Get to know the music of Deepak Raghu.
Deepak Raghu is probably one of the most talented drummers in India. The list of artists he has collaborated with is just ridiculous. It includes Shepherd, Bevar Sea, Dying Embrace, Mad Orange Fireworks, Blushing Satellite, Alexis… you get the point. He’s proven himself to be a drummer who’s not just super talented but also very versatile. It’s not often that you find a drummer who is as comfortable with brush sticks as he is with the double-bass.
I’ve been playing drums in bands since I was about 15. I’m going to be 30 next year, so if my math is correct I’ve been doing this for almost half my life.
Despite him being in the scene for a pretty long time, this is the first time Deepak is wearing the ‘singer/songwriter’ hat. During his stint with the now defunct sludge band, Shepherd, Deepak was also on vocal duties. However, his work TEB really showcases his talents in a new light. Speaking of his music as TEB, Deepak had this to say:
The words means nothing more than a snapshot or an abstraction of my self at a certain point in time. They’ve all come out of some sort of existential despair. So ultimately my hope is that people will hear my music and the music will start to represent those people or a memory they have, instead of it just being about me, myself and I.
Performing as a session player requires musicians to be able to perform a variety of musical styles with ease. However, that’s enabled Deepak to listen an immensely wide variety of music and find an eclectic bunch of influences that include David Bowie, Miles Davis, Tarkovsky, Bergman, and Borges. Deepak was kind enough to list out 5 albums that are his current favourites as well:
1. The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
2. Crosby, Stills and Nash – s/t
3. Joe Walsh – So What
4. Scott Walker – The Moviegoer
5. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Since this series is all about the best of Indian indie music, we asked Deepak to pick out some of his local favourites as well and a talk a little bit about why he likes them.
When asked to describe his own music as TEB, Deepak emphasises the importance of listeners figuring it out for themselves.
Every description I can come up with will sound lame. Plus I do change up the sound quite a bit from song to song. I’d urge people to just listen to the songs and draw their own conclusions or comparisons.
When speaking of his future prospects, Deepak speaks of putting out another EP sometime later this year and the possibility of taking The Earth Below live as well. Deepak’s band Shepherd is putting out an EP on the 15th of August which is going to be their last release in the foreseeable future since the group has called it quits.
If you like what Deepak is doing, then support him by buying his music and attending his gigs. Make sure to give the Shepherd/Death By Fungi split EP a listen when it’s out too – it’s been shaping up to be one hell of a record.