• Fri, Sep 22, 2017
Features

Introducing: Indian Saber

interviews Oct 08, 02:52pm

We recently spoke to Delhi-based Bollywood sufi rock sextet, and winner of 'Rock On!!' August, Indian Saber about the band's experiences across college competitions, India's Got Talent, and online success, delivering their brand of fusion music.
 Photo Courtesy: Priyanka Vaid

RSJ: Tell us a little about the kind of music Indian Saber plays, and the ideas behind it.

Indian Saber: First of all, we are from Delhi, and were semifinalist of India’s Got Talent Season 3. We started with sufi rock in very beginning as many bands do in the starting. But, after sometime we thought that everyone nowadays is doing sufi rock kind of stuff. We decided to do something new. So, we started covering some Bollywood songs in our own style, and we mixed some famous lines into our songs which gave a unique touch to the music. Sometimes we mix western styles with Indian classical, or say we fuse the music of different genres into one. That’s why we call our genre – Bollywood sufi rock.

 

RSJ: What are your strongest influences?

IS: Indian Ocean and Kailasa. We all grew up listening to their music. We take ideas, style, and more, from them. Also, we want to achieve that level where both Kailasa and Indian Ocean exist.

 

RSJ: How did the idea of fusion come about?

IS: It is a very short story. If you heard or saw our performance on India’s Got Talent, we used a line in the starting, from 'O Pritam Gaye Pardes' from a Rajsthani folk song.
We used it for the very first time on India’s Got Talent, and it became much of a hit.
We've seen many times where new singers and bands cover our music, and perform it in colleges, competitions, live performances, etc. This gave us the idea of fusion, and we are still on with it.

 

RSJ: What is the songwriting process like?

IS: There is not any process of writing the songs. Nature gives us the ideas for writing the songs. Basically our songs are based on daily life incidents. Our drummer, Pawan, does most of the songwriting for the band. One of our songs, 'Panchi', is based on our own struggles; 'Fakira' is a rocking number which is also based on daily lives. 'Mein Joganiya', can be connected with God, or a lover, or with many things that we or anyone get attached to. Pawan wrote both the released singles, and all the upcoming songs which are undergoing the mixing process.

 

RSJ: So far you have released two singles online; any reason why you haven't released an album so far?

IS: This is a big question. After IGT, we recorded our songs with Shikhar for our debut album. But, when he left (Why he left is a different story) all the recordings, and other stuff became a waste for us because we could not use it with his name in our album. It took almost fourteen to fifteen months to find our new vocalist because anyone can sing sufi easily, but our genre is quite different. So it took a long process, after which we started playing live again with a new vocalist, a new face. We also faced much difficulty after the change because everyone asked for the face they had seen on IGT. It took time, but now we've almost recovered from that part of our struggle. We released two singles, and more are coming; or say a full length album will come in few months.
 


 

RSJ: Tells us about your upcoming singles, and the ideas behind it. Who did you record with and what was the experience like?

IS: All the ideas came from the incidents we see in our daily life. We do Sufi rock so we also try to connect some lyrics with God. We mixed classical music with guitars, and other instruments to make them fuse. For example, we added the sitar for the very first time in 'Mein Joganiya' – our upcoming single. Recording process is taken care of by our bassist, Manish Vaid. He has his own recording studio in Delhi. It gives us much time to experiment and work, because there are no limits on it.  We can record, change, and re-record anytime we want; this gives us more perfection and beauty in the song.
 

RSJ: Are you working on an album perhaps? If you are who would you record it with?

IS: Yes, right now we are working on our album. We are going to release our single in the recent future, just to promote our new vocalist. Right now we are focusing on making good music only. We know it will take time, but we want to give our best to our fans. We've recorded almost five or six songs roughly, and are looking at what best changes we can do to it so that the output will become hit. We will also try to get a good recording label for our album for sure.

 

RSJ: What is the band up to at the moment and what are you future plans?

