Music. What is music? To many it can mean a lot of different things. To me however, it is my escape. Growing up isn’t easy, not for me and not for a lot of other people like me. It is a escape to another place. It’s to get away from our problems and issues that we deal in life. Weather it’s dealing with heartache, the loss of someone, or even happiness, and joy! Music is there for countless people. You could listen to it for a couple of minutes or a couple of hours! Music is literally endless, with genres from country to metal to electronic dance music (EDM) to classical. There is something for everyone.
My musical escape has always been Metal. I was born in small city in India, and growing up hasn’t exactly been easy. Coming to America at a young age and learning a completely different culture definitely has not been easy. It wasn’t till sixth grade when I really started getting used to the cultural differences. It was the first time in my life that I begin exploring my own taste in music. Up until that point I had always listen to Indian music, which is its own style in its entirety. From different harmonies to weird time signatures and keys, it’s definitely something some people have to get used to, but growing up listening to it, I’ve gotten accustomed to it.
The first song I remember listening to and actually like was “Shout at the Devil” by rock and roll legends Motley Crue. My best friend brought over “Guitar Hero 2” on the PlayStation 2 and I was so taken by it. It was so interesting that I knew I had to buy the game for my self. I begged my mom for weeks before she gave in and bought me the game. As I was playing the game, on medium no less, I begin to get the words to the song stuck in my head. And the more I played the game the more songs I begin to discover that really got me hooked. Then I discovered Metallica, and from that point on I knew Metal was the genre I was going to forever love.
The older I got, the wider my musical tastes had expanded, in middle school I had joined the school band and learned my first instrument, the baritone. It was the class I always looked forward to, and the more involved I got the more I enjoyed big band pieces from the 50’s and 60’s. Then in eighth grade I discovered marching band, and I was in awe. Now I know to some of you that might sound really lame, but to me it was the world. I give thanks to my high school marching band to shape the person I am today. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to break out of shell that I was in up until that point. I made real friends for the first time. It was the year of many firsts for me. I learned so much in my first year in high school, and majority was thanks to my band classmates. It really helped me how much I loved music and what it really meant to me.
Fast forward to Sumer of 2015, I had recently just become friends with an awesome girl, who showed me a world of music that I never even knew about. Every time we would hang out she showed me a song that I had never herd of , but apparently it had been around for years. I was in completely disarray, that something amazing like this had been around for years! That genre of music was metalcore and pop-punk! I had no idea something like this even existed! My normal go-to music was always mainstream. Like Slipknot, Breaking Benjamin, Korn and so on. I was taken back by the whole new subgenera and it’s existence. I completely fell in love! By the time her and I moved in, she showed me this band called “Chunk! No Captain Chunk!” And again I fell in love with them! For her birthday I saw they were coming to Indianapolis and the Emerson Theatre, so naturally I bought tickets and from that moment on, my life had changed completely.
That night I discovered the local Indianapolis music scene. I have been living in Indianapolis for ten years and not once did I hear about the Emerson or the local music scene. Can you believe that? It was then I first herd the name “Crunkasaurus Rex” and I saw them play. They brought such energy, that I hadn’t seen in a long time. They controlled the crowd like it was their job and I was awestruck. To think a local band was capable of producing such raw music. It was from that moment I knew that I wanted to pursue music and one day to start my own band.
From that point on, I began attending a lot more local shows, especially if “Crunk” was going to play and eventually I became really good friends with all of them. They are hands down some of the nicest guys I have ever encountered. In my pursuit of learning vocals, I had asked Sam, the “screamer” or rough vocalist of the band on some pointers and just some tips on how he produced his vocals! It was not easy, at all.
Many people underestimate Vocalist that scream. There is an art behind it, and in my experience in learning to do so, I had discovered the ultimate vocal coach, with roaster of house hold names in the music industry , Melissa Cross, is the women who knows how it’s done, properly and efficiently. With her help via videos and dvds, everything become doable with time and the motivation to get better.
It was during this time in my life I discovered my passion, and what I truly loved to do. I started familiarizing my self with the local music scene, the people that go to these shows, and the family that is the Hoosier Dome. I completely immersed my self in the scene, this is my escape. I have made so many new friends, and to call them a family is truly a blessing.Now almost two years into chasing my dreams and goals, I have finally learned how to scream well, and start the band that I have wanted to what feels like forever.
If you are reading this, let me be the first to tell you, never give up on your dreams no matter how wild they are or how impossible they seem! With enough hard work and dedication your dreams can be reality, and if you feel like your alone, you’re not. One thing I have learned is that music brings people together, no matter who you are. Be true and be your self!
Written by Harshil Patel