Who doesn’t love Sundays? After a hectic week, all we desire is some time for ourselves. Imagine this — lying in bed curled up under your warm quilt, having a lazy morning where you don’t have to get up for work or rush out to meet anyone. You can just relax, listen to the calming sounds of birds or your favourite music instead of a shrieking car, and pamper yourself with a cup of hot chocolate milk. Can you feel the goodness?
Well, I’m already curled up in a nest of pillows, surrounded by my super cute monkeys — Kalu, Komola, Kookie, Mocha and Madi [all soft toys, don’t file a complaint, please!], and at the same time listening to Papon’s [Angarag Papon Mahanta] Assamese numbers.
Coming back to the main point, today, on this blog post I’m going to introduce you to a Bangalore-based band called “The Warehouse Project”. This classic rock metal band with Kishore Ray on vocals, John on guitar, Zam on bass, and Akash on drums has a good number of loyal fans and has been claimed as one of the most potential bands in the Bangalore music scene. In a recent interaction with Akash, I got to know about The Warehouse Project’s ride so far, their inspirations, their debut album, and more.
- How did you conceive the idea of forming the band? And why this name? Share in brief.
Being from northeast part of India, rock music has always been there in us. We’ve grown up listening to Guns N Roses, Metallica, Mr Big, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden etc., and forming a band was always on top of my bucket list. My passion and zeal to play and create music helped me to form this band. This band got its name from the fact that we first started jamming at one of our friend’s warehouse.
- What kind of themes your music is based on?
We are mostly influenced by classic rock, metal and also some new age rock music.
- How do you see your journey so far — the challenges you faced?
The journey so far has been an incredible one. Creating music is one of the best experiences we’ve been through. It is full of fun, passion and responsibility. The biggest challenge that we have always faced is managing our band but we survived that phase.
- Define your style of music. Languages you are fluent in?
Our style of music mostly reflects the classic late 70s and early 80s rock culture. We are fluent in English, Hindi, Assamese, and Manipuri.
- How do you keep the group intact? Were your friends before forming the band?
Honesty and simplicity have kept us going so far. We give and respect each other’s feedback. I believe band members are more like family members. The vocalist and I were partners in crime long before we formed the band. The guitarists share a similar relationship.
- What inspires you when you’re composing?
We have few original compositions which were mostly inspired by social issues like terrorism and sometimes we just want to make plain rock music inspired by Chuck Taylor canvas and knee-cut jeans.
- People you look up to for motivation?
GATC and Alobo Naga have always been our strong motivating factor. And not to forget “Adams Apple” they are winner of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2014. These bands are so good in their own way.
- You are coming up with your debut album, and two of the songs – “Discrimination” and Alone” are almost ready. Share with us more about this project.
“Discrimination” and “Alone” are our babies which were composed and written by our vocalist, Kishore Ray. “Discrimination” is focused on the discrimination that a person sometimes faces in any sphere of his/her life. “Alone” is about that moment when we need someone around us but we end up being all alone. Also we recently completed one more song, it’s called “Heal the Pain”. The lyrics screams to heal all the pain people are suffering because of terrorism.
- What do you wish people think of when they hear “The Warehouse Project”?
We don’t want them to wish anything. We want to take them by surprise.
- What do you have to say about studio recording versus live performance?
Both are very different and require lot of experience. You might be pretty good performing live but when it comes to studio recording, you need to get your basics right first, otherwise you will be spending a lot of unnecessary time.
- What’s your opinion on the current music scene in the Hindi film industry?
Everything has its own pros and cons. There are some really good quality music being created currently. I feel most musicians who think and work differently are getting lot of exposure now, this was something which did not happen earlier. However, at the same time, there is lot of music created which I think is only for the sake of business.
- What do you think is the biggest threat to the music industry?
I think there is lot of digitalisation happening nowadays which is posing a threat to the other musicians.
- What do you do when you are not playing? Do you guys spend a lot of time together on personal level as well?
We try to maintain a balance between family-office-music. But we do spend time together on personal level as well, because that’s when we sync with each other and tend to make good music.
Note: The blog first appeared on GoYaNo