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As it is said the people who create music best define it, so does the RANGDAP. An instrumental band in the city that is spreading their message across to all, which can only be defined in the power of music that they produce. Witnessing them jamming is an experience like no other, the madness, the vibe communicates through their music. Their friendly, humble and playful characters speak volumes about the kind of people they are. Originality and the pinch of difference that they have to their music is what sets them apart from the rest. Seeing is believing but to music hearing is believing  and one has to truly experience them to believe what is described… Priyanku K. Sarmah writes…  

What do you call yourselves? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

Well we are known as RANGDAP, it is also my name. It just came about and has been known as since then.

Please tell us the specifications of your band members?

Well there is, Gideon, Noel and myself. Gideon is the bass guitarist, Noel is the drummer and I play the guitar. There is also Carl who is our additional guitarist.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

We are mostly into folk, pub jazz, rock and blues. Well I don’t have any major influences but I do consider guys like Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert besides many as my favourites.

How long have you known each other for? And how did you all end up meeting each other?

 Actually we have known each other for quite long now. But the concept of something like forming a band only came after our first release called Mama’s Boy which was released in January this year and we came together as a band somewhere in the month of May.

Who writes the lyrics for your songs? What are the main themes and topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

See, we are an instrumental band so there are no vocals involved but we had given a thought to bringing a vocalist into the picture. See as it comes to creating music there is no one specific amongst us. We all sit together or while jamming it just falls into place.
“Well music is nothing to be sat on a table or thought over. To us it is more of a mixture of emotions.” - Noel

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

Well as I said we all start by jamming and it continues from there and lastly it ends up as one of our tracks.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice you or are rehearsals more spontaneous? Are you subjected to brand loyalty or do you play with whatever’s  available?

Well rehearsals and jamming are really fun, but the thing is that we all also have our separate projects and mostly run short of time, as I am busy in my studio and the others are busy with their ventures. But we practice whenever possible and never lose out on any opportunity. My studio is known as T & K.C. Studio with which I and Gideon are associated.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

Well it hasn’t evolved much and to tell you the truth, we haven’t reached our target yet.  Or I can put I as we haven’t reached the level of music that we want should define us.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?

You see challenges are always there but everyone has to overcome them. Our first album known as the mama’s boy is all about it. I think the tracks define themselves and portray all hurdles that one can face while overcoming challenges. But the main message that we want to convey is that no matter how big is the hurdle one has the power in himself to overcome all and transform dreams into reality.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Well we have done a few gigs but our favourite venue was Déjà vu. Talking about upcoming shows, for the time being we are just going to jam along with Loo Majaw.

Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do have a set playlist?

 We don’t play any covers and concentrate on originals, we mostly jam around and our playlist consists of our own tracks.

What’s your ultimate direction for your band?

Popular world music is what we want to end up doing. Talking about the direction we want to create our own genre through a fusion of folk and popular jazz.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Well forming a band is one of the things that just happens. It’s kind of like love as in where you never know how much you love the person until you no longer have them.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

We don’t have a dedicated website yet. But our first album can be found in Fantas located in Police Bazaar.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

There are countless many who I would like to thank for their support, but my wife, family, Sammy and Raymus Wallang are the ones who stood by me regardless of what came my way. All their love, appreciation and support have kept me going throughout the years.

Any last words that you would like to tell our readers?

All I can say is one should follow their heart, be true to themselves and most of all be what you are.

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