They’ve come a long way to becoming one of the well-known bands from Mumbai, having performed at almost all major clubs in the city. On an average, they do about five to six shows in a month and during season time, like this month, they have 14 shows (This weekend, they’re off to Muscat to perform at a private party). Where most bands shy away from doing covers, here’s a band that has steadily built their popularity doing covers. They will soon complete 10 years in the music buisness. The members of the band include Zarir Warden (vocals), Aloysious Hemriques aka Loy (bass guitar), Gavin Cason (lead guitar), Samuel Berlie aka Sam (rhythm guitar), Garth D’Mello (keyboards), and Joshua Vaz (drums).
Though The Other People have been around for quite some time, the band’s popularity actually took off around two years ago. Before 2010, the band members pursued music as a hobby as they had their own thing going on with respect to studies, day jobs, etc. After tasting initial phases of popualrity, the boys then decided to pursue music full-time. When asked what’s the secret of their popularity considering they mostly do covers, Zarir proudly states, “We work really hard, trying to better ourselves, even if it means doing covers because people like covers only when they’re done really well. We keep a tab on the current hot-favourite music, competition, what the crowd likes and do rehearsals. We need to give people a reason to hire us. We give the crowd what they want to hear.”
One surprising thing about The Other People is that they haven’t churned out their debut album as yet. Sure, they have some original material but they haven’t released that either. Any regrets on this front? “Not at all. Doing covers and live performances has been working well for us. We have played for a varied audience throughout and that’s what we enjoy doing. It wasn’t the right time for us to come out with an album so far. We did began recording for our debut album around two years ago but it didn’t happen due to personal reasons. But now we feel the time is right. And so at the moment we are juggling our time doing shows, rehearsals and spending time in the studio recording,” says Warden.
The boys have been back in the studio in lieu for their debut album since the past six months now. But they’re certainly not in a hurry. As for their original material, they believe in writing feel-good songs with simple lyrics and melodies with modern pop, soft-rock feel to them. Also, dance/anthem numbers too, is on their cards as their target audience is the youth ranging from college kids to young professionals to people in their 30s. As for their covers, they aim for anyone between the ages of 16 to 75.
Their popular covers at the moment are Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Wake Me Up by Avicii, and the usual all-time favourites like Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Rosanna by Toto and Faith by George Michael. They’re spreading the Christmas cheer with their rendition of O Holy Night, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Please Come Home For Christmas by Bon Jovi.