ID: Hi Aniket, how you been doing?
Aniket: Very well….thank you for having me on board your website. It’s an absolute honour!
ID: How are things going with Sceptre?
Aniket: Things are very upbeat in the Sceptre camp. Though we’re not playing gigs at the rate we used to, we are concentrating on writing new material and working towards an EP or maybe an album….who knows! But whatever it is we don’t miss our weekly jam sessions and that keeps us going.
ID: Today you completed 13 years when you officially met Janus and formed the band… How do you feel about it?
Aniket: It’s a very satisfying feeling, and has definitely earned us the bragging rights for a long time!!. We might not have achieved gigantic album sales, worldwide recognition and stuffs like that but, we have stuck to our guns from the very beginning and continue to do so. There are times when I think back about the bands, the people who started their musical journey with us but for some reason cudn’t make it last for a long time. That’s when I feel continuing this band for so long wasn’t a mistake. It’s not just a band for us, it’s a way of life now. And yeah, it was Teemeer who first met me and then we roped in Janus Sayal to handle the bass dept.
ID: You have been the one who has spent almost the whole life span of this band being the constant member – do you feel that you have achieved what initially you had thought while forming this band?
Aniket: Initially it was just the love of playing ‘live’ that got us into music and obviously playing covers of our fav bands. We’d never decided that this is the direction we had to go at. But yes, I’ve gotta admit it after all these years, we have proved to everyone that Sceptre stands for ‘integrity’ and ‘honesty’. Those are the very elements of metal. Being true to your craft and sticking with it thru thick and thin. That’s according to me is the biggest achievement for us.
ID: What did you do to sound different from other bands and drummers?
Aniket: I kept a simple rule in mind. “Never try to sound heavy just for the sake of it!” I hate it when bands try to sound obnoxiously heavy to impress their audience. Even if you’re a metal band, try to go with the feel of the song without thinking of playing blast beats and going gung-ho on the double bass.
ID: Have metal bands always been your inspiration?
Aniket: To a large extent ..YES! But I’m also an ardent rap, retro music lover. That kinda I guess struck a chord with me somewhere in my childhood and of course watching my deceased uncle Sanjay Waghmode listening to Floyd, GNR, Rush etc. I would actually consider him as my biggest inspiration till date, more than any band in particular. Not just in the musical sense but also as a human being. He was a class apart! R.I.P.
ID: Do you play for any other band except sceptre?
Aniket: No Fuking Way!! I want to be remembered as a guy who gave his blood,sweat and tears for Sceptre, and not someone who plays for a million bands just to feel like a rockstar. Amen!
Aniket: Keeping a metal band alive for 13 years definitely comes with it’s own share of problems. Most important of them being finding like-minded people who share the same love for the music. You can’t guarantee someone’s loyalty in a band. There were times when you feel this is all a waste of time, specially in a country like ours. I can’t even remember how many times i was on the verge of quitting the band. It just gets to you after a point. You have to keep your focus on your goal. That’s it.
ID: What were your major influences? Do you think people are getting habitual of the conventional practices in their style?
Aniket: Ohh God…bands like Metallica, Megadeth…the Big 4 basically! RATM, Sepultura, Obituary etc to the new ones like Gojira, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, LOG keep influencing me till date. No, if you look around you’d see musicians are evolving in their own little ways.
ID: How do you sync your parts with rest of the players?
Aniket: When i first listen to a new riff or a song, I go completely blank….hehehe seriously!! It takes me some time to decipher the riff and gradually I move towards playing grooves with it. Then after dabbling around for a bit, we all mutually decide which beat goes perfectly well with a riff.
ID: Could you advice on how to record drumming parts for an album or an Ep?
Aniket: Recording for an EP or an album is a very mentally as well as a physically draining exercise. If you’re not ready with your parts, never record. That said, it all boils down to how good a drummer you are when it comes to playing with a metronome. If you can’t play on a ‘click’, you’ll have a nightmare at the studio. I remember, recording the drum parts for our debut album ‘Now or Never’ in 3 days flat. I had never imagined I could do that. And that too on a real drumkit with all the mics and a huge headphone on my head going tik-tik-tik. Also, if the guy recording your parts is a former drummer it helps a lot too. So, if you haven’t practiced with a metronome yet, it’s not too late.
ID: How would you describe the experience with your first drum kit? Could you give a brief description of the setup you use?
Aniket: Damn….my first drumkit was a disaster. It was a custom made Gladnick kit with really bad hardware. The cymbals were no good either. I’d bought it from a jazz drummer. But I enjoyed playing on it and never was I ashamed of owning it! Then somewhere around 2003-04 (i’m not sure) Furtados decided to give me a Mapex V series kit just like that. I just had to invest on the skins and the cymbals. I now have a wine red Mapex V series drumkit with three rack toms, one floor tom and a 22″ bass drum. I use a Sabian 16″ thin crash, a 18″ medium crash, a 18″ crash ride and a 18″ China. All Sabian!! I have a Mapex double-bass pedal and use Evans skins and Chancellor 5A sticks.
Aniket: Thanks to technology, nowadays we can programme drums and save ourselves a lot of time and energy. When it comes to live shows, you’re totally at the mercy of the organisers. You cannot expect the same set-up as the one you use at home for a live show. 90 out of 100 times the kit is completely different in set-up and sound and the drummer has to know the songs inside out to save himself from his bandmates’ wrath backstage.
ID: How important is it to change the gears for a drummer? How have you been changing it over this massive period of time?
Aniket: Very important. It’s a sign of his musical evolution. That said I just changed my bass drum batter head 6 months back to a brand new head. I haven’t bought any new cymbals because of the space constraints where we jam. I bought a new Mapex drum throne last year which suits me perfectly as I had serious back problems due to a faulty throne earlier.Yeah…that’s all.
ID: What do you feel about the present rock scene of India?
Aniket: The rock scene in India is at an all-time boom. Bands going international is a very promising sign. The rock communtiy abroad is taking serious notice of Indian bands and that’s really great.
ID: Most of the drummers they come up without having proper tutorials regarding notations and all..What do u think about it?
Aniket: Well…you’re talking to one. I’m not a notation-oriented drummer myself. But I still teach my students all the stuff I know. If you can kick ass on stage behind the kit,that’s all that counts, no one’s gonna peep into your notation sheet.
ID: What musical direction the band is heading into at the moment?
Aniket: We wouldn’t like to be categorised into any genre, but we are going in a diff tangent musically at the moment. The new stuff is insanely fast and powerful. if you’d compare the songs on the debut album and the new songs, you will know what I’m talking about.
ID: Alright, just take up this moment to express your perspective on life and being a drummer … and anything you wish to say to our viewers!!
Aniket: I take life as it comes. I never plan things. Being a drummer and businessman is something I take immense pride in. Watching my 2 and a half year ol’ daughter goofing around my kit at home makes me wanna continue this passion till my last breath. The guys at Indian Drummer.com are doing a fantastic job. Keep it up! Finally the drummers are being noticed!
Nice talking to you aniket wishing you heartiest congratulations on the successful 13 years of scepter and best of luck for future!
Thank you so much! Adios!