InRegalia Talks of New Music, Building a Fanbase Plus More!

Ethnic elemental rock band INREGALIA have released an array of content since their forming. A couple of single's and 2 EP's so far, as well as all new material expected real soon. The band hopes to build up a strong enough fanbase and connections within the online and offline worlds. The band goes on to do lots more talking about their music and where their from plus more!

 1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band’s roots began in early 2011 when I met the former bass player through a musician who we were rehearsing with at the time.  It went through quite a few line-up changes until March of 2012 when Pete auditioned for the singer’s part and joined the band.  Finding a good and reliable drummer was the biggest obstacle.  I honestly have lost count on the number of drummers we’ve had to audition at around that time.  It wasn’t until April or May of the following year that we found Warren.  But we always felt we needed a keyboard player to complete the sound.  We’ve had a few good keyboard players who played for us during that time but it wasn’t until 2015 that we found Keith. Saurav took over the bass duties after our bass player quit the band.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The band’s name was one of the 25 or so names I’d come up with during the time I played with a couple of cover bands when I was in the US.  A lot of the band names resonated with Metal music which was not what I was looking to write.  Later when I moved back to India, I’d pretty much set my mind on InRegalia though I didn’t have a band.  Only when the band took birth did we christen it with the band’s name.  I intended for the music to reflect a bit of ethnicity but yet have it resonate with a mass audience.  So, in retrospect, the name made sense from that point of view.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

The band is based out of Mumbai, India.  The music scene is quite diverse culturally speaking.  Most people in India consume music that is written for the movies.  The Hindi Film industry (Bollywood) churns out music which is consumed by a majority of them in India and NRI’s abroad.  Apart from that we’ve got music by the regional movie industries associated with most of the states, Indian classical music and also Folk music.  Indie music, on the other hand is a niche genre though its steadily growing in popularity.  As a band, we love Rock music primarily but we also appreciate music of other genres.  It’s really one language to us.  A couple of Indian bands I would recommend checking out are Motherjane and Indus Creed, who’ve also influenced our sound to a certain extent.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our basic style is Rock music which we pepper with ethnic elements.  We use subtle technicalities of classical music and blend it with Rock.  Compared to Fusion music which involves the use of Indian instruments like the sitar or the tabla, we use the typical Rock band setup but with these subtleties thrown in.  Our style also involves the use of mainstream music structures to suit a mass audience.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released 2 singles and 2 EP’s thus far.  The singles have a decent spread between Classic Rock music and ballads.  The songs have been recorded, mixed and mastered with various engineers but on the last EP 3 songs were recorded, mixed and mastered in-house.  The production work for those songs were done by our drummer Warren.  So, he is our resident expert now when it comes to production work (chuckles).  

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes.  We have a single releasing on the 30th of this month.  It’ll be our first instrumental as well.  Also, we’re working on a string of single releases starting early next year leading up to the middle of next year before we release our next EP,

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We’re always excited about live shows and touring but at the moment given the pandemic we’ll have to wait till life returns back to some normalcy.  All musicians globally are missing the live gigging atmosphere, that’s really where you connect.  That aside, live streaming is a possibility as well in the near future.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

That’s a very complex question to answer for DIY musicians.  There’s lots of plans but it all boils to one simple thing really – Building a strong fanbase and connecting with them online and offline.  That’s what we’ll be focusing on going ahead.  

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to our music on all major digital streaming platforms.  You can also buy our music on Bandcamp.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That’s an interesting question which is a little subjective in nature.  Based on the feedback we’ve received so far; I would think a first-time listener would be familiar with the sound but yet find something different in the music. 

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