How do you all fit in together? Tell us about the music background of your band members.
We’re all just a bunch of jokers – that’s how we fit in. You have to see one of our practice or dinner sessions to see the insane amount of fun we have.
As far as our history goes, Varun and Mridul used to play for a Progressive Rock band called Feedback, while gT was already rocking it out with the metal heavyweights Prestorika at that time. Post that, Varun went on to play for Under Siege and Mridul did a short stint singing for Decibel before we ventured out in the corporate world to earn our bread and butter. Although, it wasn’t long, before our love for music brought us back together to write some new songs. We met some time back in August 2012 to jam casually and somehow the time seemed right for a new musical venture, and well, Antariksh came to life. Although, it wasn’t until the release of our first single, Dheere Dheere and the fantastic response it got, we started taking Antariksh more seriously. We then started looking for a drummer and a friend connected us to Vipul, only 20 years old and the best drummer we’d ever played with. We jammed a few times – he really liked the direction we were taking, and voila – we had a drummer. We haven’t had a consistent bass player yet – as of now we have, a fantastic session player, Sonic Shori handling the bass duties.
What is your practice regime and songwriting process?
Our practice sessions are a lot of fun. And the dinners and ice creams after them, even more, We love to jam as frequently as possible, which is usually about twice a week. The band is usually bubbling and full of ideas. Varun, gT or Mridul come up with an idea/guitar riff/melody; they record a demo and send it across to the entire band and then we get together to jam on it at a practice pad. Vipul usually gives a new direction to the song experimenting with different grooves that might suit a certain piece/riff/melody. We all throw forth our ideas which we capture, jam upon and keep iterating till we’re all happy with it.
It looks like you all have done quite some gigs. Tell us about your experience with an electrifying audience. How does it feel like to face the crowd?
Oh yes! There’s nothing more enjoyable and fulfilling than going out and playing to great audience. Our recent gigs at IIM Rohtak, IIIT Delhi, and Symbiosis Law School had some of the craziest audience ever.
Have you seen competent talents around in your field? What kind of competition is there?
Absolutely! To be honest, we’re actually quite surprised and glad to see so many young, talented bands coming out of the country. We were judging a few competitions recently, and one could clearly tell that the overall quality of young bands has improved so much from what it was about 6-7 years ago. Although, we don’t really think that there’s any competition among the bands – I mean, c’mon everyone’s trying to make their own music in so many different styles – how can they even be compared.
What is the most embarrassing / low moments and a funny moment you have had as a band?
Initially, it was not as easy to get the band going, getting regular shows, and making it financially viable to despite all of us being a part of the local music scene since quite long. Not being able to reach out to an audience despite having a lot of belief in our music was quite a tough phase for us.
As for the funny moments, there are plenty. Mridul cracking too technical a joke for the audience to understand, gT cracking a legendary PJ, Varun getting mobbed by girls and not bing allowed to get off stage,Vipul playing the intro to ‘Nishabd’ while the rest of the band started with the intro to ‘Aisa Hi HotaHai’ - we’ve had all those funny/embarrassing/crazy moments.
How well do you connect with your audience?
We actually believe we do a pretty good job at it, but then you gotta come check out our show and let us know if we actually do that well or not
You are planning a video release soon. Tell us more about it and why your fans should look forward to it?
Oh yes – we’re super excited about it. ‘Na Jaane Kyun’ as a song talks about the constant tussle that happens within us when we’re trying to make a choice or take a big decision. It comes from our experience that it’s very difficult to try and do something that you really love, something that’s not mainstream – there are a million roadblocks, and it’s really tough to take that leap of faith. But as always, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Na Jaane Kyun talks about the fact that the end result of courageously following your dreams is always worth the painstaking journey.
The video shows our journey as a band over the last year and half. It is a self produced video and has shots from our practice sessions, album recording days, behind the scenes fun, and live gigs. You should definitely check it out know for it’s a really cool, peppy song