You’ve been doing fairly well in the Bollywood playback circuit. What made you form Shkabang? Tell us something about the band’s philosophy.
I wanted to meet like-minded people and play some rock and roll. But life had different plans for me. Now, after so many years, I have finally found musicians I love and want to make music with. So I thought of putting together this band. It’s completely separate from my Bollywood space and a lot personal. Our philosophy — we don’t want to change the world and want people to enjoy our music. Also, we couldn’t find a name for the band for long. We wanted something fun, a name that bounced. A friend suggested Shkabang. Bang bang. It fit!
Who’s the prankster in the gang?
We’re all chilled-out. Keyboardist Pozy is serious; doesn’t drink, doesn’t party. Guitarist Abhijit is the backbone of the band — he’s on his own trip, missing half the time! When he’s on stage with us, we all feel his energy. Drummer Shiraz is a really fun guy. He sends out waves of energy to the rest of the band on stage. The chicks love him! Bassist Papal has taken Shkabang to the next level. I’m upto no good most of the time, but am responsible when it comes to the band.
Are you guys into desi-rock?
We’re pretty elastic as far as the genre is concerned. I’d say we’re fun-rock.
We heard you’re working the band’s working on an album. What’s the theme like?
There’s no structured theme to the songwriting. Random thoughts have come together to form our set list. I recently realised that a lot of our songs talk about the power of the people, the selfish, corrupt decisionmakers we come in contact with, and wanting to not conform with the norms of the society. It sounds quite serious on paper, but is not preachy.
What’ll the first video be like?
The video is for a song called I Like Crazy. It’s been shot and edited by Shiraz himself. We basically got dressed up and had lots of fun! There’s an electric chair and a strait-jacket besides us, jumping around. It’s just the band, that’s all.
Will the band ever compose for Bollwyood?
Shiraz has shot music videos for films, Abhijit works with Vishal and Shekhar and Papal plays with them. So we’re pretty immersed in Bollywood as it is!
Are you excited to perform in Delhi?
I can’t wait to bring the boys to my hometown! My school friends are the only ones who know just how long I wanted to do this. As we Delhiites say... bahut feel aayegi!
Catch the band live at Hard Rock Cafe, Saket on February 25