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Effigy: A Melodic Journey of Personal Growth by Rohan Raveesh and Dreamstate



Bangalore-based musician Rohan Raveesh, along with his band Dreamstate, has recently released their captivating new track, "Effigy." The song takes listeners on a melodic journey through the ups and downs of personal growth, symbolized by the burning of an effigy. Let's dive deeper into the intriguing story behind this talented artist and his latest creation.


Rohan Raveesh, the mastermind behind Dreamstate, has been honing his musical skills since the tender age of five. His passion for music led him to form Dreamstate, a band consisting of exceptionally talented musicians: Vallabh Sivaprasad on guitar, Bharath Ramamohan on drums, Joseph Melvin on bass, and Sanjith Muthugere on keys. Together, they create a unique blend of Synthwave and Post Hardcore genres, resulting in a fresh and distinctive sound.



Released on July 1st, "Effigy" delves into the transformative journey of an individual who encounters various painful experiences. The effigy, representing the person's negative aspects, symbolically burns away, signifying the removal of pain and the emergence of a better self. This introspective theme resonates deeply with listeners, as we all face challenges that shape us into stronger individuals.


Rohan's musical influences range from heavy metal to lo-fi, from synthpop/synthwave to ambient soundscapes and even carnatic music. His eclectic taste shines through in his compositions, adding layers of complexity and depth. In fact, his talent has garnered him recognition in prestigious competitions such as SIFF Young Artist 2020 and the "Global Guitar Gita 2018" Jazz competition.


"Effigy" was recorded at Rohan's humble home studio and mixed/mastered at Raghu Dixit Studios by the skilled Ashbin Paulson. The track boasts a captivating blend of synthwave elements and post-hardcore energy, showcasing the band's prowess and versatility. Dreamstate's musical expertise is further elevated by Rohan's evocative vocals and his compelling storytelling ability.



Dreamstate's live performances have captivated audiences across South India. The band has graced numerous stages, including renowned venues like Humming Tree, Rainbow Bridge Celebrations, The BFlat, and Alliance De Francaise. They have even shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as The Raghu Dixit Project and performed alongside the Nikhil Vai Collective. Additionally, Rohan has had the honor of collaborating with Kashmiri Folk artist Aabha Hanjura, showcasing his versatility and willingness to explore new musical territories.


Looking ahead, Rohan Raveesh dreams of collaborating with esteemed artists like Anoushka Shankar, Shakti, and The Midnight. His aspiration to work with such renowned musicians demonstrates his dedication to pushing boundaries and creating innovative music.


As you embark on a journey through Dreamstate's "Effigy," allow yourself to be enveloped by the rich melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Rohan Raveesh and his band have crafted a musical masterpiece that not only entertains but also encourages personal reflection and growth. Keep an eye on this talented musician as he continues to make waves in the music industry with his unique blend of genres and compelling storytelling.


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