Devesh Dayal (Goddess Gagged)

  • Interview by: Madhav R
  • Date: March 3, 2011

Ladies, first, and gentlemen- meet Devesh Dayal. Guitarist for Goddess Gagged and the newest addition to Workshop. In this exclusive interview with Headbangers India, he talks about his bands, his influences, his songwriting process and more. Read on…

HB: Hey Devesh, what’s up? Good to have you here on Headbangers India.

Devesh Dayal (DD): Yes… It’s good to be here.

HB: For those of us who have no idea who you are, why don’t you enlighten us, Devesh.

DD: Greetings. My name is Devesh Dayal. I’m 17 years of age and I play guitar for Goddess Gagged and more recently, Workshop. I’m 6’4 with green eyes and enjoy long walks on the beach. Calm down, ladies.

HB: Ha ha, people say you look like Neil Nitin Mukesh! Ok, Goddess Gagged has been creating quite a wave in the recent paste, winning loads of major gigs across the country, and are now being heralded as the future of Indian music. What are your views about that?

DD: That’s nice to hear… This whole situation is pretty awesome. I’m still in high school and already achieving some pretty cool things. All of us in Goddess Gagged make sure we make creative original music that flows well and connects to people. We also make sure we have an awesome time on stage and put on a fun show. By gigging constantly and showing this off our fan base has grown exponentially. The only problem I have is that we have no legitimate recordings of our new songs or with Basrur’s vocals so that can be annoying at times when people wanna hear what my band sounds like. But we have some very exciting stuff lined up for our album… So stay tuned!

HB: You’re playing for the Demonstealer’s ‘other’ project Workshop now. How did that come about?

DD: Riju (the bassist, also in Albatross) called me up in April 2010… I was chillin’ in Goa so it was a pretty weird moment. He said Workshop was looking for a guitarist, and I thought it’d be fun, so I said yes. We jammed like twice or three times in 2010 and I was officially made a member in October or something. All the other members are in other bands too which they focus on more, so there’s not too much pressure on being busy with Goddess Gagged. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a full-time band that I do take seriously, and there are some sweet gigs lined up. It’s like this comedy supergroup… Fun way to keep myself busy!



HB: How different is it for you, as a guitar player to be playing such varied music in the form of Goddess Gagged and Workshop?

DD: Interestingly enough, I struggle with playing Workshop songs more than Goddess Gagged songs. Mainly because, and Sahil jokes about this, I’m playing solos that someone else made so I had to learn them all properly. It’s waaay easier to play a guitar solo that you’ve written yourself, so that was a challenge. Also, the repetitive song structures can get confusing because you have to remember how long a certain part repeats and when it comes back again. I’m not used to playing music like that… Goddess Gagged is not so repetitive so it’s a big contrast. They’re both awesomely
fun to play in though. I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.

HB: Talk us through the song writing process on Goddess Gagged’s music. Do you compose music for Workshop as well?

DD: Arman and I are pretty much the main songwriters of the band. We jam some riffs and mould them together, then bring rough ideas to the rest of the band and then the actual song gets put together. Basrur writes his own lyrics and comes up with sweet vocal lines. We try to get involved in that process too and come up with harmonies and stuff. That’s basically how it goes. With Workshop, Sahil just writes everything. I get to write my own solos for the new stuff though!

HB: What music are you listening to nowadays? Do NOT say Periphery!

DD: Lots of Karnivool. That band is incredible. But apart from that and Periphery, there’s TesseracT of course. Mmm. I listen to the Concealing Fate EP on a daily basis. Also Misery Signals. On the other side of the spectrum I’ve been really into Vampire Weekend these days. Awesome weird, good times music. But since I have the attention of hopefully many people, here are some rad post-hardcore bands that not too many people in India really know; they’re definitely worth checking out: Closure in Moscow, Lower Definition, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance, Of Machines, Underoath,
Anberlin, Circa Survive. All these bands are huge influences on me and my songwriting…Enjoy.

HB: This is your space. Want to thank/insult/imitate anyone? Put it down here.

DD: Siddharth Basrur is a better singer than you. ‘Nuff said.

HB: Thank you for your time, Devesh, and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

DD: Thanks a lot dude. Peace.