Q&A with Artists

The name “Sepoy” – refers to an indigenous Indian soldier serving under an imperialist conqueror and alludes to the human dilemmas that surface in such a situation. The band’s music contextualizes these themes in pedestrian yet universal experiences, and is influenced by the complexities of merging Indian upbringings with adult lives in America. In terms of production and composition, Sepoy’s music recalls 70s pop rock and early 90s alt rock. Echoes of India’s underground rock scene pepper its sound, and Sepoy’s 12-track debut and subsequent EPs flow atop a quiet undercurrent of ethnic rhythmic and tonal influences.

Sepoy is a four-piece progressive rock band based in New York that has been making music together since 2012. Camel Assassin was recorded at Greenpoint Collective Studios in Brooklyn, New York.

How would you describe your style?
A lot of people describe us as Progressive Rock. But we’d say we’re an eclectic blend of all kinds of rock – 90s Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, and Psychedelic Rock.

Why do you do what you do?
Rehearsing and creating music is a meditative, cathartic and creative outlet in our lives.
Anupam: In some ways, the songs I create feel like the only things I truly own at this point in my life. Frankly, a version of my life in which I’m not involved in a musical creative endeavor feels unimaginable to me.

Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
Talent all the way. It’s only when artists bring to life the most authentic version of their ideas and leverage their raw inner talent, you can get the kind of art that lasts generations, and more importantly, immense personal satisfaction, like you’ve fulfilled a duty of some sort.

What inspires you to create music?
Anupam: Sometimes I try to look at the events in my own life from a third-person perspective, even if it’s just for five minutes— like I’m watching a movie. And then I ask myself, “if there were a background track to this situation, what would it be?”
Sriram: From a rhythmic framework, similar to how one doesn’t need to be told when they’ve solved a mathematical problem, one doesn’t need any validation when the rhythm fits the melody and tune. It just feels right and that’s the best feeling in the world.
Amey: Creating music is a means of expressing my deepest emotions.It is a way of subconsciously relating to others while sharing a mutual positive energy which gives me my greatest motivation to create music.

How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
We were very excited by the prospect of being contacted by Rehegoo. It was very clear that the A&R reps who contacted us had heard a decent amount of our music. That’s one of the first things we look for when we deal with publicists, marketing agencies and the like. It’s not just about a business collaboration, but people excited by music and looking to spread that excitement like wildfire.

How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
Very excited to see where it takes us!

What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Our album launch “Impasse” at Mercury Lounge in New York couldn’t have gone any better from our perspective. The album was 2 years in the making since it contains 12 tracks that are an amalgamation of influences. We had a great turnout at the release show and the album was very well received by our fans who even took hardcopy of CDs home from the show.
Anupam: It was the best I’d felt on stage in a while. I guess you could say all the stars aligned that night!
Amey: This definitely was one of our best nights. We packed the venue that night and really enjoyed the response from the crowd that evening.

What has been the biggest obstacle?
Over time, our fan-base has grown organically but slowly. While we have a critical mass of fans who follow us and catch us live, it’s been challenging to reach a wider audience at our live shows. When people see us live, a lot of them start following us from then on.

What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
The worst gig I’ve ever played was in this bar in Queens that we played in when we had just started off. Don’t get me wrong, the venue itself was very nice, but we had our challenges with transporting the equipment there, and because of its remote location, we didn’t have the biggest turnout. That said, when you’re starting off, every gig is a golden opportunity to grow your fanbase. Once we established ourselves as experienced, professional musicians, bigger and more central venues started calling.
The best gig we’ve ever played was at Mercury Lounge for the release of our debut album, “Impasse”. From our perspective, it couldn’t have gone any smoother. Good vibes all around.

What is your worst and best fan moment?
Anupam: It’a funny story: my long term girlfriend first saw me at a Sepoy Concert. So I guess there’s that.
Amey: There is another instance where one of my best friends met his wife for their first ever date at a Sepoy concert.

What is your favorite song of yours?
I’ll have to pick two! ‘’Won’t You Tell Me How’’ and ‘’Hopeless Romantic’’

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