Indie folk exponent Arpit Chourey set to rock Hyderabad this weekend
Arpit Chourey from Bhopal moved to Hyderabad four years ago, his pursuit ever since has been to compose and produce music. Today, he is on cloud nine as his band’s first Extended Play (EP) record, Simple Stories, is available on all major music platforms including Gaana.com and iTunes. An EP is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album.
The four-member band, Arpit Chourey Project, is one of the most popular ones in the city who play Indie folk and country music. Their music has been inspired by John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Gregory Alan Isakov, Damien Rice and The Lumineers. The band has Arpit as the lead vocalist, Rajiv Venkataraman on the lead guitar, Suresh Beck on bass and Chuba Jamir on drums. “I met Rajiv at one of the World Music Day events in the city and met Chuba and Suresh in similar music projects. Our tastes in music were alike and thus, we decided to work together,” the 28-year-old shares.
Ever since he was a high school kid, Arpit has been passionate about music. A graduate in civil engineering, Arpit initially worked for a construction company in Kolkata before he decided to listen to his heart and pursue his passion. “Only when I started working did I realise that my profession didn’t excite me. It was music that made me happy. During this period, I spent more time writing songs and then moved to Hyderabad,” he shares.
Talking about the EP, Arpit says, “The songs were written by me and my band members helped me compose and give life to the songs. We worked on the songs for about six months, enhancing and mixing, before we decided to launch them.” The EP has five tracks – Paper Boat, Simple Stories, Morning, I’ll Be and Love Has Told Me.
The idea behind the name of the album is to acknowledge everyday life and celebrate simplicity. “That’s how I am – somebody who likes minimalism and looks for happiness in small things. This is often reflected in the songs I write and compose, like in Simple Stories,” Arpit says, adding that each song is a story in itself. The EP also features Hyderabad-based flautist Falak Chhaya. The band is currently working on a few originals and have plans to release an album in the next one year.
Arpit has an upcoming show at COCO’S Bar & Grill on August 26 and Over The Moon Brew Co on August 27.
Entry free. Details: 9701060039 (COCO’S Bar & Grill) and 9100623334 (Over The Moon Brew Co.)