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Musician Sahil Makhija on the Indian metal scene today

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 04, 2016 19:48 IST
As told to Manali Shah
As told to Manali Shah
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Sahil Makhija performing at Hard Rock Café

Sahil Makhija aka Demonstealer, of Demonic Resurrection and Reptilian Death, says that while the metal scene is growing, there is a long way to go before the scene becomes sustainable.

Over the past few years, I have noticed the metal scene grow in smaller cities — more bands and more shows are happening in places like Kochi and Jaipur. They are usually sporadic and tend to be DIY gigs (which means no sponsors), but it’s starting to happen. Fifteen years ago, who would have thought of a metal show in Kochi? Look at The Down Troddence — they are from Kannur in Kerala. The members of Chaos, too, are from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Today, these bands have music videos and albums out.”

On declining album sales:

When I see an album being sold in Europe for €20 (approx Rs 1,500) and the same album priced at Rs 120 in India, I feel really bad for the artist. Music sales are dismal. In the internet era, music has become extremely accessible. But there is no excuse as a music lover to not buy music. The CD format may be obsolete and most may not own a CD player, but there are so many options to stream music today. One part of the problem is that kids, today, don’t put a value on music. Their parents probably never bought a CD. They might have asked him/her to download a movie/TV show for them. They are never taught that it’s not okay to steal.

Also read: Mumbai’s metal music scene is getting a revival with new, regular gigs

Money matters:

I curate Metal Mania for Hard Rock Café. As of now, Hard Rock Café is breaking even. But the minute it stops to make financial sense, every venue, be it Hard Rock Café or Anti Social, will pull back. India, on the whole, lacks a culture of going out for live music. Barring our metro cities, there’s not enough live entertainment — be it music or stand-up comedy. At a national level, for the scene to be sustainable, it will take 50 more years.

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Buy Demonstealer’s album, This Burden Is Mine, on for Rs 1,000.