Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Takar Nabam

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Takar Nabam.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TAKAR NABAM: Hello, I am Takar Nabam I am a singer songwriter, guitarist, composer from Arunachal Pradesh, India. I have been playing music since 2002. Back in school and college I used to play with a heavy metal band called Guillotine. Our most notable achievement was opening for Metallica at Bengaluru, India in 2011. I have also been writing and releasing my own music. It was only in 2015 when I finally released my debut album, “Same Sky.”

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TAKAR NABAM: I grew up listening to a lot of 90’s pop, rock, alt-rock music during my school and college years. Bands like Guns N’ Roses, Extreme, Incubus, Iron Maiden, Creed, RHCP, etc., were on my playlist. A little later during my final year of college, I started getting into artists like John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Zero7, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, etc. It was during this time that I started getting into songwriting space and I would often find myself penning down my thoughts especially when I used to travel. After college I got to study music formally for about a year and I got introduced to jazz music, composition, arranging, and improvising. Artists like John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Robert Glasper, Antonio Carlos Jobim etc., were the artists I was really digging at that time. Nowadays, I am inclined more towards Lo fi, Chill, R&B, old school soul and funk artists.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

TAKAR NABAM: They should check out “Further” because the 3 minutes the reader will spend on this song will be totally worthwhile.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

TAKAR NABAM: A lot more energy, a lot of stories, a good measure of improvisation, a wide variety of songs (I like to slowly build up the energy in my set), a personal connect with the listeners, and top it all, a really really good time!

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

TAKAR NABAM: I would love to explore the Western market as much as I can primarily because I feel that the music I make will be better received there. Pan US and Europe tour are something I would love to put together within the next five years. I would also like to find other similar artists from across the world and collaborate with them. I would love to blend my himalayan folk influences with the sounds of the West, which I have been trying out since my last EP, “Red And Yellow.” It is something that I would love to show to the rest of the world.

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