Interview with David Abraham, frontman of The Koniac Net
Formed in 2000,The Koniac Net has been compared to artists such as the Stills, Smashing Pumpkins, Toadies, Death Cab For Cutie, Matt Pond PA, Marcy Playground, and even Chris Isaac & the Deftones .The band’s music pays tribute to the genres these artists represent. “The Koniac Net” – a paradoxical/oxymoronic optimistic & cynical representation of how life’s surprises/plans for you have reason & purpose, and are justified at random points of time in our lives, even though we might not be aware of it.
- IMM. Tell us about the journey of the Koniac Net, and the philosophy behind naming the band the Koniac Net.
David Abraham: I began writing music back in 2000 – “Simple” (from our One Last Monsoon album) being one of the first songs I had ever written. However, up until 2011, I had recorded about 30-40 demos that were distributed to friends & family only. I even had a band in New York (when I was studying & working there); we were called “One Last Monsoon” (yes, same title as the Koniac Net’s debut album). We started off extremely well as we were invited to play the renowned CBGB’s 2 weeks before it closed down (one of the greatest honours ’till date). However, due to conflicts between bandmates, and bad luck too, the band was short lived.
It was only in 2011, when I came down with a severe case of typhoid, and was house-bound for 4 months, did I decide to take half of my old demos, mix them with songs I had written between 2008-2010, and release “One Last Monsoon”… mostly to test out international waters in order to determine whether my music would be appreciated or not. Fortunately it was, as it began playing on numerous indie radio stations in Germany, France, U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, and about 25 other countries. 4 months after the debut release, I began receiving messages from radio personalities & bloggers suggesting that I get a full band together so I could bring & play my music internationally. And that’s how the Koniac Net was formed: Jason D’Souza was the recording & mixing engineer on “One Last Monsoon,” and he wanted to be part of the band. Adil Kurwa (a good friend who I had known for a while, and who also was a guest musician on a song from the album) joined as well, and they introduced me to Karun Kannampilly & Ishaan Krishna (former guitarist). Last year, Aaron Dmello replaced Ishaan, and he has already helped in composing amazing parts for our new material we plan on releasing sometime this year.
The philosophy behind the band name: it’s a bit of an explanation, so I am going to provide our Facebook link to the “About” section. It’s under “Long Description”:
- IMM. Can you tell us a bit about the band’s albums “One Last Monsoon” and “Abiogenesis”; the inspiration behind the albums.
AD: As mentioned below, “One Last Monsoon” contains songs I had written between 2000-2005. However, the over all theme of the album revolves around the end of mankind. I went through a misanthropic stage when writing & recording the rest of this album in 2011. Half the songs deal with how our time on this planet is (and should be) at an end, with mother nature wiping our existence out with… well… one last monsoon.
The theme for the “Abiogenesis” EP continues where “One Last Monsoon” leaves off: it deals with the spawning of a brand new species after the human race has been eradicated… a new species that is not governed by race, gender, colour, religion, politics, greed, etc.; but one that governed by something as pure as music.
- IMM. How does it work out for a band like yours in a city like Mumbai?
AD: Actually, it’s working out pretty well. Even though our music was first featured on stations & magazines abroad, we got amazing responses from stations here, and have been featured by MTV, VH1, VOGUE, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, BalconyTV, BuzzFeed, and more. We’ve been so fortunate to have been invited to play numerous music festivals like Hornbill, NH7, New Wave, Rajasthan, and more.
Being in India (in general) right now is great for musicians & music obsessors… much is changing at the moment, and I meet more & more people everyday from various & remote corners of our country who actually like indie music! It’s a happy time indeed.
- IMM. All songs in the album “One Last Monsoon” were written & recorded by you. Who were the inspiration/motivational factor in writing these songs?
AD: As mentioned earlier: I just wanted to see if what I composed would be appreciated internationally, therefore allowing me to gauge whether my writing skills are decent or not. There is no greater motivational factor than the fact that I write my music as tributes to the bands / artists that I love…. my way of thanking them for the extraordinarily brilliant music they have braced us with.
- IMM. Who were the people that you collaborated in the album “One Last Monsoon”?
AD: Aditya Ashok (performed drums for the entire album), Adil Kurwa (who played bass on “Divine Submersion”), Eden Shyodhi (backing vocalist on “Midnight’s Children” + “Divine Submersion”), and Jason D’Souza (recording & mixing engineer for the entire album).
- IMM. Being from India, are you finding more success locally or globally with your music?
AD:I would say both, but in different forms. I get way more radio airplay & features abroad, but of course, numerous features & amazing shows here. However, I do believe that if the band was based in the U.S., Canada, or Europe, we’d be touring by now.
- IMM. Which bands do you guys listen to?
AD: We are fans of Peter Cat Recording Co., Modern Mafia, Lightyears Explode, and a few more.
- IMM. The band performed at the Hornbill Festival 2014. How was the experience?
AD: Unbelievable. We were honoured to have been invited to play there, the crowd was amazing, but what really meant a lot to us was the fact that after our show, every one of the organisers came up to us multiple times telling us that we were amazing & that next time we need to headline. We weren’t sure about the reception we would get, but it was exceptionally positive… completely humbled & flattered with about of compliments we received from them. We definitely hope to play at Hornbill again.
- IMM. The one place you want to play a gig over and over again?
AD: Hornbill for sure. We had our 1st international show this year too: we were invited to play at the Bhutan International Music Festival, which went off exceedingly well. They festival organisers & the Bhutanese people showered us with praise, and we have numerous fans there now. Hence, due to the amazing culture, country/state, and people, we’d 100% love to play in the North East & Bhutan over & over again.