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Solder

Band Interview
By LTGTR



Q. What ’s the story behind the name Solder?
A: Well one day our guitarist’s cable got screwed, so we decided to be cheap and innovative and make our own cables instead of buying good quality ones (you know how it is to be a musician in the beginning, always a little hard on cash). So we did just that got some cables and SOLDERED the jack and made a week long functional cable. So that’s like the first thing we did other than eat and drink with each other. That’s where Solder was formed
Q. AND THE CURRENT LINE-UP OF THE BAND IS  ?
A: Siddarth Abraham (Vocalist and Acoustic Guitar),   Sylvester Pradeep (Lead Guitarist and Backing Vocals), Joel Rozario (Drums/Percussion and Backing Vocals), Akhilesh Kumar (Rhythm Guitarist and Backing Vocals),  Samson Philip (Bass Guitarist)
Q. Where did you guys meet? How long have you know each other ?
A: Well we’ve known each other for quite a long time about 2 years together. Akhilesh and Joel used to go to college together; Sylvester, Philip and Joel have met each other through friends a long time back. I (Siddarth) met Joel and Akhilesh through some other common friends and well you get the picture. Bangalore is a small city; you’re bound to meet everybody sometime.  
Q. If you had to pick a genre for you music, what would it be? Who are your major influences?
A:  We consider out music to be ‘Feel Good’ rock though someone once told us everyone thinks their music is that so we decided we’ll be a little more technical and so our genre of music is now-Post alternative Pop Rock.
Our inspirations are very varied. You’ll be surprised, all of us are from different musical backgrounds but we do have a few common inspirations like Queen, Dave Mathews Band, The Beatles, Junkyard Groove to name a few
Q. When did you finally decide to form a band? What inspires you to make music together?
A:  We formed the band in July 2009. We all got together jammed and realized we pretty much got along with each other and can work with each other to make some great music. We’ve all wanted to be on stage and share our music with the world, you could say that’s our inspiration
Q. How do you go about writing & composing songs?
A:  Well everyone writes in the band, so someone would come up with a progression of chords, we all sit and write the lyrics together, we add our respective parts to the song and jam on it, tweak it and voila a song is composed. In Solder, everyone gets credit for writing and that’s how we like it.
Q. Are there any main themes to your songs ?
A: Themes are quite varied, Love songs, Inspirational ones, slightly political ones as well

Q. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers?
A:  Well we have 11 originals and 4 in the pipeline so we constantly play the 11 over and over again so that people get to hear them. We used to play covers initially when we just started but as the list of originals got bigger we just decided we don’t need to play covers anymore. We play just two covers, an Elvis and a Beatles cover and that only if needed (depending on time that is).  Yes, we do have a rough set list which varies according to the mood of the crowd  :D!
Q. HOW DO YOU GUYS REHEARSE AND PRACTICE?
A:  We’ve been lucky that way. Our drummer, Joel has a huge ancient house with an outhouse which he converted into a Jam room. So we are one of those few lucky bands that have their own jam space. We practice about 4 times a week for  2-4 hours and sometimes 8 depending on the need again.
Q. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS AN UPCOMING BAND IN INDIA?
A:  Hmmm our biggest challenge would be getting our music across to places in India.  And recording. It is so hard to get a decent recording done in India as the good ones are really expensive but that’s part and parcel of being a band in India.
Q. HOW LONG HAVE EACH OF YOU BEEN PLAYING YOUR RESPECTIVE INSTRUMENTS ( leave the vocalist :P) ?
A:  Hey, I resent the vocalist jibe :D! I’ve been singing since I knew I could sing :D! Well we’ve all been playing our instruments anywhere between 5-10 years I think.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE WESTERN MUSIC SCENE IN INDIA?
 A:  Hahaha! Well Western Music is slowly getting some foothold in the country especially Original Music which is a huge move forward culture wise, though there will always be the occasional hang ups with different organizations and governments trying to ban something or the other. But the Scene is good overall and only getting better!
Q. FINDING ONE’S OWN SOUND IS A LONG GONE-BY THING IN TODAY’S GENRE-PLAGUED SCENE . DO YOU GUYS THINK YOU HAVE YOUR OWN SOUND? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO FIND YOUR OWN SOUND?
A:  Well we think we have our own sound though it still is getting refined but again that’s a matter of personal opinion. We might say that we sound different but other people would say we sound similar to somebody else just to explain to someone how we would sound. The fact is sounding similar is not the same as sounding exactly like another band and that’s where the uniqueness comes in.
Q. ANY LAST WORDS?
A:  The journey has been great so far, has its share of ups and downs, but if you ask us if we were given a choice to choose something else we would say nothing would ever stop of us from taking this road over and over again :D!

 

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