On the first day of release, Peepal Tree’s single titled Cauvery climbed up to the no. 1 position on the iTunes Indian Rock charts. Cauvery pays tribute to the incredible lifeline of south India. Though the mighty Cauvery has a huge impact on the lives of people of 3 states of South India, the sentiment of the song can be attributed to any river, rivulet or tributary anywhere in the world. For at its core, the song celebrates our most vital resource — one that we share with all forms of life on this beautiful planet.
Their music can be described as Indian melodies sitting on funk grooves with overtones of electronica, and sung in a variety of Indian languages.
Peepal Tree attaches a lot of importance to the message they convey lyrically, apart from their musicality on their recorded material and at live performances. The lyrics range from a variety of social issues such as human disregard for the environment to more philosophical ideas, nudging us at times to hold up a mirror to ourselves. They are heavily inspired by literary and philosophical giants of Karnataka, namely Rashtrakavi Kuvempu, Dara Bendra and Santa ShishunaLa Sharif.
The supergroup was born out of the fervent desire of four friends, all musicians, who wanted to incorporate each others’ musical abilities, leanings and knowledge, to write ‘good songs’.
They wanted to document their individual musical impressions into a collective expression that would test their ability to write music, represent all the factors that they loved about different kinds of music, while at the same time, keeping them miles away from sounding ‘very esoteric or self-indulgent’. While the band started working on music together in 2011, they found their rhythm to roll only by 2014.
Their first official album titled Chetana was released in October 2018 and the rose to #1 on the iTunes Rock Charts (India) and #3 on the iTunes overall album charts (India) within hours of the album hitting the online stores, among others. Chetana has recently made it to the ballots of the 62nd Grammy Awards, in Best Rock Album category.
The Bangalore based band — that doesn’t believe in shackles that come with genre-based descriptions — comprises of Sujay Harthi on vocals, Tony Das on guitars, Praveen Biligiri on bass, Willy Demoz on drums and Siddhart Kamath on keyboards. Their music can be described as Indian melodies sitting on funk grooves with overtones of electronica, and sung in various Indian languages.
Each musician in the band brings a wealth of experience to this project, having been a part of the Hindi and Kannada movie industries, apart from playing in some of the most successful bands from India, namely The Raghu Dixit Project, Thermal & A Quarter, Moksha, Sandeep Chowta Project and Bhoomi among others.
So far, Peepal Tree previous was titled Roshan-e-Kaafile (with the acclaimed Bollywood composer Sandeep Chowta) and Magizhchi (A tribute to Thailavar Rajnikanth), that met with success and adoration throughout the country.
Peepal Tree’s debut album is a result of the coming together of diverse musical influences, stitched together in 10 songs by 4 passionate musicians. The purpose was the album is no different from the band’s raison d’être — to play music together, on stage and while doing so, make a sincere attempt at writing good music. The album has 6 Kannada songs, 3 Hindi and 1 Tamil song. In this one can find traces of rock, pop, funk, heavy metal and everything in between.
Das has been a part of the heavy metal band Bhoomi, while also playing with independent music stalwarts Thermal and a Quarter, and hard rockers Moksha. He has toured extensively with these bands, within India, the Gulf and the UK. He does sessions work as a guitarist, bassist, programmer, and writer/composer, both in the studio and lives.
He has also worked on some of the biggest grossing, and most highly critically acclaimed Bollywood movies of the last few years such as Paan Singh Tomar, Rowdy Rathore and Son of Sardaar, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, R. Rajkumar, with legendary music director Sandeep Chowta, contributing to the songs and background scores in these movies. He has worked on Kannada and Hindi movies with Raghu Dixit.
Along with Sandeep Chowta, he has recorded, arranged, mixed, and composed for some of the biggest names in Jazz and Jazz fusion in the world. Artists like Scott Henderson, Virgil Donati, Jeff Richman, Simon Philips, Jimmy Johnson, Rafael Moreira, Anthony Crawford, Marco Sfogli, Melvin Lee Davis, Will Kennedy, Mitch Forman, Ricardo Silveira, Brandon Fields, and many more.
Willy Demoz has played with many bands over the years and has successfully completed a number of world tours. Some of the bands that he has been a part of early on in his musical career include Bhoomi, Slain, Allegro Fudge to name a few.
He has also played with some of the biggest artists/bands in the country like Moksha, The Raghu Dixit Project, Suneeta Rao, Vasundhara Das, Swarathma and Sunitha Sarathy.
He has performed with Jim Whittaker of Steppenwolf and Santana fame and studied under the incredible Dom Moio in his brief stint in the US.
He has played more than 100 concerts internationally touring more than 9 countries in 4 continents in the last 6 years, and some of his favourite music festivals happen to be the Glastonbury Festival, Womad and Cambridge Folk Festival.
His current band is called Peepal Tree and he is also a freelance sessions artist playing with some of his favourite musicians/composers such as Clinton Cerejo.
He is currently endorsed by Zildjian.
Has performed with numerous bands in Bangalore, most notably with his own band, Bhoomi. He has performed with these bands across the country for over 12 years. He has also composed and scored music for Kannada albums and a short film.
Has performed with various Bangalore based bands, the most popular ones being Bhoomi and Second Hand, and has collaborated with other popular bands in the country. Bhoomi is currently recording an album with Grammy-winning producer Neil Kernon. He has sung for various jingles and Kannada movies like Jatta, Ba Baro Rasika, and Nee Illade to name a few.
Siddhart Kamath, the keyboardist of Peepal Tree was born with a musical gift, into a musical family. A multi-talented musician fulfilling various roles in various bands like the hugely popular Bryden-Parth, Siddhart is highly in demand in the studio as well as live. Siddhart’s mastery of technology and its application along with his musical knowledge adds a new dimension to Peepal Tree’s live performances. He has also directed music for numerous movies in Kannada and Tamil, as well as having composed and performed numerous background scores.