As the so-called doomsday — December 21, 2012, approaches, a Delhi-based band Kraken aims to make people feel positive by singing original metal compositions. “By our performance, we hope to remove peoples’ fear of being doomed,” says Gavin George, the band bassist. The members get talking about the rumoured doomsday and creating a niche for metal in the city.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's "Doomsday Clock" reads seven minutes to midnight after being adjusted two minutes closer on 27 February, 2002 in Chicago, IL. AFP
Do you believe in doomsday?
The world is ending because the Mayans forgot to punch in a few extra dates on their calendar? Excuse us!
One thing you want to do before you die?
Study different cultures and music from around the world.
What sort of music can we expect from the band?
Come for our shows and decide for yourself after listening to the music.
When and how did the band come together?
Gavin and Moses were members of the school band in Don Bosco School, Alaknanda. Moses started Kraken as an instrumental project and we decided to join him in June this year.
Why this name?
The band is named after the mythical Nordic monster — Kraken. The beast inspires us to keep our sound brutal and potent.
What do you think people remember most about your gigs?
The melody and energy.
What’s your key genre?
Experimental, progressive, rock, jazz; everything metal.
Most memorable moment?
Winning IIT Delhi Blitzkrieg 2012 together as a band was a big achievement.
Do you guys enjoy performing in Delhi? Why?
The people here are very chilled out, willing to let go and leave their preoccupations and worries behind, letting the music make them feel elevated and empowered.
What would you say is the best place in Delhi to make music?
Most of our compositions are done at the lead guitarist’s house. But for us, jam pads are the best places to test drive our sound.
Would you say Delhi inspires artists?
You can write music anywhere as long as you are able to lose yourself in your craft. Delhi oozes music from every nook and cranny.
Has the music scene in the Capital changed in the last five years? How and why?
There has been a drastic change in Delhi’s music scene lately. There are more opportunities cropping up for exploring various genres.
If you could play at any gig in the world, it would be...
It’ll be the Download Festival. At home, it definitely has to be NH7 Black Rock Arena.