Soldier’s Love Official Music Video Release on 13th August,14
Soldier’s Love Official Music Video Has been Released Exclusively on Pepsi Mtv Indies & on our Youtube Channel. Watch the Video on www.YouTube.com/IndoGypsies
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Indo Gypsies loved performing for this event, hosted by VJ Nikhil Chinapa, which was telecast on MTV. It was our very first show in our new 'Desi' attire!
A live one-of-its-kind Radio Concert aired on Radio City 91.1 FM Pune on “World Music Day”, for which Indo Gypsies got a huge response from the listeners. They were nominated in the Radio City Freedom Awards for the ‘Best Folk Fusion Artist’.
Indo Gypsies performed for the grand success of this popular book at Taj Lands End, beautifully placed on the coastline of Mumbai. It was attended by all the big names in the Bollywood industry, as well as telecast on various News Channels.
Indo Gypsies were the show stoppers at the Wassup Andheri Festival. This fest is a plethora of celebrities, with rare and fascinating art forms held at Chitrakoot Grounds.
Indo Gypsies are the winners of Channel [V] LaunchPad 2013, judged and awarded by Colin D' Cruz, Raghu Dixit and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. It featured the best bands from cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Goa. Their winning performance was telecast on Channel [V].
Indo Gypsies had an awesome time performing here for an audience of over 3000. For this, they were awarded as the ‘’Tata Docomo Superstars Of The Year 2013’’.
Indo Gypsies were delighted to perform for the alumni meet of all the IBS branches around the country. The crowd literally jumped on stage crossing the barricades.
Indo Gypsies headlined for the promotions of the Movie “Desi Boys” attended by its star cast at Rithumbara Grounds. A huge crowd showed up at the event!
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It's all your love that made us reach till here. Read about the ups and downs in the journey of the band.
Indo Gypsies, hailing from Mumbai, is a Folk/Fusion/World Music band. Their music being firmly rooted in the Indian culture gives them their ‘Indo’ part. As for the ‘Gypsies’ side, everyone knows that gypsies are eternal travelers, treating the whole world as their home. Similarly, everyone from the band has an inclination towards a variety of genres, bringing a ‘World’ influence in their music. Their passion to experiment with these exuberant melodies and rhythms led to the creation of the band. Indo Gypsies seamlessly blend Folk music with a myriad of genres ranging from New Age, Western as well as Indian Classical. These folk appeal to a wide range of audiences, captivating everyone with their engrossing music and colorful, vibrant attires defining Indian culture.
In 2007, Nayan (Guitarist) being in engineering college, with a passion for music, had a concept of forming a band. However, he soon realized finding the members with his shared vision would not be as easy as it seemed. He struggled for four years doing this, but in vain. Finally, in late 2010, Nayan started jamming with his friends, mostly on Latin music. But they were in need of a keyboardist. Then, a few months later, Nayan met Durgesh (Keyboardist) at their college fest. (Yes they were in the same college but didn't know each other as they both never attended college). Durgesh agreed with Nayan's musical thoughts and decided to join in for jamming. This group eventually drifted apart, but Durgesh and Nayan was still firm on their vision to form a band. They then found Mahant (ex-Bassist), a guitarist as well as a college-mate, and the three of them started playing as an instrumental band. Having gelled pretty well, they performed for an inter-collegiate fest as the 'Farol Trio'(for the first and last time) on 2nd March 2010. Co-incidentally (or was it?), Saurabh (Vocalist) had also participated in the same festival but didn't happen to meet them. A year back Nayan had also approached Saurabh for the band, as they both used to play for local orchestras, Ganpati, Navratri Mandals, and whatever platforms they could find from 2005-07 (This has made them mentally tough for any and every sort of audience). But he had refused Nayan then because of his Final Year in IT Engineering. However, after his Engineering was complete, Saurabh decided (during a job interview) that he wanted to work towards his passion for music. Remembering the call from Nayan, he got back to him and enquired about the band's progress. The band, being in search of a vocalist, called him for a jam. Saurabh, jumped in at the opportunity, and got the 'Aadhar Card' of the band's family.
