“The road is not easy, but it is definitely worth all the ride and obstacles”
“Yesterdrive”, as many of you would know, is an Indie band from New Delhi/Arunachal Pradesh, formed in the summer of 2013. The band consisting of Molee Lollen, Haggai Rongmei, Liem Ngadong, Kabir Jamatia and Ritesh Thapa, yield their influences from bands like “Kings of Leon”, “Ramones” and “The Strokes”. The band was born out of passion and continues to dive into music to bring back the sounds of the past.
How would you describe your genre?
– We play Indie Music. But everyone’s got their own concept of what we sound like.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business? Is it true that genuine artistes are being sidelined because the fan bases are mostly teens? What are your views?
– Internet is the Medium. No matter how much we try to ignore it, Facebook, websites, solo pages etc, are the prime spot to get to the masses. Artistes are not really sidelined. The world is moving in a fast pace and we need to catch up. The fan bases will keep growing, and what matters is the kind of speed where you try to make it grow. These days, teenagers listen to all kinds of music and they are quite the avid followers. So if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll sleep on you. Haha!
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
– It’s been 4 years as a band, but we have known each other for quite a while. We met in Delhi through mutual friends from the music scene.
What inspired you to make music together?
– We share a common view when it comes to music and we click together as a band. We are a family; as we say “ We’re In It Together”
Wherever have you guys performed?
– We’ve performed at “Mehboob Studios, Mumbai” (2014) , “Hornbill Festival, (2013) Nagaland”, “Ziro Festival Of Music, Arunachal Pradesh” (2013-2016), “Orange Festival”, Dambuk (Arunachal Pradesh) (2015) “Big Sunday”, Kolkata ( 2015), “Carpe Diem”, NALSAR University, Hyderabad (2016), Hard Rock Cafe Gurgaon, Hard Rock Cafe Delhi, Summer House Cafe, Hauz Khas Market (Delhi), etc.
So who writes the songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
– Molee (Vocalist) writes most of the songs. He comes up with the idea and then we all sit together while we are phrasing the lines. The main themes of our songs are all based on life experiences in a happy/mellow way.
What is your kind of music-making process?
– Usually we just plug our instruments in and play along. If we like some parts, we improvise on them. There has never been a “standard method” of song-writing for us as a band.
Has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
– Yes. We have grown more mature as individuals and as musicians. We have more fun on stage now than we did when we first took off.
What are you working on at the moment?
– We have just wrapped up the tracking of our new “EP”. It is still untitled and we can’t really tell the number of songs that will be in it. We are looking forward to release it by this fall and have a tour to support it.
Thank you, Yesterdrive. Any last words?
– Thank you. Well, we’d like people to keep supporting local musicians because that’s what keeps us going. The road is not easy, but it is definitely worth all the ride and obstacles. Don’t forget to follow us on facebook.
Northeast Window Bureau