Formed in 2005, Half Step Down began gigging in 2006 as essentially a rock 'n' roll band, though it would be more accurate to acknowledge their sound as a versatile mish-mash incorporating elements of the blues, alt-rock, funk and reggae.
Consciously refusing to let themselves be fenced in by genres, they derive their sound from influences and inspirations ranging from Led Zeppelin, RHCP and Dave Matthews to Rachmaninoff, Marley and Django Reinhardt.
In early 2007 the band made it to GIR (The Great Indian Rockshow) with their track Overture to Outerspace, which subsequently launched them on a much vaster platform. They spent most of the following year touring the country, taking time out in June to appear on Channel [V]'s show Launch Pad. They wrapped '07 with a highly acclaimed unplugged performance in their city, Delhi, where their cover of Redemption Song stood out as one of the critics' finest of the evening.
Known for their antics on stage, HSD are perhaps as much the performers as they are the musicians. With a hedonistic approach to music, they maintain an air of fun that remains a key quotient despite lineup changes and other minor disruptions.
SRIJAN MAHAJAN, the youngest member of the band, plies his trade with Half Step Down, Cyanide and Parikrama. Already a veteran of 100's of gigs, Srijan is widely regarded as one of the most promising drummers around. Drums aside, cars take up most of Srijan's time.
SHIV LUMBA is classically trained in Piano. Shiv manages time between his solo piano work, teaching and Half Step Down. Being one of the trained musicians in the band makes him an invaluable asset. Shiv has found many a fan for his funky live playing.
KARAN DUTTA is an economist by profession, KD does an impressive juggling act between a 9-6 job, studio sessions, gigs and tours. Over time, Karan has managed to develop a guitar playing style unique to him.
CARL ABRAHAM, being the newest member of the band, has easily etched a place into the band's sound as well as the audience's mind. With formal training in piano as a foundation, Carl started playing the bass in 2005. A software engineer by profession, his aggressive slap - popping style has everyone jumping around!
DHAVAL MUDGAL is the Vocalist, Frontman, Lyricist, Manager of Half Step Down. Dhaval slips into each role with ease. He has always laid great stress on vocal melodies and harmonies while celebrating the spirit of Rock 'n' Roll.