did you guys meet?
The Morse Code started as the Thursday Night Band — a group Saadi and Topu were trying to compile to play an unplugged show one Thursday night two years back. Mashrur was called in to play bass; a dear friend of the band suggested Aqib as a drummer to Topu. We talked online and met for a jam a few days later for the show. What's ironic is that show never took place but we ended up being something permanent.
Tell us about your upcoming album.
We have been creating songs almost from the moment we met. We fall in love with everything we create and we wanted to share that feeling with the world. We decided to launch an album almost a year back but never settled on the number of songs to be released. We started with the plan to release six songs in the album but somehow the upcoming album is to have nine songs. The album was a surprise to even us. Each of our songs is completely different from the other and therefore unique in some way. We are done with the album production and have already released a single from the album called “Lipstick” this November. Our album is to be titled “Running in Circles” after one of our songs. We launch on the 23rd of December at Russian Cultural Center, Dhanmondi.
Who are your inspirations in music?
We all have varying influences as individuals. Saadi is into a lot of modern and funk music and so is Mashrur. Topu and Aqib are more into progressive music than anything else. As a band, we are mostly influenced by a combination of funk and progressive genres which we tried to incorporate into our own music as well. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Porcupine Tree and David Bowie are on the top of our list of influences.
Where would you like to see yourselves in 10 years?
What we aim to do in 10 years has to do more with the purposes of this band than the expectations from the album. The purpose is to make music because this is what we love doing and are good at. The trick is to keep going and continue creating good music at a consistent pace regardless of outcome. Although we dream big, we are taking it one step at a time. It has been our goal from day one to enter the international music scene. The launch of the album is only the first step towards a long term plan. In 10 years of time, we would probably want to be on an international stage, playing music in the big leagues. We want to turn our dream of playing music with our favorites into reality.
Sadi Mohammad Shahnewaz