IS: We are just recovering from our struggling period, and are enjoying the time because it gave us lots of lesson. Right now we're looking forward, and we are only focusing on our recordings. We want to release our album as soon as possible because we are already very late in the field of music. We want to spread our music, and the lesson behind the songs to whole world. We putting a lot of work ,or say hard work, into it.
 

Watch a video of Indian Saber at India's Got Talent here.

Stream 'Kaise Kate' by Indian Saber below:

Facebook twitter Google Plus Pinterest

Leave a comment

Recommended Stories

Bipul Chettri's Debut EP Sketches of Darjeeling

Delhi-based alternative progressive folk rock singer/songwriter Bipul Chettri released his debut EP, Sketches of Darjeeling, earlier this year to eager mass of music lovers all over the globe - who lapped up the EP with gargantuan appetites. We spoke to the high school Arts professor, about his EP, and his experience with music so far. 

Sep 27, 2014 

By RSJ Staff  

PINKNOISE Release The Dance Of The Diaspora, LP

Regarded as perhaps the most intriguing, and experimentally cutting edge musical act, Kolkata-based experimental electronic fusion band PINKNOISE, have recently released their much awaited debut LP, The Dance Of The Diaspora. With guitar god Amyt Datta, drummer Jivraj 'Jiver' Singh, vocalist Jayashree Singh, and bassist Gyan Singh; PINKNOISE's music is fervently defiant of any genre, pattern, or form, and has redefined the very persona of a musician in the Indian independent music scene. We spoke to Jayashree about her experience working on the album, and all the ups and downs the band has faced, since the tragic demise of bassist Gyan Singh [RIP].

Sep 24, 2014 

By RSJ Staff  

Militant Indo-dub & Bass By Dr. Das and Dubnoiz Sound System

Bassist and founder of UK based dub electronica band Asian Dub Foundation, Dr. Das is set to play his solo project, Dubnoiz Sound System's first perfomance at 'Fully Underground' at the Turquoise Cottage in Saket, New Delhi.

Sep 18, 2014 

By Psy-Fi Sufi  

Begum - Bagh

A review of Delhi-based, experimental indie rock/eleventh century sounds influenced three piece outfit, Begum's debut album, Bagh.

Sep 17, 2014 

By Karishma Goenka  

Nice Weather For Ducks - Color The Era

A review of Nice Weather For Ducks's debut EP, Color The Era.

Sep 15, 2014 

By Kabir Upmanyu  

Shubhangi Joshi: Initial Baby Stepping

Shubhangi Joshi, an independent self-taught musician based out of Mumbai, has recently been ushered into the EP world, with the release of her four track creative product, Talking Away the Night.

Sep 09, 2014 

By Kabir Upmanyu  

Hoirong - Dandaniya Apraadh

A review of punk lo-fi outfit Hoirong's latest album, Dandaniya Apraadh. Speculated to be one of the best new albums to have hit the music scene this year.

Aug 27, 2014 

By Bhanuj Kappal  

Shadow And Light - Shadow And Light

Vocalist Pavithra Chari, and musician all rounder Anindo Bose have recently come together for Shadow And Light, the duos collaborative venture into contemporary fusion music. 

Aug 08, 2014 

By Aditya Varma  

The Noob's guide to Old School Metal (Part II)

Part II of our metal dictionary takes you from K all the way to T. From trivia to fun facts to significant historical information to the ins and outs of metal in general, we have everything in this three part series. View part I here.

Aug 13, 2012 

 

The Noob's guide to Old School Metal (Part I)

Brush up your knowledge on heavy metal history with part I of our guide to Old School Metal. No twin-guitar posturing, no spandex. Only tr00 facts.

Jul 30, 2012 

By RSJ Staff  

The Rolling Stone Metal Awards: A 'Review'

Despite his whole pretentious ‘all music is one’ psychobabble, our self-professed metal hater, or anti-metalhead, as he likes to say, Akhil Sood, was forcefully dispatched to Blue Frog, Mumbai, to attend the annual Rolling Stone Metal Awards. He didn’t bother with the music much, but here’s what he had to say.

Jul 12, 2012 

By Akhil Sood