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Arav Krishnan – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

A: I’d describe myself as an independent rock/metal musician , and that my music reflects my emotions , moods , and inspirations at a given point in time , which is why my releases are in so many different subgenres of rock and metal , going from instrumental post rock and post metal to thrash with different releases.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

A: So , my name is Arav , and I’m a 17 year old from Bangalore, India. I started playing guitar about 4 and a half years ago , composing from about 3 , and professionally releasing music for about 2. I initially picked up the guitar as a hobby , but as I played more and more , I started to fall in love with the instrument , and along the way , I had the opportunity to attend some spectacular rock and metal gigs thanks to my dad and some close family friends who got me into rock and metal [ U2 in Mumbai in 2019 , and Suffocation at Bangalore Open Air in 2019 stand out in particular ] , which really blew my mind and kind of led me to dream about being a professional musician myself haha. So since then , I’ve been writing and producing my own stuff [ except for this single and the upcoming album it’s the single of , which is produced by one of my mentors and a legend in the Indian metal scene , Nikhil Wartooth ] , and been trying to make a career out of it!

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

A: A lot of things inspire me when I write new music , for example , the bands I’m listening to at that particular period of time , the genre I’m into at that moment [ such as thrash and groove when I wrote this song , and post rock and post metal when I released some instrumentals after this song had been out for a few months. I like to write about abstract ideas , my emotions , ideas such as outer space and time , and about any topic that interests me or provokes me in a manner than brings out my creative side.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

A: There’s nothing I’d love more than to make this my career , where I’d be able to make money off my own music and write music , tour , play shows, and produce other bands as my lifestyle… that would truly be awesome haha.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

A: I’ve had a couple , but I think my feature on Rolling Stone India and the newspapers when this song first came out takes the cake. The gig I played last month and the reception to that is a pretty close second! I don’t really chase validation , but I will admit it does feel great when your hardwork is recognized and appreciated haha.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

A: I won’t lie dude , it is extremely tough. I’m just trying my best to be consistent , and to keep trying to better myself , both at playing guitar and singing , and with writing music and the production aspect of things. I also keep trying to look up new ways to try to get my music to a larger audience, I’m hoping I’ll break through soon!

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

A: I usually open for some of my friends who are usually artists whose music I’ve helped produce , such as my gig last month , or I get in contact with a venue and coordinate a show for myself , either as a solo act or with a supporting band. I’m trying to bring an official Arav Krishnan show with a backing band in a couple of months , and I’ll get the ball rolling on that as soon as my upcoming album has been mixed and mastered and is ready for release.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

A: I can see both sides of the argument over downloading music , but for me personally , as long as people are listening to my music it doesn’t really matter. More than the money , what really matters for me is that people listen to , and enjoy my music , and whichever medium that is through , I don’t mind!

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

A: Oh man , there’s about a 1000 songs I could talk about which regards to that haha , but if I had to choose just one , it would be Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden. Absolute metal perfection , the harmonies , the melody , the song writing , the lyricism , everything is beyond top notch , and that particular song played a massive part in iunfluencing my style of writing music.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

A : Quite a few things , actually. I don’t like the way a lot of music goes viral , on aspects that aren’t even related to the music [ the looks of the singer , etc… you know what I’m talking about ] , and I feel rather than completely being treated a sa business , it should bring back a little bit more of its focus on letting creativity shine through , not mediocre hits’ destined to make a label big bucks.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

A: I’ve got a post metal instrumental song coming out on the 5th of December , and next up , sometime next year , my full length thrash/groove metal album will be ready to be unleashed haha. I’ve been working on that for ages with my producer , and it’s going to be the absolute heaviest , meanest material I’ve ever written! To Take The Fall is actually the first single from the album.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

A: I’ve got my own website , I sell my merchandise on ArtBlot.in , and I have my own Patreon page! Here’s a hyperlink with links to everything related to me and my music, cheers!

– https://withkoji.com/@Arav_Krishnan

Arav Krishnan links:
Band/Artist location – India
Website – You Tube – Bandcamp – Merch – 
Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer – WithKoji
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