Veda The Band
With the use of the word ‘Veda’, are you the devout followers of religion and if so, is there any influence in the compositions of the songs?
We all follow just one religion, that’s music, which binds us as it has for almost 12 years now.
How did you start the journey in music and how did you all come together?
We started as a college band in 2002. Played for many college fest during that time. As one of our members,Christopher Rebello, who was also our senior in college, was supposed to complete his final year of education, asked Shrikanth to keep the band alive no matter what happens. So Shrikanth contacted his old buddy Krishna who joined in 2003 and with time many musicians came along. And here it goes Veda is very active band now. Half of us are married and got kids but the band is still rolling...
Which are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music?
Many, right from Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Megadeth to Junoon, Silk Route, Indian Ocean to Raghu Dixit, Swaratma, Avial, Warren Mendonsa, Pentagram, TAAQ, Motherjane, Rabbi Shergil to Ilaiyaraaja Sir, R.D. Burman Sir, A.R. Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and the list goes on…. Music is everywhere.
How is the experience of composing songs different from creating jingles?
Composing songs for our band is an open expression. It comes naturally. It can happen anywhere, bathing, during bike rides, having lunch, watching a movie or reading a newspaper, anywhere, it’s something peaceful.
Composing a jingle or a sound track for a project is based on the requirement of the concerned client. It’s a tough job. We need to do a lot of research and understand what’s going on in our clients mind and what is he exactly looking for. It doesn’t matter whether we like the track or not, but the client should, because that’s what the client wants. And if that makes him happy, we are happy as he is going to pay us for whatever hardwork we have put in.
Of all the songs you’ve composed, which one if your most favorite and why?
All of us have different likings. Shrikanth likes Sasha and Waqt and TujheDekhDekh, Krishna likes TuMeraDosthai, Unni likes Dope Raag and Dharti, Jinx likes Aman… It’s difficult to pic one.
What are your future plans? Do you plan to compose music for the Bollywood industry?
We are planning our first album very soon. We are working on it and we will keep you all updated. Indian Film industry, yes, we have started with few background score project for some films and also in talks with few production houses. We are always looking out foropportunities.
Your thoughts about the changing scenario of Independent music in India?
We are happy that people are accepting Independent music and musicians. It’s slow but definitely a boost to us. We have held ourselves for 12 years just hoping that one day this independent music moment will become a revolution and create a big massive wave of pure music and happiness.
What is your practice regime?
We make sure we are practicing every day at our own places before meeting on weekends. We have our own studio and our own Jam Pad. This help us spend more time on our songs and we spends almost 8 to 10 hours every weekend practicing.
What would you like to say to some of the young, budding artists who aspire to make it big in the music industry?
Never give up. Do whatever makes you happy unless it’s not harming others. You will find people saying ‘You can’t do it or its impossible’. Just nod your head silently and ignore them and continue walking towards your goal. You will find it one day. And the day you achieve your goal, you have already answered them who tried stopping you from moving forward.