InRegalia Interview 12/02/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who’s your biggest influences
Vijay: We’re a 5 piece Rock band from India that plays Rock laced with subtle elements of Indian Classical Music. Some of our influences are AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Indian artists such as Motherjane and A.R Rahman.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Vijay: I use a variety of different approaches. I use the idea as a ‘seed’ and then work off of it. The ideas could come to me from any situation or experience. Some examples could be a guitar riff, a vocal melody idea, a percussive groove I’ve heard on a song and at times it could come to me when I’m in a totally non-related musical situation. Basically, I just keep my senses open to anything I perceive as an idea.
I then write the lyrics to these ideas based on what I feel about the different situations or circumstances and the observations I’ve made about life in general. At any given point of time, there’s atleast a few ideas at the back of my head. I don’t necessarily sit down to finish it immediately until I feel I have something to help complement the idea.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
Vijay: ‘Lalitha’ I’d say is our most favourite song which we also love performing live as well.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Vijay: Given the pandemic, we’ll have to wait till life gets back to some normalcy. Touring is always on the cards.
MM: What can we expect from InRegalia live
Vijay: Quite a few of our songs are sing alongs. So, there’s plenty for the audience to get engaged as well. Don’t be surprised with the odd improvisational versions of our songs and some covers as well.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Warren: Sting with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Steely Dan featuring Ricky Lawson on drums and John Mayer.
Keith: It would be a dream come true for me to tour with Dream Theatre, Guns N Roses and Hillsong United.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Vijay: I’ve been to many concerts but if I were to choose one memorable concert, it would have to be Blackmore’s Night at The House of Blues in Chicago. It was quite a different setup than the traditional arena rock concerts I’ve been to. I was not sure what to expect since it was neither Deep Purple nor Rainbow. But nonetheless Ritchie put on a fantastic show with some really good music. In all, just to watch the guy burn up the fretboard was pure bliss.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with InRegalia
Vijay: To me the listeners and fans are most important. The very first set of listeners and fans who absolutely enjoyed the songs gave me a sense of fulfilment and I feel has been the most important accomplishment with the band so far. Being able to move listeners with music, is the most precious feeling for any professional musician in my view.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Vijay: The untitled fourth album of Led Zeppelin was an eye opener for me into the world of Rock and Metal which until that point of time was limited to a few bands and artists in those genres. On the other hand, ‘Balance’ is in my view the best album by Van Halen. Everything in terms of song writing, production and of course the guitar wizardry is something that amazed me.
Pete: Michael Jackson’s Thriller was a pivotal musical moment for me. Till then I was on a diet of 80’s pop but his music opened up so many windows in my mind. That even within a genre like pop, one could have so many influences within; be it rock, RnB or reggae. I carry this ‘blending of genres’ thought process with me even today and it greatly influences how I think about music, ours or otherwise.
My love for rock really spawned with Def Leppard’s Adrenalize. This album opened my ears (and heart) up to the sounds of twin guitars, electronic drums and of course that Def Leppard signature vocal harmony. I always urge all my band mates to sing because when we do that well, the feel of our live sound just opens up. And then it’s just us and the audience riding along till the end.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Vijay: The first time I ever played live with a band was when I was living in Indianapolis. I played with a Rock band at a bar located in the north west suburb of the city. For any first performance like this you will have jitters but after we began it was all a matter of being in the ‘zone’. Some of my other band mates had played in bands before but for me I finally felt like I took the first step in my music career. It was and still is a matter of listeners relating to the music and taking back some good memories.
Keith: It was at St. Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai during my junior college days. We all were pretty nervous as it was the first time for all of us back then but we eventually nailed it and took away the spot of 2nd runners up which was a feeling of accomplishment at the time.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Warren: I didn’t have my own room but band practise space had Bon Jovi and Aerosmith posters.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Saurav: It's a very difficult question to answer because of how wide a spectrum rock and metal combined covers. If it had to be one guy it would probably be Elvis because of the flash and show he brought to music. Suddenly the industry went from being just audio to a full scale audio-visual experience.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Vijay: At this point we’re focussed on getting our music to as many listeners and building on our fanbase.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Pete: Queen’s Too Much Love Will Kill You’ has Freddie Mercury sing with such raw emotion. As a rock singer, I’d love to be able to sing this ballad with that kind of intensity because it is such a challenging song to sing well while channelling that emotion.
Saurav: ‘Number of the Beast’ by Iron Maiden because every time I hear the song it reminds me why being in a rock band is the coolest job in the universe.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Vijay: You’ll get to listen to an ethnic brand of Rock. So, there’s something fresh for Rock / Pop music listeners to listen to. Not to mention most of the stories we tell are unique to India and the city of Mumbai in particular.
MM: Four words to describe InRegalia
Vijay: Energetic, Powerful, Soulful, Anthemic
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Vijay: We’ve got a string of releases coming up and a ton of music you can check out. Stay tuned!
InRegalia band bio
Based in the city of Mumbai in the western part of India, InRegalia is a band which plays Classic and Alternative Rock with elements of Indian classical music.
The band was founded by guitarist Vijay Fernandes. They were later joined by vocalist Peter Abraham, drummer Warren Swaries, Keith Pereira on keys and Saurav Das on bass. The band has been active on the Indian indie circuit playing at a number of venues in their home city and across the country.
InRegalia has released three singles and two EP’s thus far. The band has received positive reviews and coverage in the press and blogs and their music has been aired on over 200 indie radio stations and podcasts worldwide.
The band is currently working on a string of singles culminating with an EP all of which is slated to be released this year.
Their music is available on all the major digital retail outlets and streaming platforms.
InRegalia band line-up
Peter Abraham – Vocals
Vijay Fernandes – Guitars
Keith Pereira – Keyboard
Saurav Das – Bass
Warren Swaries – Drums