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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Mutemath can’t wait to perform in India

Samarth Goyal , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 10, 2013
First Published: 16:08 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 16:50 IST(10/10/2013)

American Grammy-nominated rock band, Mutemath, which will be touring India for the first time in December, couldn’t be more excited to perform in India. In an email interview, the band’s percussionist, Darren King, told us that he cannot wait to play here.

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“I have many friends who are obsessed with India and I think there’s something about the Indian culture that astounds Americans. I have friends who were trying to figure out if they could come with us. They’ve been asking me to hire them to take photos so that they could accompany us, because they love India so much. I’ve got friends who have brought back tablas. And I love Indian food. I think we’re going to stay a couple of days extra to travel around,” he says. The band will perform in Delhi on December 1, followed by a performance in Mumbai on December 3.

American Alternative rock band, Mutemath, is all set to play in Delhi and Mumbai as part of the NH7 Weekender festival. Darren King, the drummer of the band, which was nominated for a grammy in 2008 for one of their most famous songs, Typical, talks to us about Mutemath’s music and more.

What was the inspiration behind the band’s name?
When Paul Meany (the band’s vocalist) and I started the band 10 years back, we were anticipating becoming a production duo. That’s when we started writing songs, initially for other people. During that time, we had been calling ourselves ‘Math’. But that name was already taken, so we had to come up with something that we could not get sued over. Since my email id was ‘Mutemath’, we got used to it, and hence the name.

What are your musical influences?
At the time we started out, we loved Radiohead, Bjork, Beastie Boys, Beck and bands from Iceland, Moon and Sigur Rós. U2 and Coldplay are influences as well.

It’s been more than 10 years since you guys started out. How have you seen the music scene change, in terms of the content and the audience ?
When we started our band, the music industry was very different, and it’s much improved from where it was. I think that the industry as a whole was very slow to embrace the changes that came with the digital age. But people seem to be catching up with it now. With technology on the rise, many great bands have popped up, recording studios are now available on your laptop and you’ve got all these young people making great music.

Have you started work on the fourth album? What can the fans expect from it?
Yes, we’re currently working on our fourth record at our home studio. We haven’t gotten into the official recording phase of it yet, but we’re still recording it as we go along. We are paying special attention to having a theme for the album — a lyrical and musical theme. We’re attempting a few more futuristic and beautiful sounds. But the guitar, the live drums and all the usual stuff is still happening.

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