Confluence of genres

Jazzy bass lines

Whether it’s thrashy guitar riffs or the old school and melodic, electronic progressive metal band ‘DeSat’ add a brush stroke of brutal death metal, along with some jazzy bass lines and flute strains to make a confluence of genres. 

The band started in September 2010, when boys from varied musical backgrounds came together over their love for metal. Currently, the band members are Victor, on lead guitar, Srikiran on drums, Naveen as the rhythms guitar player, Avinash, the growler vocalist, Rohan on the keyboard and Nithin Iyer on bass. 

Nithin recalls the time when ‘DeSat’ won the Channel V Nokia India Fest 2013, where they were chosen in the top four to compete with other bands. ‘DeSat’ has also opened for ‘Slayer’, a popular international band, during their rock tour in India and have shared the stage with many international bands across the country. They have also played at fests in reputed institutes like the IIT’s, BITS Pilani, VIT and CMC Vellore, which has brought them a large fan following. 

One of the major 

challenges they have is coordinating between each other as all the band members, apart from jamming, have a regular day jobs. “It is pretty tough to organise jam sessions sometimes and take off’s from work during gigs. While touring, we are responsible for each other’s health and to stay in shape before the gig, so managing six individuals is hard,” says Nithin.

Nithin is quite positive about the growing metal scene in India as there are opportunities for upcoming metal bands to hit international shores and vice versa. However, he adds, “Indian metal bands lack unity. The old school and new school metal have a lot of quarrels. If you have to survive as a band, you need to stick together, tag along with musicians of a similar genre, and make your own scene.”

‘DeSat’ is currently looking at their next project, their debut album, ‘When the World Stopped Turning’, which is scheduled to release by the end of 2014. “We’ve had major glitches putting this album together, right from losing all the recorded data to re-recording the whole album thrice and shelling out everything we’ve earn into this. We feel it’s all worth it at the end of the day,” says Nithin.

He feels that it’s not only about the music but the personal attitude that a musician has that allows him to gel with others so that they can grow and establish themselves. Nithin can’t pick out one memorable gig. “We make sure everyone walks out of the place humming our songs, with sprained necks after head banging and saying ‘it’s all worth it’. We play with the same intensity and make sure we give our 100 per cent regardless of the crowd number, which is one person or 10, 000 people.” 

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