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“It (music) has been a big leap for us” – In Conversation With Faasley

Faasley has been a peculiar band. A 3-piece alt Hindi rock act based in Mumbai, the members of the band have spent most of their time together as band away from each other. Working on their debut single ‘Iraade’, the band used Whatsapp to share ideas with each other and used stem files to give structure to it. We got in touch with the band to know more about them. Read below!

1. Tell us a bit about your band. How did it form?

Faasley is a collaboration of Varun Dhabe, Parth Yadav and Shashank Joshi who have been friends since school. Hailing from the army background, all the three members of the band have travelled extensively throughout their lives which happens to be one of the inspiration of songwriting for the band, the band is called Faasley as all the 3 members of the band have been away from each other while working on their first single “Iraade”.

2. Which bands/artists were your first love and who is your biggest influence?

The members of the band grew up listening to bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson and have been highly influenced by the Indian classical and Bollywood music scene.

3. You are working on your debut EP. Tell us a bit about it.  What are the challenges that you’re facing?

We are currently in the writing and recording stage of our E.P. As 21-year-olds right out of college, the process of making an E.P is a huge learning experience revolving around songwriting and music production, One of the main challenges and learning experiences of the band were to let go of the songs in order to make better ones. It has been a big leap for us 21 year olds to decide to pursue music instead of going for jobs in the engineering profession.

4. What was your music making and recording process like for your first single, “Iraade”, since all three of you were in different places?

The process of working on our first single has been quite a ride for all 3 of us. Working on whatsapp audios and stems sent by each other while being away from each other in our respective colleges has brought our band together and got us closer together.
Our band has been lucky enough to have supportive families, friends and mentors. We were fortunate to be mentored by Aman Moroney and Mr Ashish Manchanda from Flying Carpet Productions who also happen to be the producers of our band. The recording of our first single was done at Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai.

5. Why do you make music? What drives you as a band and what are your songs about?

The main driving force for us to make music is to share our experiences, influences and to motivate and help people overcome various situations in life.

6. Which Indian bands or artists do you admire?

We admire and love various artists from the independent music scene like The local Train, Alif, Parvaaz, Karsh Kale, Anoushka Shankar, Ankur Tewari , Prateek Kuhad and many more.

7. What’s your take on the independent Music scene in India?

As a band the independent music scene in India is very new to us and our aim is to develop and contribute to the independent music scene in all the ways we can offer.

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