InRegalia are best recognised for being an indie rock band, hailing from Mumbai. Consisting of Pete Abraham (vocals), Vijay Fernandes (guitar) and Saurav Das (bass), InRegalia released their debut single ‘Was It a Dream’ back in 2014. However, the fourpiece have come a long way since then, with two EP’s under their belt, as well as a handful more singles; the most recent track being ‘My Paradise’ in March this year.

Their most popular track to date is undoubtedly 2019’s ‘Best of Us’, which has racked up more than 332,000 streams on Spotify alone – truly impressive stuff!

We sat down with InRegalia to talk about their dream to support the almighty Iron Maiden on tour, as well as their upcoming musical projects!

Where did your band name originate from?

Vijay: The band’s name was one of the 25 or so names I’d come up with during the time I played with a couple of cover bands when I was in the US. A lot of the band names resonated with Metal music which was not what I was looking to write. Later when I moved back to India, I’d pretty much set my mind on InRegalia though I didn’t have a band. Only when the band took birth did we christen it with the band’s name. I intended for the music to reflect a bit of ethnicity but yet have it resonate with a mass audience. So, in retrospect, the name made sense from that point of view.

How would you describe your sound in 3 words?

Saurav: Honest – Indian – Rock

Which bands inspire you the most when writing music and why?

Vijay: I don’t hone in on any band to be creative. I believe it just gets me in a corner and doesn’t let me explore music in a diverse way. Although I do listen to bands like Alter Bridge, Rainbow and many other bands that I love more for motivation. To write music, I just keep my senses open for creative possibilities.

What advice would you give to bands starting out in the industry?

Peter: Practise Practise Practise! There’s a saying which goes “Amateur musicians practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong”. If the band knows their music inside out and play super tight, then being entertainers becomes infinitely easier. Practice till you look effortless on stage and your audience will love you even more.

What is your songwriting process?

Vijay: I use a variety of different approaches. I use the idea as a ‘seed’ and then work off of it. The ideas could come to me from any situation or experience. Some examples could be a guitar riff, a vocal melody idea, a percussive groove I’ve heard on a song and at times it could come to me when I’m in a totally non-related musical situation. Basically, I just keep my senses open to anything I perceive as an idea. I then write the lyrics to these ideas based on what I feel about the different situations or circumstances and the observations I’ve made about life in general. At any given point of time, there’s at least a
few ideas at the back of my head. I don’t necessarily sit down to finish it off immediately until I feel I have something to help complement the idea.

Out of all the tracks you have released, which one is the most personal to you?

Saurav: ‘Leave Your Mind Behind’ is the song I relate to the most, because conceptually as a song I feel each of us served it perfectly. Also, I was very happy with how I played my bass lines for the song.

Which song is your favourite to perform live?

Peter: I usually like the high energy songs we do like ‘Lalitha’ or ‘Rock this House’ from the New Horizon EP and ‘Best of Us’ and the EP’s title song ‘Tight Squeeze’.

How do you feel that social media has impacted your career as musicians?

Saurav: Social media has been both a positive and a negative for us. Negative because I feel the expectations from a band have changed drastically and it’s no longer just about the music and the people anymore. Positive because releasing music and having it reach the far corners of the world has become much easier. Imagine the pandemic without social media, the music industry probably would’ve collapsed completely.

Who would be your dream artist to work with in the future?

Peter: I would love to share the stage with bands like Def Leppard and Foo Fighters. I’ve been a Leppard fan since I was 16 and they have been very influential in my personal music journey. I enjoy the Foo’s music and really love how they have so much fun on stage. Dave Grohl is a very inspiring front man.

Who would you love to support on tour and why?

Saurav: I always have the same answer for this question – Iron Maiden. They’re the greatest band ever and my biggest influence in music. Although if we were to support them on tour, I’d probably be so star struck that I’d forget every song on stage.

What’s next for you musically?

Vijay: We’re working on a string of singles which are slated to be released this year along with our next EP. We’ll also be releasing some music videos too. So there’s plenty to look forward to. Not to mention we’re all aching to get back to gigging when we’re done with this pandemic.

InRegalia’s latest EP ‘Tight Squeeze’ is now available to stream on all major platforms. Check out InRegalia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

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