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No stereotyping, please

music Updated: Jul 05, 2012 11:44 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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After an overwhelming response in the first 10 months of playing live and their debut album due in August, the band Plok look to explore new genres. The vocalist, Neeraj Aggarwala, talks to us.

What sort of music can we expect from you?
We don’t like to confine ourselves to a particular genre. Although, our sound may appeal those who listen to alternative/progressive rock, but we find the concept of 'genre'lizing a tad too restrictive. Our music also has influences of metal with a sprinkle of funk, electro and even pop."

How did the band come together?
Having made music for over 10 years, we picked up a guitar and started plucking an undeniably 'pop' riff. Contrary to our music preferences, we started bouncing to it and soon, we had an interesting melody going. We moved on to recruit Avo, Tushar and Yugank, who create the freshest sound, that makes Plok what it is today.

Why this name?
We did not ransack the dictionary, use emo band-name generators or crowd-source Plok. Infact, it is not even a word! The criteria was that it had to represent our music. The basic premise of the band is that stereotyping is forbidden, well almost. Just because something isn’t appreciated, doesn't mean we're going to be closed to it. Which also means that we're open to trying newer things. We wanted to break this bubble and that sound is Plok.

What do you think people remember most about your gigs?
We have been fortunate when it comes to crowd response. We hear people talk about our on-stage energy and what really stand out are the Plok originals.

What do you think of the music scene in Delhi? Has it changed over the years?
The music scene in Delhi, is extremely encouraging. There are many new bands, people experimenting and making original music, which is fantastic! It's exciting to see people interested in local bands.

What, according to you, has been the inspiring song, event and artist for the band?
Can't find an answer for the song but Delhi-based band Them Clones have always inspired and supported us. It's also great to be a part of the Clonefest Soundcheck series.

Do you guys enjoy performing in Delhi? Why?
Delhi is definitely a great place to play. Being our home-town, we have our largest support-base here.

Which is the best place in Delhi to make music, according to you?
We don't really have a favourite place. We usually make music at a jam-pad in Lajpat Nagar, Anirudh's home-studio or in our respective bedrooms.

Catch them here
What: Plok live
When: July 5
Timing: 9 pm onwards
Entry: Rs 500
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket
Tel: 011 47158888
Nearest metro station: Saket on the Yellow Line