We’ve been asked this question umpteen number of times by various friends and people who’ve heard our music (thankfully not by Arnab Goswami :P), attended our gigs, and those who’ve been following our music since our early years. Each time this question pops up, it takes us back a few years to the time when we were belting out progressive, heavy western rock/metal tunes with our previous bands – Prestorika, Feedback, Under Siege, and Decibel. The kind of bands we’d cover would include Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Skid Row, Van Halen and the likes. So, very naturally a lot of people were surprised and had questions – how come Hindi now?
So, its not like we did not give this question a thought. In fact, we pondered on it for quite a while. Back around the same time last year in 2012, we found ourselves sitting and discussing the kind of musical direction we wanted to take with Antariksh, and no doubt, playing what we’ve been playing for years was definitely a very strong candidate. Although, at the same time, we wanted to try something different – we thought that it might be actually more interesting to bring our style to Hindi music and how that turns out.
In the last 4-5 years, we were surprisingly seeing a lot of rock influences, even in some of the mainstream Bollywood music. Coke Studio Pakistan, and later India did a fantastic job in popularizing fusion music which sort of led to the inception of a lot of Sufi/Fusion bands in the last 3-4 years. Point being, through these developments, we realized that the Indian audience was slowly becoming more and more receptive to experimental music with producers like Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, A.R. Rahman, and shows like Coke studio, Mtv Unplugged, The Dewarists being the game changers. However, at the same time we felt that authentic, edgy, progressive “Hindi Rock” space had a lot of scope and was still pretty empty.
As an experiment, we eventually decided to try the Hindi route. It was still a rough attempt till we released our very first single, “Dheere Dheere“. Honestly, we were very nervous and anxious as to what the response to this kind of music would be. To our utter surprise, the feedback and reception was absolutely fantastic. The song got 5000 hits on youtube within 5 days. We got some fantastic reviews, both from the musicians as well as common audience which was really heartening – we’d written a song in our style without any compromise, and it worked. In fact everyone found the music to be very “fresh” and of a kind that they’d never heard before. That was it. That’s when we decided to push through as a Hindi-Rock band. Dheere Dheere’s success propelled us to write more songs, and as we gained some momentum, we decided to push for an album. Our debut album, ‘Khoj‘ was released on September 8th 2013 at Blue Frog, and when we reflect on the last one year, it feels absolutely fantastic and fulfilling to have come from a completely western rock background and written/produced a Hindi Rock album 🙂 We plan to continue hammering in this space and hopefully make some more awesome music for you awesome people.
Do you think our music stands out? Do you like Hindi Rock as a genre? Do hear our first concept album, ‘Khoj’ and let us know! Khoj is available for you to purchase at the following locations:
If you’d like a hard copy our album, please write to us, and we will figure out a way to get it to you!Tada!