In Conversation With 'The Doppler Effect'
Known for its diversity and versatility, The Doppler Effect climbed new heights within a few days of their formation. The band thrives on experimenting with sound and works on achieving a refreshing balance between both the technical and the musical aspects of their songs.
Here is a sneak peek into their music, vision and crazy moments.
1. I’m curious about your band name. How did you come to ‘The Doppler Effect’? Are you guys’ science enthusiasts of some sort?
Our name was kind of a spur of the moment thing. We were called for our first gig before we had even named ourselves. When the organizer asked what we were called, I had to tell him that I would call him back in 5 minutes. I then called the rest of the band and we had a conference call and started brainstorming. My father at some point walked in on me yelling random words into the phone asked me what I was doing. After I told him about our situation, he thought for about 15 seconds and said "The Doppler Effect" and walked out of the room. I said it back into the receiver and our former bass player, Akshay Johar, who is a complete science geek, said it was a cool name that suited our sound and explained the concept to us. We realized the notion of the Doppler Effect was exactly what we wanted our music to be like - something that hits you and stays with you. Something that you still keep hearing or thinking about even after it's passed you. It fit us and stuck ever since.
2. You guys have come a long way now, what’s the one thing that you have learnt about the Indian indie music scene that you would want to share?
It's no cakewalk. Practice is the key, both on an individual level and as a band. Mediocre performances are not what people are looking for, especially because audiences are becoming more mature as listeners by the day. The Indian indie music scene is relatively new and you are going to have great shows and pretty bad ones, but don't let those shows pull you down. Those experiences really shape you as a person and a musician and you only learn from those experiences. Indie music and musicians are getting recognized quite steadily, and people are more receptive than they seem. To us, it feels like it's only getting better. Be headstrong and give it all you've got.
3. What are your future plans about your music?
We recently released our debut EP and are now planning an Album in the near future. We recently underwent a line-up change after our good friend and founding member, Akshay Johar left the band. We've now welcomed Amar Pandey in as our new Bass player and are extremely excited about how our sound is evolving with him. We're now writing material and should be ready to release a single within the next few months. We also have some music videos in the pipeline which we're also pretty stoked about, so stay tuned!
4. Is there any music fantasy that you guys have in common?
You know, touring the world. Having a stadium full of people sing our songs along with us. Nothing too big.
5. What are some of the craziest things you guys did together?
A few years ago, we came first at the Channel V launchpad prelims in Delhi and were selected to play at the main competition in Goa. Needless to say, we were all pretty excited. Ashwin, Sherry and I took a flight and Akshay was on a different flight. However, Akshay's flight got delayed and the three of us were staring at the stage listening to the announcer calling us up on stage. It was depressing. We spent the remainder of the trip trying to have a good time, but ended up going to the wrong station on the night we were supposed to leave, so we missed our train back to Delhi as well. At this point we were broke college kids at a random train platform with insane amounts of equipment and no way of getting back home. Clearly this was no reason to panic at all. We considered getting on a train without a ticket and somehow convincing the TT to let us stay on. Ashwin's Puppy dog eye's might have worked, but we decided to make a dreaded to call to our parents and tell them what happened. We were booked on a morning flight back home and arrived in Delhi to find three sets pretty pissed off parents waiting for us at the airport. We stuck through it though, and the experience was totally worth it. We learnt quite a bit about coordination and troubleshooting through it, and in hindsight, it was a lot of fun. Other than that there haven't been too many crazy things. Other than Akshay's ever eventful Diwali parties, we can't say we've done anything super crazy (not that we can remember, at least)
6. One suggestion that you would want to give to the beginners in indie music scene.
Always have hope, believe in yourself. Give it time. And always be nice to your sound engineer.
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