The name 'Indo Gypsies' was born in Nayan's head (a Goddess appeared in his dreams and suggested this name, at least that what he says) during his first venture. By the fear of being cursed, other members approved the name (Hahahahaa!) Through the next five months, we gradually completed the band with Chris on Bass, Sanchit on Drums, Sukrut on Tabla and Ameya on Percussions. Thus, Indo Gypsies had quickly grown into an 8-piece band!!! We then recorded our first song 'Zidd Dhariyo', and performed our first gig at Waves SeaRock Festival, Pune in October 2011. Shortly after that, Chris exited the band due to some personal commitments, and Rohan, a good friend of Nayan, and an awesome bassist, replaced Chris. He played for an original 'I Owe You', the only English number of the band (still confused with our genre!) We scored our first radio interview on Radio 90.8 FM Jago Mumbai with RJ Nimeet, featuring both of our originals. We were even awarded as '2011 Responsible Youth Talent' Award by Rotaract Club for our song "I'm Sending India To School" for a social cause initiated by Rotaract (woohoo our first award!). Our celebration for this faded fast, as Rohan couldn't keep up with the band shows due to his busy schedule. So finally, Mahant took a big step by shifting from guitar to the bass guitar. Thus, the number was now reduced to 7(still one too many).
Now, we had a number of shows with this line-up, and during one of such shows, a well known music directors' duo (please don't ask us their names) approached Durgesh to join in their studio for programming. Due to his studio schedule, he started missing out on the band's regular jam sessions. This gave way to a slow time for the band, as we were left with no shows for several months. Still, Indo Gypsies managed to create a buzz on the international radio channel, Radio ARA Luxembourg, Europe 103.3 FM 105.2 FM for two weeks from 27th May 2012 with their songs 'Zidd Dhariyo' and 'Soldier's Love'. Also, we released our Digital EP on 22nd July 2012, and got a huge response for it. Fortunately for the band, Durgesh eventually decided to quit his studio job and got back with the band, just in time for our next gig! However, the band was still in for a lot of changes. As time went by, we decided to combine percussions with Tabla under Sukrut, thus settling the band with a six-piece lineup (now, organizers would be able to afford our travelling costs!). As our journey continued, we realized our music was moving more towards Folk/Fusion/World music, blended in Indian roots. On 14th September 2012, we were honored to receive 'Tata Docomo Superstars Of The Year 2013' at the prestigious Shanmukhananda Hall, and also played an opening act for Indian Ocean at the same event. The year of 2012 then continued with a number of gigs.
Indo Gypsies began the next year with a bang, their song "Soldier's Love" featured in the compilation album, 'Best Of OK Listen Vol 1' with other leading Indian bands on 2nd Jan, 2013. We continued our winning streak by being awarded as India Fest Channel [V] LaunchPad winners on 18th Jan 2013. We were absolutely delighted to receive the ‘2013 Vocational Excellence Award’ by Rotary Club for our Achievements. Also, we performed for various music festivals, including Wassup Andheri by Times of India. However, over the course of time, the band had a major change in lineup, with Amit on Drums, Vinayak on Tabla, and Aditya on Bass. Indo Gypsies is now headed as one of the most prolific Folk/Fusion/World Music bands in India. We have been aired on various national Radios, namely Radio City 91.1 FM Mumbai, Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM Mumbai, and Radio City 91.1 FM Pune in 2013. Indo Gypsies were nominated for Radio City Freedom Awards 2013 and were featured in the Top Indian Folk/Fusion Artists by Planet Radio City 91.1 FM. Our performance was showcased on MTV in the show 'Rayban Never Hide Sounds'. Indo Gypsies' first ever documentary, showcasing their journey so far was telecast on the TV Channel City First in the show ‘Beat Street’. - To be continued...
Of all the things that he was supposed to be, the last thing Saurabh would have ever imagined was being a musician. His childhood till junior college days immersed in books of science, his aim was to be either an astronaut or a theoretical physicist. However, during his engineering days, he found his peace in music, and resolved to make a living out of it. Saurabh has had two years of Hindustani Classical training under the guidance of Sir Irshad Parkar. Being a Next Generation guy, Google has been his holy grail, learning Guitars, Keyboard, and Sound Programming all through the Internet.
