1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Hey, this is Roopam Garg, the guitarist for The Surrealist. We like to describe ourselves as an experimental metal band, incorporating many forms of music such as minimalism, soundtrack and ambient music with elements borrowed from metal.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Probably lavender. It’s sort of a faint, light purple that hits the sweet spot between being gentle and yet edgy. It’s also a color that’s often found in nature and psychedelic pop culture.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The biggest struggle we’ve faced is the multiple iterations and rearrangements we do to our music, especially when approaching a deadline. Let’s say we have a week until the due date. Within the next seven days of constant removing, editing, and rearranging parts, we’d have a completely different, reimagined song. Within the lifespan of one song, we often write an album’s worth of material just to arrive at that one song. It’s pretty crazy.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Probably a show with Linkin Park. Love those dudes.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Getting on Guitar World was a super surreal experience. It was something I had dreamed about for years, and actually experiencing it in reality was really uplifting.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
There was always an inner desire to create something from nothing, a sort of entrepreneurial spirit. It didn’t have to be music but just anything such as film, visual arts or even a business. At the end, I guess music took over because, well, music is the best.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Probably Jared Leto. The guy has an incredible voice and talent.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
I’m very inspired by successful business icons such as Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs. Those guys wanted something and stopped at no end to get what they wanted. Their zeal, drive, and vision inspires me every day to keep going at it.
9. What’s your favorite book?
Picking a favorite book is hard. There’s a great book I’m reading right now called The Innovators Method by Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer. Though it’s aimed towards business, I’m finding it super applicable to creativity and music. It explores how innovators think and execute on their ideas in very interesting ways.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I’ve recently been getting into a lot of graphic design and abstract artwork. It’s like music for the eyes and is a whole other world. It’s amazing. All the art and music videos we release going forward will be made within The Surrealist. That way we have total control over the aesthetics and vision of the band.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
That’s such a tough question. It honestly depends on my mood. But if I had to pick one-off the top of my head it’d be Allan Holdsworth. He just died a few days ago and the impact he’s had on my playing has been on my mind a lot.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Have the intent to innovate.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
17. It’s the sexiest prime number and also happens to be my birthday.
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