interview with GODLESS

Have any of you played in other bands?
Our guitarist Ravi and bassist Abbas have played for a band called Skrypt before Godless. The drummer Aniketh also plays for Shock Therapy. Our vocalist Kaushal is also part of Orchid, Gutslit and Eccentric Pendulum.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Aniketh Yadav - 27 (Drums)
Ravi Nidamarthy - 29 (Guitar)
Kaushal LS - 27 (Vocals)
Abbas Razvi - 31 (Bass guitar)
Moiz Mustafa - 27 (Guitar)
Have you had other previous members? We had another guitarist earlier but he had to leave the band due to professional commitments 
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, we've all been in bands since we were teenagers and have been making music since.
Where are you from? We're from Hyderabad, India and our vocalist and guitarist are based in Bangalore, India.
What year did the band form? 2015
What's your style of genre? Death/Thrash 
What inspires you? All kinds of music inspires us. We all listen to everything from old school heavy metal to Thrash, Death, Grind and Brutal Death metal.
How often and where do you reverse? We rehearse 4 days a week at a rented rehearsal studio.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We all spend way too much time with the band to have other interests. 
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We're open to signing with a booking agency but aren't actively looking for one at the moment.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We have been signed by a label and released our first EP through Transcending Obscurity Records. We went independent for our 2nd EP. We are open to being signed again if the deal is right. As of now we're only focusing on writing new music for our next record.
What made you decide to make this music? This is something that comes naturally to us. We didn't have any genre in mind when we started and just kept writing music to develop a sound for the band. This is something that occurred naturally. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? The music is written by the band collectively and the lyrics are handled by our vocalist, Kaushal.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start the writing process with composing the music first. The vocals come in after that. 
Do you compose in a certain environment? Not necessarily. We start off with the riff idea at home mostly. Sometimes we complete the song at home and sometimes we get together at rehearsals and see how the song flows. 
Have you done any covers live? Yes, when we started off we did a couple of covers but as we kept working on more music we phased out the covers. 
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least would've been around 60 odd people. The most would have to be when we played at Wacken Open Air. It was a sold out festival of around 75000 attendees. 
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Usually tend to be between 21-35
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to mix it up to keep it interesting for ourselves.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not really. 
What was your first gig like? It went off really well. We had a short and aggressive set of music planned and had no expectations but got a great response. 
What was your latest gig? Our last gig was a couple of days ago where we ended our India tour.
Have you had to cancel a gig? We haven't had to do that yet and don't intend on cancelling shows either. 
Where have you played live this year? We've played all across India this year. We just wrapped up an India tour this week. 
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? We're heading to Europe in September this year and will be playing 20 odd shows across 8 countries. 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started selling merch soon after our first release which was around 6 months into our career as a band. We've got CDs, Tshirts, sew on patches, posters, stickers, wristbands etc. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? There seems to be a shift in the industry and we have to follow the norm to an extent. We're still fans of collecting CDs so will always keep printing CDs of our material but might have to have limited copies of the CDs.
Do you have any role models or idols? We look up to all the musicians we grew up listening to. Slayer, Morbid Angel, Death, Dying Fetus, Carcass, Decapitated, Psycroptic etc
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Its a bit of both. Watching bands live can be a great and inspiring experience. The older bands are really inspiring because we grew up listening to them.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Being from a country like India is quite an obstacle. Touring other countries tends to be difficult and metal here is still very underground and unappreciated. 
Do you have any new material? Yes, we have some new material that we're playing live and also working on writing new material which we will test out live soon. 
How can people reach you?
Instagram - @godlessindia    
twitter - @godlessindia   
What are your plans for the future? Keep releasing lots of music and touring across the world.

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