NEEDSHES, an independent alternative rock band from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, founded by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Otabek Salamov (Beck), is a balancing act between the moody atmosphere of The NBHD, with dainty anthems reminiscent of The Killers, a bit of the oddball nature of Jack White and the heartbreaking ballad skillset of Coldplay. With a musically diverse experience in mind, Beck conceptualized the ideology of NEEDSHES in 2011. Stemming from his childhood, he encapsulates his art for composing bluesy story-telling songs with love ballads infused with swagger punk rock and suffocating alt-rock/hip-hop tints. Finalizing the sound Beck was looking for, in 2016 after several line-up changes, he enlisted in Ivan Petukhov (guitar) and Alexey Manakhov (drums) to round out the sound. Together they offer a signature alternative rock foundation with elements of blues, funk, soul, punk and R&B. They stand out with their smooth and powerful vocal arrangements, catchy melodies, often cinematic vibes and uncommonly diverse genre approach.
From childhood, Beck devoted his time and energy in to music. Coming from a musical family, it was no doubt that he would become attracted to playing and performing. At the age of four, he began playing the piano and by ten he was composing melodies for piano. He attended a music academy where he would begin entering and winning national competitions and was awarded the first price for his precision on clarinet at the age of fourteen. As a teen, his musical interests varied and he was drawn to compose, record, and perform metalcore styled music. After several tries within the genre, he decided to dilute the metal sound with several melodic undertones in his music. In the process of creating this transition, he realized that the switch was something that gravitated to his liking. In 2011, he decided to create a melodic indie rock project, plus alluding to the formation of NEEDSHES. At that time, Beck was working as an assistant audio engineer in local studios, so it was no surprise that he quickly adapted to recording and producing his own music. He took the years to perfect his production skills and songwriting while performing as much as he could.
Fast forward to the pinnacle of NEEDSHES, in 2013, when Beck moved to Moscow to form the missing pieces of the band. He gathered a full traditional rock formation around his project with the intent to create true authentic music. His biggest influences stemmed from The Killers, David Bowie, James Brown, Queen, Jack White, Coldplay, U2, a-ha, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Nirvana, to name a few. He continued his practice as a studio engineer, which later inspired him to create his own home studio to flush out the music he was so passionate about.
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