Following their heart

Following their heart

Following their heart
They produce music that sees one tapping their feet throughout the song. With funky, groovy music with a touch of Carnatic sounds in the making, the band ‘Out of Office’ is keeping Bengalureans happy. They push their limits with their performances and live gigs and people often look forward to their shows. The band comprises Rakesh V G on vocals and guitar, Narasimha Curam on guitar and Akshay Nagmule on drums and percussions. In a chat with Anila Kurian, they talk about their musical motto and new songs.
 
How did you all meet? 
Rakesh: We have all been a part of different bands and were busy with our lives. Narasimha and I met through a common portal where musicians come together and talk about what they like to listen and play. We started jamming together and performed at a few places as well. We soon realised that we needed a drummer and that’s when Akshay came into the picture. We’ve been a happy family since then.

How did you come up with the name of the band?
Narasimha: Rakesh and I have full time jobs; Akshay is the only musician. Whenever we wanted to head out for practice, we would leave a note in office saying ‘out of office’ and that would be an indication that no one should disturb us. It felt apt and we stuck to the name for the band as well.

Describe the music making process.
Akshay: We have a studio in HSR Layout where we come together for practice. We start by just jamming for the fun of it and whenever we realise that somewhere the chords click, we work on it. We like to follow our hearts and then bring in the lyrics and other elements together. What also helps is the chemistry between us — we get along really well.

How has your music evolved since you first started playing?
Rakesh: It’s definitely changed a lot since we started off as a duo. Ever since Akshay joined, there’s been more ‘oomph’ to the music. Every gig we play at has been a learning experience. We have become very comfortable with improvising on our music onstage as well.
          
Tell us about your new projects.
Akshay: We released the audio for ‘Django’ and ‘The Rain’ recently and the response has been incredible. We are presently working on the video of the songs — it’s going to be very exciting. We will also be releasing ‘The biker song’ soon. The video for that is also going to be a lot of fun as we have asked bikers, who have travelled across the country, to send their videos.

Your musical motto.
Rakesh: Don’t restrict yourself to any kind of music. Try everything and have fun while doing it.

Your advice to people who want to form their own band.
Narasimha: Get to know each other and the band really well. Create that brotherhood or sisterhood so that everything will go smo­othly. And most importantly, be patient.

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