Though he started singing pretty late, Saurabh has had a lot of varied musical likings, from Western Country and Pop, to Indian Sufi and Folk music. To the band, he provides this amalgamation of genres, essentially infusing Indo Gypsies with World Music. He also plays the guitars in the Flamenco style and a little of percussions in few of the band’s tracks. On the stage, you can see him dancing around, or at times, just lost in the music!
Saurabh believes talent is overrated, and that hard work can always outdo it. Off the stage, he’s a quiet guy, except when with his closest friends (then, just try and stop him). His heroes are an unlikely bunch, including rock climbers, businessmen, sporting legends, musical maestros(even anime characters!) and anyone who dared to follow their callings, rather than social conventions. In music, his all-time favorite and role model is Johnny Cash, with the Beatles, Indian Ocean, AR Rahman, Elvis Presley, Linkin Park and Queen being his other beloved acts.
Clad in Kurta, Dhoti, Kolhapuri chappals and ethnic Accessories, Nayan brings out the folk roots through his guitar and onstage appearance as well. He started playing guitar at the age of 15 and is a disciple of Sir Ramesh Iyer. He has completed his B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunications, and is also CCNA certified. But, his passion and out-of-the-box thinking never allowed him to take a job in the corporate world. While in college, he was playing for local orchestras, but always had an aspiration of making a mark in independent music.
Though Indo Gypsies was born in his mind, it took 4 long years and 40,000 phone calls (literally) to find the people with similar vision. He believes in a concrete musical arrangement, as well as strong melodic lines which are depicted very often by the clean tone of his guitar. His solos often transcend to very contrasting genres, like Rock, Blues, Classical, Country Western, etc. which he easily blends into Folk music. He even does backing vocals, as well as percussions as the need arises. His eccentric (to the line of being weird) thoughts always brings a concept to every track of Indo Gypsies.
Latin Jazz and Folk Music are his favorite genres, and sometimes you might find him listening to songs which can’t even be found on Google (May be that’s the reason the band believes he is born in the wrong era!!!). Santana, Al Dimeola, Paco De Lucia, Joe Pass, Indian Ocean, George Benson, John McLaughlin are few artists you would find on Nayan’s playlist. Talking about his personal side, he is very moody and barely predictable. Besides music, he is very much fond of doing theaters and penning poems, and loves spending time with plants, birds, fishes, insects and everything that is natural.
Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place.” This describes the odyssey of our Keyboardist. The oldest(eldest) member of the band, Durgesh was introduced to music at the age of 14 by his parents. He started with the piano pursuing his Trinity grades as a disciple of Swapnil Gawankar. Not having a keen interest in academics throughout his school and college days, Durgesh took a liking towards sports and music. Music from being his hobby quickly turned into his passion . His independent musical journey kicked off, scoring for school plays and short films. Very interested and curious about the deeper aspects of it, Durgesh started enjoying music production as well.
For Indo Gypsies, he adds a Western as well as an Indian Folk feel to the band’s music through his disport. Durgesh frequently uses a unique set of sounds, evolved and tailor-made to fit the needs of the band’s style of playing. You can hear him playing Western symphonies on those keys, and suddenly shifting to the melodic Indian style Violin solo, or sometimes even handling the brass sections in a song! He sometimes plays the Pianica with soothing melodies and also does backing vocals for the band.
Talking about his personal life, he is an easy going Desi guy with wacky dreams. You don’t have to be crazy to work with him; he will train you to be crazy in his own insane ways! Durgesh is a huge football fan, and a passionate driver. He is the customary appointed driver for all of the band’s outings. Apart from that he will always surprise you with his slapstick sense of humor and one liners. Durgesh loves listening to various kinds of music – Hindi Bollywood , Country Western , Alternative & Rock – his favorites being Amit Trivedi , A R Rahman , John Tesh, John Mayer , Coldplay and Owl City.
