Independent music is still not considered a secure career in India, how did you deal with the conventional thought process?
Well we all have our daytime jobs to keep the bread in the breadbox! Jokes aside, being a musician is definitely not frowned-down upon anymore (at least not as much). Of course the flip side to that is anyone who can just about strum a guitar calls himself/herself a musician now. (Just like anyone with a DSLR fancies himself to be a photographer) How we kept going was through a mix of very supportive families and our belief in ourselves.
What is the inspiration behind your music?
One might say that the most common inspiring factor for the three of us has been the desire to play good, “live” music that reaches out to people; that strikes a chord within someone’s heart – be it a 15-year-old or a 50-year-old. So all the greats – Indian and Foreign – who have been able to do that have inspired us, and keep inspiring us
Who are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music?
The inspiration is as varied as our musical tastes, and ranges from R.D. Burman to Mr. Big. What is common in all our inspirations is the ability to create a unique sound and a great technical proficiency in the craft.
Which are some of the most memorable performances of yours so far?
Each performance that we’ve done has left some indelible memories. To list a few, our first ever show in Ahmedabad (which was our first with the current line-up), the Jumpstart (our latest album) launch concerts, and headlining the Bryan Adams Rockathon in Pune come to mind.
What do you think about the changing scenario of Independent music in India?
We think things are changing for the better, albeit a bit slowly. The 90s saw a good surge in the Indie music scene (with the “Indipop” generation) which somehow just got lost towards the late 90s-early 2000s. Hopefully there’s a resurgence now. Although a lot of the music scene still revolves around Bollywood (including a lot of folks who start off Indie as a stepping stone to Bollywood), newer platforms like Songdew are helping artistes directly reach the listeners. The independent music movement still needs to evolve, though. Right now, you still see or hear the same singers / composers / producers everywhere – on music channels, on the radio, and in the movie theater. We need to reach a stage where you’ll see a varied repertoire of musicians, songwriters and singers brought to the forefront and where the audience will be spoilt for choice. Fingers crossed!
What gives you more satisfaction as a musician- creating new music or performing or jamming?
Each has its own charm and high. Creating or recording new music gives a creative high, whilst performing live gives you an unbelievable connect with your audience. Both are uniquely awesome feelings
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on daily basis?
As a band, we make it a point to practice together 4-5 hours at least once a week. This could include practicing our existing tracks, working on new material, and even some impromptu jamming (in fact a lot of our new songs have started out as jams).
What would you like to say to some of the young , budding artists/bands who want aspire to become a musician like you?
We still aspire to be better than we are currently, so please don’t keep us as benchmarks. Aim for the stars, and you’ll probably reach the moon. All we can say is that it is a continuous process. Focus on the basics, and focus on creating good music (rather than playing 17 notes per second!) Just don’t stop practicing, don’t stop playing, and don’t stop performing – no matter what. As someone very recently said “No matter who you are, your dreams are valid!”