Gautam : Its going good…gig season’s on so been pretty busy with stuff!! Other than that just quit my boring day job which felt damn good…haha!!
ID : How has been your journey with noiseware so far?
Gautam: It’s been awesome…never really expected it!!It’s just been 2 years and we’ve been doing pretty good…we just released an EP and now working on a full length album and working on our sound as a band…
ID: Oh yes and as you have mentioned about the EP your band had released… could you pls tell us bit more about it; the response you got and did it match your expectations??
Gautam : We never really had any expectations…haha!! Cause we were about to chuck all our old stuff and work on some new material but then we decided to make an EP…which actually got good reviews
ID : How did u pick up your career as a drummer? Could you tell us when did u started off with your relationship with your drums?
Gautam: I started playing at 15 and I knew it that this is what i wana do…i started with Metallica, maiden and loads of guns n roses then my guitarist Adhiraj and manager murali started a punk alt band in school and played a lota gigs through out college it was called the pristine theorm it got dissolved and i and adhiraj really wanted to work on some experimental prog metal project… then we got aniket, bob and karan pote!! Karan quit due to personal reasons and Aman took on the vocal duties of the band I recently joined reverse polarity…which has been so much fun as well… we had 2 insane gigs in chennai and Bangalore other than that I have a experimental electonica project coming up… which is a mix of electonica, jazz reggae, lounge music apart from all this i do sessions as well!!!
ID: You already answered one of my questions which i was about to ask… Pls describe your drum kit and any specefic changes you prefer in your drum kit? And what kind of cymbal set you use?
Gautam: I am a single tom boy…haha!! always used a 4 piece kit… somehow I’m not that comfortable on a 5 piece right now i use a mapex kit with Evans heads… as for my cymbals I’m endorsed to soultone cymbals
14’’China Custom Brilliant RA
13’’Hi hats Custom
I Also use a 14×5.5’’ black panther mechete snare drum, Vic firth…5A, 5B and 7A wooden tip sticks, pearl eliminator double bass pedals (red cam)
ID: Being in a city like pune, how hard do you find it to get exposure in form of concerts and stuffs like that?
Gautam: It is difficult as there are fewer gigs…but then YouTube’s always there…haha. I keep travelling to Mumbai to play with reverse polarity and try getting as much experience I can get from there… cause Mumbai’s got some killer drummers. I really admire Rahul Hariharan as he’s kinda mentored me… and i absolutely <3 jai row kavi, vinayak pol, gino banks and viru. Watching them play makes me feel like shit…haha but it pushes me to play better and try harder!
ID: What are your major influences..? And you play various genres… how do you feel that it helps you being more creative or is it easy to stick to one genre?
Gautam: As of now I listen to a lot of jazz, blues, reggae!!Just got out of a major karnivool phase…haha.. playing different genres really helps to build a strong base as you can add a lotta things to your arsenal right from fills to odd time signatures or to just keep a 4/4 groove. It is definitely easy to stick to one genre but then you’ll never improve as much as you would playing different styles of music…
The most awesome part about playing different styles of music is that you meet outstanding musicians from different backgrounds… And then they make you feel like shit yet again haha ..Which again pushes me to play harder…but jokes apart it’s not that i cant use a metal fill in my electrnonica project…Everything’s connected…So you will be able to relate some noiseware or reverse stuff even in my electronica stuff As for my influences there’s a loong list…which could take aprox 10000GB of space…haha!!
ID: What do you try to inculcate to get a different element in your drumming which could be your signature style or move?
Gautam: I don’t really “try to inculcate”…Thing is I don’t know shit bout reading sheet music…I play by ear…So i just sit on kit and just jam with myself Take a groove and just play around with it and after an hour it turns out something else…Apart from that i try listening to as much music as i can… i just go by flow…
ID: Just share your views on the recording experience you had so far?
Gautam: I programmed on dfh…it’s cheap and effective…haha. For album we going for live drums of course .But i programme what i play.. ( For the ep which was released)
Gautam: Yeah…very true!! I tell my students the same thing that you need to have patience especially with drums Cause it’s a very physical thing… another thing just play to a metronome A metronome is your best guide I use it for my jams and just started using it live as well…For everyone else who are not playing in a band…just find yourself one and play cause i’ve learnt most of my stuff by being with noiseware… they push me to be better!
ID: Maintaining a tempo for any particular song is very important… how do you go about it?
Gautam: just as I said…your metronome is your best guide if you are a metronome perfect drummer and you understand all the bpms well….you will automatically be good in studio and live situations.
ID: Do you follow any specific practice schedule or routine? What should a drummer keep in mind while practicing, like any specific focus point?
I generally have a 1-2 hours of practice routine where i practice my rudiments and sometimes mix it by playing a left had kit… that’s what i realized after all these years of playing that if your left side of your body is as good as your right then you’re the most sorted out drummer i tend to have a lot of jam sessions…which keeps me active To end with just a 3-4 km run makes it perfect…And ofcourse DONT SMOKE faggots…Haha:D
ID:What kind of techniques you use while tuning your drums?
Gautam: Basically i generally keep my tuning very low…cause i like the low end as it compliments what i play in noiseware at least…i make sure that my resonant head is lower and perfectly tuned than my batter head
for the whole kit.
ID: You are also a part of reverse polarity… how do you feel filling in Joshua’s shoes? What sort of experience you had playing with reverse polarity? What plans you guys are coming up with?
Gautam: I joined reverse polarity about a month back and we already had 2 headlining gigs in Bangalore and Chennai which was so much fun…the thing is Joshua and I go back to the times when he had dreadlocks and I had just passed by 12th exams we have similar backgrounds in drumming that’s why we connected so well still remember talking to him for hours about Travis barker…hahaha!!As for reverse we are working on some new material and plan to go into studio for a full length album… jamming and chilling with them has been so much fun…i really respect them to get all of this back together and everything we do now will be in memory of jhonny…
As for playing part it’s very different than noiseware cause noiseware is more of SLAM SLAM
And reverse is more of bounce and groove so i had to really work on my dynamics… I’m still getting a hang of their music as it’s still new to me… The way i play and even tune my kit has changed a bit just for reverse…
ID: When are you going to give us all a show in Delhi?
Gautam: Reverse and noiseware and I personally have been dying to play in Delhi… We’ve heard a lot about Delhi… Undying Inc and Grammy winning effort are my fav bands from Delhi would love to share the stage with em someday
ID: Hahahaa … sure and we are looking up to that glorious day to meet you and both noiseware and reversse polarity knocking over with some good music…m/
Gautam: Yesss…absolutely J
ID: Well, Gautam if you want to say something to our viewers, give any suggestion, express yourself…its your space.
Gautam: I really suck at this….but lemme try
“keep drumming, stop smoking”…hahaha!!
ID: Thanks again Gautam for this interview… God bless you!
Gautam: thank you…and wanted to say that i’ve been following Indian drummer for a long while now and it’s a very good initiative….keep drumming:)