A number of musicians from some of the country's most popular bands chose to go solo this year.
In India's constantly evolving indie music scene, nearly every musician is a part of more than one or two projects. Some play with more than one band, some have solo projects alongside, while some are constantly collaborating with a number of bands and artistes yet still being a part of their usual acts.
This year, however, several musicians from some of the best-known Indian bands chose to launch solo projects. Raffael Kably of the Bay Beat Collective, Gaurav Raina of the Midival Punditz, Siddharth Basrur of Goddess Gagged, and Raxit Savetibet and Rahul Nadkarni of Sky Rabbit are five such artistes. Each of these introduced solo acts in 2012, and were well-received.
Of these, all besides Kably continue to be active members of their original bands. Kably, however, left Bay Beat Collective to make music that's far removed from the genres that his former band dealt with. Kably's solo act, titled Mode7, is much more of the ambient, downtempo electronica sort. It's a move that the musician is very happy with and one that has worked well for him with his debut EP, titled All in Faded Days. "I'm doing gigs and producing music all in my own time and that's what I always wanted to do," says Kably.
Siddharth Basrur and Gaurav Raina have been involved in many projects during their long careers. The former was initially a part of the once-famous, now-disbanded, alternative band Kinky Sky Munky, and is now a member of Goddess Gagged, a popular indie band in the country. The latter is best known for being one half of the Delhi-based electronic fusion act, Midival Punditz. In 2012, Basrur launched his self-titled solo act, while Raina launched Grain, a solo electronica act.