Daksh is a Delhi band that has been making all the right noises. It has Kavish Mishra on lead vocals, Mohit Vig on lead guitar, Kartik Dev on rhythm guitar, Rishabh Dev on violin, Neeraj Srivastava on drums, Partho on bass, Gaurav Sharma on keyboard and Kanoo Sahajwala on tabla. Millennium Post caught up with the band. Excerpts from the interview.
What’s the story of your band?
The name Daksh was given by Kavish Mishra. He is the founder and was instrumental in putting the band together. Daksh is Hindi for dexterous. It also means perfection. We always try to compose or play music that is perfect. We started out in 2007. We’re all Delhi based music professionals. We are not like other school bands out there who play music as an extracurricular activity, for monetary interest or popularity. We all wanted to carve a niche for ourselves as a professional music band or group. That’s the story behind Daksh. What brought us and kept us together unlike a lot of bands which fall apart is the fact that we were all from different backgrounds and music sensibilities, but one thing which is common in all of us is an awesome sense of Indian classical music.
Where are your influences?
We are inspired by AR Rahman and his compositions. Various genres of western music get fused in a seamless manner with Hindustani music. And look at where he’s taken Indian music now.
Any bands you follow or any particular genre you swear by?
The bands we follow are Nirvana, Rahman and Pink Floyd. Our genre is Hindi-Rock but we also play Sufi.
Tell us about your music?
Uptill now we have five original compositions of our own. All of these have been written, composed and played by us. Two of these originals also have videos that have been shot to support the song. One is – Hai Dua and the other song which has a music video is Din Dooba. Our other original compositions are Do Pal and Tu Hi. We have also composed an instrumental track taking our influence from. Rahman and that track goes by the name Tank.
Where do you see this going five years down the line?
Five years from now we see Daksh as an entity and individually marking our presence in the Hindi film music industry. Our aim is to see Daksh topping the Indian music charts.
At: Life Caffe, B-49, Inner Circle, Connaught Place
When: 2 November
Timings: 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm