Abhiruk Patowary is a young multi-instrumentalist from India, who is about to launch a debut album with his project GAIA. In an interview for our website Abhiruk lets us know about his musical beginnings, the album, his future plans…
Let’s start from your early music beginnings. How did your musical career begin? When did you start playing? Which groups have been your favorites? Please tell us something more about your early life.
I started playing piano around 9 years ago. I was playing Western classical music until a fine day I heard some kids in my school play metal and I became obsessed. Ever since it was my dream to form a metal band and write an album. After which I started to play drums which was one of my first steps of playing metal, then I learned bass and then finally guitar.
Opeth and Pantera were my gateway drug to metal and have been my influences. Apart from these two, for this particular bands modern metal bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, August Burns Red, Periphery, TesseracT, Skyharbor, were some of my influences.
As for my early life, I don’t think I can answer that since I’m too young to have an early life.
How did you go about forming Gaia? Who was the most influential when the band started its musical journey?
I wanted to write groovy metal core stuff, but couldn’t find people to join me so I wrote the entire album on my own. Then I got Nathan from Intervals to play drums on five of the tracks. One particular thing that has been really influential is going to gigs and seeing bands both underground and international.
In the beginning, did you have some “fixed” tempo in composing songs or everything was a product of jamming, improvising?
All the basic structures were basically me noodling around the guitar for hours and recording it on my laptop.
How would you describe Gaia’s music on your own?
Gaia’s music is simple, groovy modern metal music. I think that’s the best how I can describe it.
Tell me about the writing and recording phases of your debut album Aerial.
After I get the basic structure done, I start to layer with other guitar sections and synth parts, then I track bass and finally the drums. Before tracking drums I roughly program it just to have an idea.
How do you see the metal scene in India? Can you recommend us some bands to check out?
Metal scene in India is growing rapidly and there are many potential bands which maybe be big names in the future. Some bands you can check out are Goddess Gaggged, Scribe, Acid Pit, Dymbur and Warwan.
Do you consider yourselves a part of any specific cultural movement, however peripheral?
No I don’t really think so.
Are you also involved in any other projects or bands beside Gaia?
Yes. I also play bass for Acid Pit and drums for Paroxysm.
So, what comes next for Gaia?
Next step for Gaia is to go live, find musicians to join the band, which has been started and also start to write Gaia 2.