Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with InRegalia. A band based in the city of Mumbai in the western part of India, which plays classic and alternative rock with elements of Indian classical music.
1. How did you get started as a band?
(Guitarist Vijay Fernandes) The band’s roots began in early 2011 when I met the former bass player through a musician who we were rehearsing with at the time. It went through quite a few line-up changes until March of 2012 when Pete auditioned for the singer’s part and joined the band. A year later, Warren joined us after we’d auditioned several drummers. We’ve had a few good keyboard players who played for us during that time but it wasn’t until 2015 that we found Keith. Saurav took over the bass duties by the middle of 2018 after our bass player quit the band.
2. How would you describe your sound?
We play Classic / Alternative Rock laced with subtle nuances of Indian Classical / Semi-Classical music that we have grown up with. Just to give you some perspective, you could think of AC/DC or a Bon Jovi meets a dash of Bollywood music with a mainstream touch.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
We’ve been influenced by a number of bands and artists. Our sound is a melting pot will continue to evolve. I would say Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, The Police and Indian bands such as Indus Creed and Motherjane are just some of our influences.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
As an artist, we need to adapt to the ever-evolving music business. It was not too long ago that CD’s were popular but now you don’t find them in the latest desktops or laptops. Even though there’s aversion to some of the newer streaming platforms, we need to learn how to adapt to the music business models. So, it has not hindered us at all. Rather we’ve learnt how to embrace it and figure ways to get our music out there.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I’m a partner at a Performing and Fine Arts Institution. Apart from teaching, I also get involved with other music and drama projects from time to time. In my spare time, I like checking out movies. Occasionally I read a bit of poetry.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We want to develop a good and loyal fanbase. We’d also like to engage our audience and build a community of sorts. We’ve just had our first instrumental release as a single and we’ve got a string of releases starting early next year. There’s plenty of music to come. And with the right opportunity, we’d love to tour and make and meet new fans.