Vin Sinners

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Vin Sinners
GenresHard rock
Years active2009 (2009)-present
  • Big Daddy Vin (Vin Nair)
  • Josh
  • Michael Schiller
  • DJ Praful
  • Thomas Mielenz

Vin Sinners is a UAE based rock band started in 2009 in Chennai, India by Vin Nair a.k.a Big Daddy Vin.[1] Their first album, An Element of Surprise, was released in December 2011.[2] The album was subsequently released on to cater to Indian audiences, and within two weeks of release, three singles reached the top of the charts.

In February 2013, the band toured India and performed two shows each in Mumbai and Chennai.[3]

The band signed to Universal Music India in February 2014.[2]

After a brief hiatus and a series of changes in the lineup, Vin Sinners regrouped in 2017. Vin Nair along with the new band consisting of Michael Schiller on lead guitars, DJ Praful (ex-Millennium) on bass guitars, Josh on rhythm guitars and keyboards and Thomas Mielenz on drums and percussion worked on their new album called VS III. VS III which was released on April 22, 2020.[4] The release was an independent release as the contract with Universal had run out in 2017.


Early years[edit]

Vin Sinners was formed by Chennai-based Vin Nair who decided to make a comeback to music after a 15-year sabbatical. Nair had toyed with the idea of forming a band for years after his earlier band called Acanthus disbanded in 1994. He had earlier been a part of the church choir at Montfort Higher Secondary School in South India and it is there that he did most of his singing.[5]

In 2009, Vin was inspired by the Indian movie Rock On!! that depicted a corporate professional making a comeback to the music scene after a few years away.[6]

However, it was in 2010 that Vin met Pakistan-born Atif Ali who owns and runs a production studio called Playback Lounge in Dubai. On May 23, 2010, Atif and Vin decided to work on one song as an experiment. The song, called "The Wise Man", was written by Vin in memory of his late father, and the song was produced in less than three days. Atif and Vin began work on more songs along with Tabraiz Haroon (Mr T) on keyboards.[5]

First album - An Element of Surprise[edit]

An Element of Surprise was launched on Dec 9, 2011 in Dubai.[5]

The production of An Element of Surprise was largely a solo project with session musicians and it was only towards the end of the production that Vin Sinners as a band started to take shape. Being an independent release, the album was given respectable ratings by the now defunct Rolling Stone Middle East. Three of the album's songs made it to the weekly Top 3 spots of the charts.[7]

India Tour – February 2013[edit]

In July 2013, Vin Sinners' first album was released in India via digital music platform This coupled with the band's first video release on YouTube for the song "Return to Solace" saw the band's popularity in India increase. Soon after playing at the Gulf Bike Festival in October 2012, Vin Sinners announced that they had begun work on their new album and were also planning an International tour.[8]

Vin Sinners toured India with two shows each in Mumbai and Chennai. The concerts were received well.[9]

In December 2013, Vin Sinners announced that their new album would feature former Iron Maiden front-man Blaze Bayley on a track called "Open The Box". The track features both Vin Nair and Blaze Bayley on vocals.[10]

Signing to Universal Music and Second Album - A Mighty Black Box[edit]

On February 19, 2014, Universal Music India signed a 3-year contract with the band and it became the first UAE based rock band to be signed by a major label.[11] On April 5, 2014, the band released their album called A Mighty Black Box[12] at a concert held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai, UAE.[13] Soon after, the album was made available in physical format at stores across the Middle East[14] and India.


Soon after the 2nd album launch, the band did a few concerts through to the end of 2014. By the end of that year, Vin Nair announced that the band was taking a sabbatical and would look to regroup when the time was 'right'. In interviews later, he said that he had continued to write material with a few musicians. DJ Praful, a childhood friend of Vin Nair who is based in Bengaluru and was former bassist of India's heavy metal band, Millennium joined Vin Sinners.

In 2016, the band released a single called "Turn down the Hate"[15] that featured new musicians along with Nair. The song would eventually find a place on the album VS III in 2020.

