A Mumbai-based five-piece band Daira recently released their self-titled debut album
Daira, a Hindi band with a progressive rock sound was established in 2014. The band comprises Piyush Kapoor (lead vocals), Chaitanya Bhaidkar (lead guitars/vocals), Vikalp Sharma (guitars/vocals), Govind Gawli (bass) and Pratik Kulgod (drums). Every band member has had a varied influence as each one comes from a different background. As a band collectively they love Pink Floyd, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Avial, Shpongle etc.
DJM: Could you take us through some highlights of your debut album?
Daira: In our debut album, we have expressed various human emotions through different songs. For example, Har Subah talks about the extent of depression in which a person may get suicidal. Meri Soch is an endeavor to spread the message of freedom of thought. Mohabbat Pari is a daily romantic song which talks about the feeling of being in love. From music point of view, all the songs are very different from each other.
DJM: What’s the most ‘rock star’ thing that you guys have ever done?
Daira: While Govind has gone on stage bare chested. Piyush although not proud of it has got down from the stage and beat a guy up because he was swearing at a bandmate. Another thing that he remembers is when he got drunk in a hummer limousine in Dubai and attended a Radio interview fully drunk.
DJM: The strangest venue at ever played?
Daira: It was an ashram in Vile Parle, Mumbai where we played for the opening ceremony of an NGO for children education. The venue was inside a temple premises and had a rather quiet vibe. We were extremely happy to have some kids follow the band and head bang.
DJM: How is Daira placed for the year? Do you have a schedule or prefer to take it as it comes?
Daira: We usually take things as they come. But we have some shows lined up like the Monsoon Festival in Chennai, Hornbill Nagaland. We have also started working on our next album and our first music video.
DJM: Has the Internet helped spread the word about the band and its music?
Daira: It certainly has. In fact, we are very fortunate to be born in this era of internet. With the help of internet we have been able to have our listeners not just in various parts of India but we are also happy to have some listeners in UK, Dubai, US, Japan etc.
DJM: What is your opinion about bands composing music for films?
Daira: It’s a very welcoming thing, but as long as the band doesn’t have to compromise with their originality. This reflects the open-mindedness of today’s film makers. There are a lot of directors like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee who are coming up with experimental stuff which requires music composed by bands to go along. Our producer Vishal J Singh has been adding his experimental layers for some movies lately. We always felt happy to see bands like Peter Cat Recording Lab, Bhayanak Maut, Indian Ocean adding their music to the movies.
(Their debut album, released independently, is now available on oklisten.com. You can listen to it here: https://www.oklisten.com/album/daira.)
Daira will be performing at blueFROG, Pune on October 14, 2015 at 9 pm.