‘Friday Night Originals’ or ‘FNO’, a venture of A432 Productions, is a Non-Profit Organisation that works for the upliftment of Original and Independent music and its practices. It is a platform for musicians/songwriters/bands to showcase and promote their original compositions, which are recorded, shot and produced by the FNO team and are aired to a global audience through their YouTube channel, “Friday Night Originals”, since March 2016.
The main programme of ‘Friday Night Originals’ is produced in terms of Seasons, which are divided into 16 episodes. Presently, FNO is broadcasting its 4th Season and has got a huge response, not only from the musical community of Kolkata, but also has been recognised nationally and internationally.
FNO has already produced 56 episodes, over three 16-episode Seasons and two 4-episode Short Series. Friday Night Originals: Season IV, which is about to start its broadcast in July 2018 is divided into two segments - 8 episodes produced in BlooperHouse Studios, Kolkata and the remaining 8 to be shot in either a different Indian city, like Pune or Shillong or New Delhi, or in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alongside the fourth Season, we are also planning to record buskers/street musicians from Melbourne, Australia for a short 4-episode series, "FNO Melbourne Street Diaries 2018".
Unlike our contemporary music companies or organisations, we do not charge a single penny for the productions, from our featured artists. From recording, shooting, mixing, editing, mastering, colour-grading, each and every cost involved in the production is borne by us, though we are not a sponsored or a funded organisation. In the near future, due to commercial restrictions, we are being forced to approach a sponsorship/crowd-funding to keep doing what we are doing.
Our USP - Our priority is the maintenance of a high quality audio and video production and we want the artist to take home a proper studio single along with a professional live video.
What is FNO?
How did it all begin?
It all started when the chief sound engineer of FNO, Abhibroto Mitra offered to record Durjoy's songs, when the latter replied, "Why would you like to record me when you have the whole city to record?" This statement alone started off the documentation and the archiving of Original and Independent music, which went beyond the boundaries of genre, language and experience of the artists. Durjoy and Abhibroto formed the bootstrapped company along with Ayan, who soon parted with the two on personal grounds.
FNO, after a couple of years has a 12 member strong team with 6 core members, 2 oversees members and 4 interns.
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