Playing Since :-One year
Influences :-Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan , Rashid Khan , Advaita , A.R Rahman , Shakti , Pink Floyd , Victor Wooten , Avial
Name of Artist/Band? (Include all band members’ names and instruments played.)
- Harsh vishnoi – Guitars
- Gurpinder Pal Singh – Percussion and vocals
- Riazawan Khan – Vocals
- Sarthak Bhayana – drums
- Arjun ghai – bass guitar
What does your band name mean and where did it come from?
There was a sufi saint named ‘Khwaja Fariduddin Ganjshakar’ who was also known as ‘Baba Sheikh Fareed’ and was also a sufi poet and many singers and bands have used his poetry in their songs .
What are your influences?
We take inspiration from various legendary musicians and bands like ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, ustad Rashid Khan, Advaita, shakti, etc. we primarily draw our inspiration from sufi poets (likes of baba bulleh shah, waaris shah) who wrote exceptionally in both urdu and punjabi . When it comes to western influences we follow bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Michael Jackson, Snarky Puppy, Slipknot etc.; Being a ‘unique’ Sufi/Fusion band , we inculcate the maximum potential energy from Sufi into various types of genres like rock , funk , jazz , folk etc.
Describe your sound for someone who’s never heard you?
Those who have never heard our music would find it just like our name “unique”. It is a blend of modern contemporary and old school adding up to be the best of both worlds . Mixing Rhythm , Melody and Harmony and fusing different world music genres in the absolute required balance gives rise to our dynamic and soulful sound.
Tell us anything else that you would like people to know about you?
Harsh visualized and founded Fareed along with Gurpinder. Before starting Fareed, it was very clear to Harsh that band plays what they feel like and the music stays uncompromised. Just like a heart to the body, Harsh is to Fareed. Harsh is a self taught guitar player. He also plays Keyboards, Drums and does all the production and arrangements. He’s been in various other Hindi-Rock bands and Western bands previously. His influences include genres like Psychedelic, Progressive, Metal, Alternative, Sufi and Fusion
Rizwan Khan – Vocals
A band’s major element is the Vocalist. Fareed proudly possess a self trained semi classical, Sufi singer Rizwan Khan, who started his singing from early childhood days. With time, his passionate vocal skills were more polished after he pursued a training in classical singing. He makes us proud by giving heart touch lyrics and compositions.
Gurpinder Pal Singh – Percussions/Vocals
Fareed is blessed to have Gurpinder Pal Singh on percussions and vocals. He is learning tabla since he was 11 and still is learning from Pandit Rajinder Singh of Delhi Gharana. He also plays mid-eastern instruments being a student of renowned international artist Mr. Suchet Malhotra. With every beat he plays, it can be felt, the vibes of a true artist performing the art he loves.
Sarthak Bhayana – Drums/Percussions
Sarthak Bhayana is a true drum prodigy with crisp and perfect timings, a drummer filled with utter power and dedication. He started playing drums at an early age with a vast drum setup and recording studio in his own room. He learnt drums under the guidance of Raghav Sehgal (1833 AD drummer).
Arjun Ghai – Bass Guitar
Arjun Ghai with his instrument proves to be the backbone of the band. He has been playing bass from his school days. Currently learning from Sonic Shori and worked and with a wide number of artists in India, his rhythm sense truly adds the dimensions Fareed needs.
We strive to master the art of producing music that is relatable to all. We believe music should have a class and should also appeal to the mass.
Fareed Band started out in the autumn of 2014 by Harsh Vishnoi, who plays guitar and works on production/string arrangements, along with Gurpinder Pal Singh with a concept in mind which was to bring an utter level of satisfaction to the audience and most importantly to all the musicians in the band by the very distinct form of music they play.
Fareed, is significantly a Multiple genre Indian-fusion band with genres such as Sufi, Folk, Bollywood-Pop, funk, Rock and alternative. For the more recent update, band just completed its third year with over a 1000 shows performed throughout India and is releasing their first original single this fall. Fareed is
a New Delhi based band.