HYDERABAD: For 35-year-old Rajiv, music has always been close to his heart. Writing lyrics and strumming tunes were part of his life. He then met Chaitanya and the idea of Fear Vortex came about.
“I’ve written lyrics for metal music for a few years but they would always remain in rough format. I needed a keyboard player first who could put two and two together and bring out a good song. Eventually, I met Chaitanya,” recalls the musician.
The two of them started writing songs together and then the idea to form a band came up . “We went around looking for people who were interested and finally got to meet the rest of the band members,” he recalls.
The young line-up consists of 22-year-old Shariq who is the vocalist, 24-year-old, Swaroop on the drums, 26-year-old Praveen on the bass guitar besides Rajiv and Chaitanya. Rajiv tells us that the others agreed to become part of Fear Vortex after they decided to do something more than their hectic jobs. “A couple of us are ex IT employees who always wanted to play music but couldn’t get the time as we were busy with work. After a few years, we decided that we need to do something with music and the band was formed,” shares Rajiv for whom music is a channel through which he can showcase his emotions and bring it out for the public.
Their kind of music is progressive metal and this works in favour of Rajiv.” Our music narrates a story. As we play progressive metal, that is an advantage. It helps convey a lot of emotions. It goes along A different set of key signatures. Our whole album is one big story where each song conveys a part of it. The lyrics drive us towards the kind of music we do as they are the most important element of a song,” explains Rajiv. The amateur band currently has one album consisting of five songs released.
The musician feels that there is scope for bands such as these in the city. “It’s pretty good. I know a few bands which have been playing for a couple of years now and they are doing pretty good job,” he shares and adds, that playing for a live audience helps a band to grow. The band’s motive is not to raise a fortune but to be heard and be appreciated. “We are not really keen on fame or fortune. We just want our music to be appreciated. We hope and wish that we come out with more songs that people like,” shares Rajiv.
On a parting note, he shares that the band is excited to enter this war of music.