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Rocking Delhi with some funk

The forte of their music is versatility. The Dopppler Effect band was formed in 2010 with a view to revive the lost glory of the glam/classic rock ages and bring it upto date with a different twist, by introducing elements of hard rock, progressive rock and funk into the general sound.

With members Ashwin Nayar on lead guitar, Akshay Johar as bass guitarist, Sherry Mathews as lead vocalist and Suyash Gabriel on drums, the band thrives on experimenting with sound and works on achieving a refreshing balance between both technical and musical aspects of their songs.

The name Doppler Effect bears an uncanny resemblance to the concept in physics, which states ‘for waves that propagate in a medium, such as waves, the velocity of the observer and of the source are relative to the medium in which the waves are transmitted.’

‘We got the name while we were performing at BITS Pilani. At that time, we were nameless. Doppler Effect came about as a need of the hour merely through intution,’ said Sherry Mathews.

The Delhi-based band classifies its genre of music as Progressive Funk Rock [consisting of Funk, Progressive, Experimental and Hard Rock].

They are highly inspired by artistes like Tool, Mr. Big, Extreme, Rush, Audioslave, Dream Theatre, Muse, Advaita, Avial, Soulmate, Manhattan Transfer and Pink Floyd which often get reflected in the music they play.

‘The Doppler Effect is proficient in presenting a blend of several originals and covers of all these legends. Our music is an aural treat that leaves a grinning, gaping and gasping effect across audience at the same time,’ said Mathews.

The band boasts of several credits for performing at Woodstock, SRCC and at Harmony 2011, St Stephen’s college, MDI, TERI university. Their short stint on Channel [V] Launchpad Prelims held at the Capital is worth a mention. ‘We bagged the best band, best bassist, and best drummer at MDI and came first at the Channel V event, following which we played in Goa at the finale,’ said Mathews.

Are there any creative differences cropping amongst them? ‘We have them often but then all differences melt down to what is best for the band,’ pointed out Sherry.

Sherry feels that the music scene in Delhi has witnessed an exponential growth in the past few years. It has a long way to go before it becomes a way of life for people. ‘But we feel the needed infrastructure is now in place for bands. The access to recording studios and jam pads is now easier than before. But still the set up is smitten by money constraints,’ he says.

‘It’s been over a year and we are not able to record our compostions to be used as a portfolio,’ quipped Sherry.

Their upcoming gig at Hard Rock Cafe is another creative exploration towards their journey of fame. ‘We hope that it will serve as a platform that gives us an exposure to a huge pool of music lovers. We can’t wait to make new fans. People here love you if you perform well,’ he signs off.


At: Hard Rock Cafe, Saket
When: 27 September
Timings: 9 pm onwards
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