The band albeit with an all-new line-up except for Vin Nair, performed at a few concerts including Aldo Rock Festival[16] held in memory of former Vin Sinners lead guitarist, Aldo Rock who died in 2017. By this time, Josh had joined the band and along with Vin, began to write a lot of new material. In September 2017, Vin Sinners performed at the United for Marawi Festival[17] held to raise funds for the victims of the Marawi conflict[18] in The Philippines.

By the end of 2018, a new-look, Vin Sinners had taken shape with Vin Nair (aka Big Daddy Vin) on vocals, Josh on rhythm guitars and keyboards, Michael Schiller on lead guitars, DJ Praful on bass guitars and Thomas Mielenz on drums & percussion.

Trinity of Sin – EP[edit]

While the band worked on a full length studio album, it was decided that an EP called Trinity of Sin[19] would be released as a precursor to the band's evolving sound. It would comprise three tracks, namely "Hail Ya Sinners I" (originally released in the first album), "Hail Ya Sinners II" (originally released on the 2nd album) and an all new "Hail Ya Sinners III" that would feature the new band. The EP was released in November 2019 and a lyrics video[20] was released for the new song.

Third studio album – VS III[edit]

The band continued to work on completing their 3rd full length studio album. Now working with a new producer, Irfan Omar from IQ Lifestyle Studios, the band had set a date of release for April 22, 2020. The 11 song record called VS III[21] was released on that date and was made available on digital channels across the world including Spotify,[22] Amazon,[23] Apple Music,[24] Anghami,[25] and GooglePlay[26] to name a few.


On July 10, 2020, Vin Sinners announced they would be releasing a new single called "Lockdown Lie"[27]. A release date has not yet been announced.


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  2. ^ a b "Vin Sinners Sign to Universal Music India". Rolling Stone Music. 4 Mar 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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  6. ^ "Rock On!". Tribune India. 25 November 2012.
  7. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "The week we launched our first record in India, we had 3 tracks on the top 10 at 1,2 and 3! Good times! #india thanks to @artistaloud and…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  8. ^ "Vin Sinners and One Way provide a rocking alternative to Gulf Bike Week". Time Out Dubai. 9 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Dubai's Vin Sinners enthrals Mumbai crowd". Asian Age. 26 February 2013.
  10. ^ "VIN SINNERS - Announce Blaze Bayley As Guest Vocalist In New Album". JorZine. 16 December 2013.
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  12. ^ "Dubai-based rock band Vin Sinners sign to Universal". The National. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  13. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "#throwback to a special day in our lives! 4 years ago, we launched our 2nd album on this day at an amazing concert in Hard Rock Cafe,…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  14. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "Have you got your copy yet? @umusicindia #rockband #mydubai #uae #rt #letrockrule #localmusic #gigs @vinnair"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  15. ^ "Turn down the hate". YouTube.
  16. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "This! Join us for our comeback as we celebrate the life of Aldo Rock at the Aldo Rock Festival on July 21, 2017 | Tickets: AED 50 | 21+…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  17. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "Next up on our calendar! Headlining the 'United for Marawi' initiative - big ups to @rosetteruan @jmc2576 for setting this up! @vinnair…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  18. ^ "Battle of Marawi", Wikipedia, 2020-07-09, retrieved 2020-07-15
  19. ^ Gomes, Michael. "Dubai rockers Vin Sinners back with new album after two years". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  20. ^ "Hail Ya Sinners III (Aftermath)". YouTube.
  21. ^ "ᴠɪɴ ꜱɪɴɴᴇʀꜱ on Instagram: "This is happening. Finally! Our new record comes out on April 22. The album is called III. #NEWRECORD @VINNAIR @MS_HARDHEAVY…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  22. ^ VS III, retrieved 2020-07-15
  23. ^ "VS III [Explicit] by Vin Sinners on Amazon Music -". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  24. ^ "Vs III by Vin Sinners". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
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  26. ^ "Vin Sinners - Music on Google Play". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  27. ^ "". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-07-15. External link in |title= (help)

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