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Vinay Venkatesh – Bhayanak Maut (March 09)

  • Interview by: Vilasini Muralidhar
  • Date: March 4, 2009

He replicates growls like Randy Blythe and quotes his most major influence as The Beatles! Headbangers India caught up with vocalist Vinay of Bhayanak Maut, one of India’s premier metal bands, in a short round of Q&A. For more about his musical influences and experiences, read on…

HB: Who has been the most influential artist for you?

Vinay: That would have to be The Beatles. Their life and music has been a great source of inspiration since I was a toddler.

HB: Your five albums recommendations would be…

Vinay: (In no particular order)
– The Beatles : Revolver
– Born Of Osiris : The New Reign
– Daft Punk : Alive 2007
– Fleetwood Mac : The Dance
– Beck : Modern Guilt

HB: Tell us about your very first band (the one that most guys are usually embarrassed about!).
Vinay: Bhayanak Maut was my first band! I’m not embarrassed about it at all.

HB: (embarrassed silence) Ok. So. Which are your favourite Indian bands?
Vinay: Myndsnare, Joint Family, Lounge Piranha, Scribe, Undying Inc, Cyanide, Half Step Down to name a few.

HB: Tell us about the funky hair style.
Vinay: I hate having hair on my head. I don’t mind it on my face. Nothing funky about that.

HB: Now that‘s a ‘metchul’ fashion statement! So what has been your best metal experience so far?
Vinay: LIVE SHOWS: Watching A Perfect Circle, Foo Fighters, and The Smashing Pumpkins on the same day!
WITH BHAYANAK MAUT: Opening for Enslaved at GIR 2007. All the fun times we’ve had with Myndsnare in Bangalore, Joint Family in Delhi and Scribe in Shillong. Plus that trip to Madras for JRO 2006 when we were put up at The Park.

HB: Do you have any musical confessions? And when did you actually get into metal?
Vinay: My elder brother introduced me to metal in 1991-92 with Metallica’s Black album, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Nine Inch Nail’s Pretty Hate Machine, Tool’s Undertow and Pearl Jam’s Ten. I’ve never looked back since then. As far as I can remember, I always wanted to be a guitar player. Being a vocalist is as good, if not better.

HB: What is your favourite sub-genre in metal?
Vinay: I listen to anything. I don’t pay attention to sub-genres.

HB: What, according to you, is the best thing about being a musician?
Vinay: Meeting other musicians – people who are talented, creative, funny and absolutely fun to be with. Sometimes, you do meet complete assholes too. In these cases, ignorance is bliss.

HB: What is Vinay upto nowadays?
Vinay: Eat. Sleep. Work. Jam. (repeat)