If you were in a room full of children, how would you tell them who you are and what you do?
Children are probably smarter than most of us realise, so we would tell them the same way we tell anyone who we are about what we do. We make music and we love doing it.
You guys have released your debut album Egress Point just a few days back. How has the journey been so far?
The journey has been a long one and one that has taught us so much about life. It has been in the making for almost half a decade and that’s a long time. Maintaining a band is NOT easy. To have 4-5 like-minded people stick around and compromise so much on their personal aspirations and demands of life, only for the collective goal of making music together, is not something that can be achieved easily. We have had good days and horrible days on this journey together but never was there a day when we wanted to give up on this. We are just too happy that finally the album is out and that people are liking it.
You have a lot of diversity in your music, especially the Indian classical elements. How do you handle so many things? What are the challenges or struggles that you deal with?
We think that the diversity in our music comes from the fact that everyone of us personally are influenced by very different types of music. We think the fact that our tastes in music consumption don’t match much, leaves a room for a certain magic or a moment of “excitement” when we come together as a band. Using the Indian classical elements was our drummer Sambit’s idea. He belongs to a family of Indian classical musicians with his father Pandit. Subhen Chatterjee being one of the most renowned tabla players of our country. He was convinced that this idea could work and we tried it first with our song ‘Section 66 part 5’ in 2012 where there was a ground breaking Sarod passage. We were stunned to see the result and now we use the Indian classical elements subtly to introduce a different character to the band’s sound which seems to push the genre of progressive metal forward.
Where do you guys draw inspiration from?
We are heavily influenced and inspired by each other. From all the new music we hear everyday to spending time with each other as a band, to all the life incidents that we encounter, there is no lack of inspiration. You can find it anywhere if you look.
What are your thoughts on the indie music scene in India? Do you agree that, barring a few of the better known bands/musicians, there is a lack of live shows here?
The Indie music scene seems to be doing quite well in India at this moment with so many festivals coming up to promote Independent artists and giving them an opportunity to share the stage with Indian and International heavyweights. There are more people interested in the Indie scene than before. So that is definitely a positive thing. Live shows have gone down and even more for metal bands. Previously at every college show there used to be a night where a guest band would play. Now the EDM scene seems to have taken over. Venues freak out when they hear metal. So metal bands not only have to fight to get shows, they also have to fight this perception that certain people have about metal. Having said that, what is equally important is bands need to work much harder at putting themselves out there and creating a buzz about them so that people would be interested in paying to go watch them play.
Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions?
I think it involves a bit of both. One should absolutely let their mind flow freely but then it can only be a worthwhile creative force if their heart and soul is completely into it. If you let your mind flow, you can create many things but you end up chucking away most of it because they are not potent enough.
You guys made waves with the trippy animated video of your first single ” The Truth of a Lie “. How important do you find it to have visual effects , when it comes to your performance ?
It is an extremely important thing for us. Its not only about sounding good but it has to look good and attractive on stage. The audience is not only coming to listen to your music but also to watch you play and any aid that can enhance that experience has to be given importance. Incidentally our guitar player Arindam’s ( who also created “The Truth Of A Lie” animated video) day job is as a visual jockey. So he already dabbles with concert visuals and we are planning to use that as a tool in our upcoming shows as well.
Is there any impact good or bad of music on the way we feel, act or behave?
Most certainly. Our present moods or mind set often dictates the kind of music we want to listen to. Many a times the same piece of music when heard at different times can elicit a different response from the listener. A piece of music that you had heard at a time when something happy was going on in your life can make you feel happy 10 years down the line whenever you listen to it and the same thing can happen with a sad piece of music. We don’t think music has any bad impacts. Any individual who blames music for any bad thing they do, probably would have done it anyway. Music is beautiful and there are no two ways about it.
Music for music’s sake or music for life’s sake?
For us personally, music for life’s sake. We have been trying to keep this going amidst all difficulties only because of the joy of making music together and sharing it with people.
Do you feel music is about revolution or revelation?
Again the two things are not mutually exclusive. The music that you listen to can reveal so much to you about yourself. You hear a song and you read the lyrics and feel that this song is saying exactly what you are feeling. The music that you write, its like a part of you is being left behind with each song or a lyric. Music has the capacity to bring in change and that’s revolution. Music has that power. There have been so many artists that have been able to do that from John Lenon to Pinkfloyd to Bob Marley to Dave Mustaine and so on.
What message would you like to give to aspiring musicians?
Just write original music, have clarity about what it is you want to achieve, don’t quit, and If you are pursuing a non main stream form of music like us then always plan out your work career accordingly and most important of all, be humble.
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