Just to refresh that rusty memory; the last band that was featured in the series was Indian Ocean from New Delhi.
This time we are heading down south to Chennai to meet the alternative rock band known as, Junkyard Groove. The groovy members of this live performance band include Ameeth Thomas (vocals), Craig Maxworth(bass) and Siddharth Srinivasan (guitars). They have been around and performing for close to five years now.
We got around to Ameeth Thomas to share a little about the groove that goes with the band.
Describe a regular music making process.
There is really no fixed way in which we do things especially with the writing of our new album. With 11:11 and Nicer In A Minute some of the songs were written before the band was started. Most of the songs where written with one acoustic guitar and parts built around it. The new album is turning out to be very different.
Major Influences in your music?
Pearl jam, Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Artic monkeys, John Butler Trio, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Mute Math, Dub FX and the list goes on
Biggest challenge as an Indie band in India?
It’s like anywhere building a strong fan base. There are no short cuts to this.
How important is clinching a record deal?
If you ask me, not at all. With the advent of social networking and direct to fan base marketing there is really no need for a record deal. Another reason is studio and production costs have come down drastically, all you need is a good laptop a sound card, some recording software and it’s like you’re playing in the best studios in the world.
What was the band working towards to in the beginning and how has that changed thus far?
Not much has changed. We formed this band for the love of making and performing music. Only thing that has changed in the last 5 years is the scale at which we are doing it.
How does it feel to be onstage performing?
We are basically a live band that is how we built a fan base. We live to play live and love it more than life.
How different is JYG from the rest of the Indie Bands in India.
I do not know how different we are from the others. I guess that is not for me to decide. What I can tell you is that we not only concentrate on our music but all aspects of it. For example things like PR, marketing, composing, live performance, recording etc. Everything matters I guess. That is what bands here need to learn: Do not wait for someone to save you, save yourself.
Advice for people who might wanna form their own bands?
a. Have a f**k load of fun doing it
b. There are no short cuts to success.
c. Nothing good in life comes easy.
Future Albums? Upcoming gigs?
Right now the band is working on the next album and me (Ameeth) on my solo EP. As for gigs catch us on facebook and our website for updates.
Complete the statement: People who love ____ will love our music.
Pearl Jam, Incubus, Dave Matthews Band and John Butler Trio, you
Include 11:11 [bootleg] and Nicer In A Minute E.P. Both albums are readily available for download at www.junkyardgroove.net. All one has to do is sign up and you can download all their albums. It’s perfectly legal, if you are wondering that is.
11:11 [bootleg] was released early 2009. It features 11 tracks some of them having been featured in the Nicer In A Minute compilation as well. Some of the tracks starts with an Indian feel and later continues as a rock number. Folk You was one such track which also carried a couple of Tamil lines.
Interlude was a slow number accompanied with both rock music and Indian instruments. For one who is doubtful of JYG might wanna start with this track and move onto the rest.
It’s Ok starts with a quirky, lively feel to it and the energy is carried throughout the number.
Twinkle Twinkle starts as a laid back track and later takes upon layers. A tad faster than lounge music is what I would say.
Time you got your earphones and start groovin’
Thank you for tuning in!
Note: Image courtesy of www.junkyardgroove.net