Rajiv Kumar

Rajiv KumarI started playing the drums when I was 16 years old. I was mainly a filler for my friend in school who wanted a beat while he played the guitar. Something clicked and the both of us started our first jams together and started selecting harder stuff to play.

The next and hardest step was to convince my dad to put up the money for a low end drum kit for me to wail on. Coming from a middle class, conservative, south Indian background, this took some convincing. My first kit was a second hand local gb&a. It sounded terrible. I loved it.

Me and my friend started jamming on Static X, Bullet For my Valentine, Killswitch Engage, etc. Soon enough, we met up with a few other guys and started the bad Skrypt. Skrypt brought a fresh sound to the underground metal scene in India. We won a lot of competitions together, including some best drummer awards for me along the way. In 2010, Skrypt released it’s debut EP titled ‘Discord’. The Ep sold out the first batch of prints within three weeks. It was shipped to Germany, London and some parts of the US too.

I’ve been invited by various colleges such as IIT, BITS Pilani and Vasavi college of Engineering as a judge for their annual  all India rock competitions.

I parted ways with Skrypt in 2014. From 2014 till present, Ive been working with and forming various projects. Some of which are Alteregoz, Last known Surroundings and Hostilian.

Alteregoz  has been a rocknroll power house in the local scene since the early 90s.

Last Known Surroundings is the post rock project founded by AnanthaK.It blends the ambience of post rock with heavy progressive sections. It’s also the only instrumental post rock act in South India.Rajiv Kumar

Hostilian is a groove/thrash/progressive  metal project. We are currently working on recording our debut ep. Many dates and festivals have already been confirmed for the end of the year. A four track EP is in the works with plans to release it by mid of 2017.

Influences-

Pantera, Between the Buried and me, Hacride, Karnivool,  Testament, Sepultura ,Gojira, Marco Minnemann, Danny Carey, etc.

 

Hostilian

https://www.facebook.com/hostilianband/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

https://soundcloud.com/user-152480682

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX7piuIdzjE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4xQAJ8LOc

Skrypt

https://soundcloud.com/skryptband/sets/skrypt-discord-2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6SLIpg_hd4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpeZ8XVTJB8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5jErmHzRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9C2MZf3KEc

https://soundcloud.com/skryptband/oceans-alive-mix04-22

LKS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEl6eTUE4UM

Rajiv Kumar