22 year old drummer Karan Singh plays for and peter cat recording [ pcrc ]. Bit by the drumming bug when as a 4 year old he got his hands on a kit. His drumming idols are Mike portnoy and Thomas Haake.
ID: Karan , you have influence of some great drummers , What have you taken from them & put into your playing?
Karan :- I think every drummer has a unique skill and style of playing, still it is very inspiring and you learn a lot from these marvels.
ID: Please describe your Journey from being in Lycanthropia to pcrc ?
Karan: – after joining petercat, I got this new dimension to drumming which filled in perfect with lycanthropia as well. so far the journey has been great.
ID: Describe your drum-kit set-up?
Karan :- (very basic) … premier drumkit, sabian AA vintage dry-ride(21in), janus double bass pedals, meinl china(18 in), zildjian zbt series crash(18in).
ID: Buying a drum-kit in India is pretty expensive, how did you manage that?
Karan:- saved for it !! haha
ID: What is your basic warm-up routine & how regularly do you practice?
Karan:- When I started playing I almost screwed up my school exams, practiced 3 to 4 hours in a day. Now it’s different with work and the bands, still taking out 3 days apart from the jam time is good enough for me. Basic warm up routine is nothing, a stretching exercise, pushups and start rolling! lol.
ID: What according to you are the important pre-requisites & attitude for a drummer?
Karan:- Stay positive and never close yourself to any kind and form of music.
ID: Does watching other good drummers inspire you to add their stuff to your drumming?
Karan:- I feel that is very important, That’s what makes you put that extra effort one always needs.
ID; How would you describe your drumming style?
Karan :- I dont know whether to call it a good thing or bad, I most of the time try and play with the feel and flow. I end up playing the same songs sometimes very different. I like that.
ID: Who do you think is the best Indian Drummer out there?
Karan:- A lot actually, I think Yuvraj from Undying inc. is definitely worth watching.
ID: Playing with different musicians and different kinds of music, like for lycanthropia you played hardcore metal and now PCRC completely different kind of music, how has that helped your drumming?
Karan:- Playing with different musicians always help you grow. You break the routine playing and try something new. For me in PCRC, I couldn’t have continued with the same style of playing this gave me an opportunity to concentrate on new sound and tweak my basics.
ID: Does playing with both bands require a completely different approach & mind-set or is there a common thread running through them both? How do you adapt?
Karan:- I think the way any drummer plays never changes no matter what genre he plays for. But of course one has to adapt to the bands mindset and thinking, I order to be on the same plane and for the band to sound as a complete one unit.
ID: During the song composition process what is your as a drummer while the songs are being composed.
Karan :- It’s quite different for both the bands actually, but I never hesitate to try make a change in the song writing even if I have to hum out the tune. At the end of the day, your song needs to sound just perfect. It doesn’t matter from where the inputs are coming.
ID: How do you handle & manage the odd disagreement & occasional difference of opinion that is bound to occur sooner or later between individuals?
Karan: - haha, that always happens, small disagreements and differences show that everyone cares for the band and thats what matters.
ID: Congratulation on your debut album “Sinema”, Tell us about the whole experience to making of an album.
Karan:- 1st of all, I love the album, it s a tart. The best part is that it feels better playing these songs rather than just listening them on your headphones.
ID: What thoughts run through your head just before a live gig & just before a studio recording?
Karan: To rip the stage apart and give my best.
ID: How do you handle the on-stage pressure?
Karan:- I never have any sort of pressure playing anywhere anytime. Thats the best thing about playing your music, it takes off the pressure.
ID: On-stage mistake or mess ups…?
Karan:- all the time haha, but to realize that mistake is important or you will do it again! And of course practice harder lol.
ID: Does playing one bad show affect your drumming and odds between band members?
Karan:- it does, but for good. You get that fire in you to put in more effort. It’s natural to have that feeling. but never really creates any differences between us. We fight, abuse, bitch, but then thats love lol.
ID: Live gig or studio performance?
Karan:- both have their +’s and -’s. the studio gives you the right sound, but live shows are always full of energy and its fun.
ID: With lycans. You were more about speed and playing as hard as possible. But now in your album with PCRC, whole stuff in drumming has changed, how did this happen and what made you to change that mind set? How did you adopt this change???
Karan :-TIME. everyone grows with time, and ofcourse more practice, meeting more musicians, listening to new music, As a person you mature over time and so does your passion.
ID: While jamming with PCRC ,have you ever found yourself in a tough corner?
Karan:- never I think.
ID: Your recent performance?
Karan:- When we played at IIT kanpur, that was one of the times I had with the band and our very close friends NIGAMBHOD.
ID: How has every show helped you shape & sharpen your drumming chops & attitude towards drumming?
Karan:- I have become more confident over time with that.
ID: What has been the most fun part of the whole drumming journey?
Karan:- everything that is linked to it and my bands.
ID: What was the toughest part in drumming?
Karan:- for me. learning how to read music . I suck at it.
ID: How did touring with the band help you to get to know yourself & your fellow members’ various quirks & positive traits?
Karan:- If given a choice, I would be happy to spend my life for these 2 bands and travel with these assholes and just play.
ID: How much of a mental & physical impact do both(bands lycanthropia and PCRC) have, in terms of concentration, patience, energy required?
Karan Lycanthropia as given me immense physical strength and stamina, as far as mental impact is concerned, I take small intervals to regain the concentration or else you reach the break point and you snap.
ID: what roles do you see yourself play in the coming years to enhance the Indian drummers’ place nationally & internationally?
Karan:- play more gigs in India and start playing abroad.
ID: What are your hopes & dreams for your drum related future?
Karan:- everyone dreams to stick to this forever, I am no exception.
ID: Do you have any specific milestone that you would like to see yourself hit in the coming years?
Karan:- Ya, setting goals are important to keep you going forward in a direction and not getting lost. just keep on making good music and everything will fall in its place.
ID : Finally we would like to know about your perception of our idea of Indian Drummer, a dedicated platform for percussionists in India?
Karan:- of course. This is something that was long awaited and will definitely add to the music community.