Some people realize their dreams as time passes by, while some start living it right from their school days. Amit, our drummer, started playing drums for the school assembly while just in the fourth grade, at the age of 9. Having no musical influences in the family, Amit had a knack for drumming, and decided to pursue it not just as a hobby, but as his life. He still believes his talent is a god-given gift, and his dedication to hone it further got him to the Top 5 Drummers of ‘Kurkure Desi Beats Rock On with MTV (Season 1)’.
Having played drums and percussions at a variety of stages, from local banjo parties to Punk/Pop Rock bands, Amit is adept in various musical styles. He brings in these flavors in the band’s sound, and makes it more expressive as well as groovy. He effortlessly syncs in these rhythms with the Tabla and other percussions as needed, to give a definitive, energetic and Folkish sound to Indo Gypsies.
Amit also has a passion for DJing, and is certified from India’s very first DJ Academy (DJ Nasha’s Workstation ). He is a happy-go-lucky guy, and you’ll never find him tensed in any kind of situation(including exams, break-ups, or money recessions). Loves customizing his bikes(as well as his looks), and is a fitness freak. He has a taste for genres like Progressive Rock, Punk, EDM, etc. , with his personal favourites among bands/artists being Porcupine Tree, Green Day, GnR, Adventure Club, Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell.
Born in 1992, Vinayak is the youngest member of the band. He started learning tabla at the tender age of 8 from Shri. Prashant Pimple. He is also disciple of Tabla maestro Dr. Aneesh Pradhan and Suryaksha Deshpande. Taking taalim from many gurus has enabled Vinayak to widen his horizons. He is recipient of prestigious Pt. V.D. Paluskar Award and Ustd. Amir Hussain Khan Saheb Award.
Learning Indian classical music for years has made it his forte. He adds the classical touch & Folkish feel to the songs with his soulful and innovative rhythmic patterns on tabla. His prowess in rhythms gives him an ability to play a wide range of percussions. This makes the rhythmic side of the band even stronger. He can tirelessly play tabla for hours , to the point that we have to literally make him stop during jams.
Vinayak is a very fun loving and outgoing guy. He is quite emotional at heart(his emotions come up when forced to leave the window seat while travelling with us). He believes in taking life as it comes and listening to his heart rather than mind. Other than music he also loves playing cricket & football, watching movies, reading books, trekking and travelling. He loves listening to Ustad Zakir Hussain, Sivamani, Trilok Gurtu and Taufiq Qureshi among others.
Originally from Imphal, Aditya came to Mumbai and did his graduation in B.Com from Mumbai itself. At his school in Imphal, he used to sing Manipuri folk songs, and although being praised a lot for his voice, no one actually noticed nor did Aditya think of taking up music as a career. In the last year of his college, he started to perform live with some friends and that was the time he decided to start his musical journey not just as a hobby but as a profession. He picked up the bass guitar for Indo Gypsies, and started learning from Sir Ramesh Iyer, and then the bass grooves and melodies all became more exciting than ever.
Aditya as a bassist in the band always tried not to stick to a common bass pattern or groove. He sews together the harmonies and rhythms under the cloth of Folk music. He always tries to improvise on his bass where ever possible. As is not in the normal conventions, Aditya even plays lengthy, and groovy bass solos for some of our tracks. He adds unusual patterns to the band’s music and ultimately creates some exciting and deep fusion.
He is very extrovert, and always excited about some or the other thing (but we never know what’s cooking inside his mind). Most of the time lost in his own world, he likes cycling and travelling, with no bounds with respect to the place or time. He loves to be left alone with a music programming setup, his guitar and his dog. He thinks dogs are a part of life, and so is music. Its difficult to describe Aditya’s favorites, but yes with the band he likes to listen to Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project, Euphoria, and other similar artists.
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Soldier’s Love Official Music Video Has been Released Exclusively on Pepsi Mtv Indies & on our Youtube Channel. Watch the Video on www.YouTube.com/IndoGypsies
The locations and scenes are all done and we’ll be off for the video shoot of “Soldier’s Love”, scheduled on 21st-22nd January, 2014.
Indo Gypsies had a tough time picking out the best act, judging ‘Musical Gizmos’, a Rock Band contest at IIT Mumbai for Mood Indigo 2013.
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