Off the beaten track

Catching the pulse

Off the beaten track

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old’ said Peter Drucker.  This is true for the musical scene in the city that is witnessing a sea change these days.

To counter the rising wave of popularity that EDM is seeing, bands are turning to traditional tunes and instruments to give their music a new twist.

While some have taken to amalgamation of different types of music to create a signature style, others have even gone on to create their own genre of music.

Bharat Rajagoplan of ‘Indi Graffiti’ says that their band plays ‘Graffiti rock’. “True to it’s name, we have a mix of influences — from Carnatic music and psychedelic music to  metal and rock n’ roll. Our genre is different and demands a separate space,” he says.

Similarly while metal music is known for its loud elements, there are some metalheads who are trying to bring in traditional sounds for a fresh approach.

 Mithun Raj from thrash and folk-influenced metal band ‘The Down Troddence’ says that exploring one’s own ethnic influences is the newest trend. “Many bands have incorporated electronic influences into their music, including  ‘Linkin Park’ in their the latest album. We try to create honest music which includes native folk influence. Our music has beats from the ‘chenda’ and ‘edakka’ which make our tracks unique,” he adds.

Bands like ‘Sangeetha’s Groove Kafe’ which give a twist to film music on stage, do not believe in sticking to genres.

Sangeetha Ravindranath, founder of the band, says that adding African and Latin sounds like the djmebe and timbal to traditional Kannada songs of Shankar Nag and Rajkumar evokes interest among people.

“We try to give new sounds to vintage music and this breaks the monotony,” she adds.

The band gave an Arabic tinge to ‘Huttidare Kannada Nadalli Huttabeku’ recently which made the listeners go crazy. “The more new sounds are played, the more people will listen to it. It’s a musician’s work to keep experimenting,” she adds.

Innovation is part and parcel of all music, feel young musicians like Gaurrav Tiwari from stoner rock band ‘Diarchy’.  “One cannot live in complete isolation from technology. Thus all music will invariably see an electronic influence,” he says.

But even though EDM is a popular choice among many, no band is going to move completely towards it and change their style, points out Gaurrav.

“Our music has taken it’s own organic course. We do not write poetry and fit the music into it. In our case, the riff is the hero,” he adds.

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