Peepal Tree is a Bangalore based band. The band comprises Sujay Harthi on vocals, Tony Das on guitars, Praveen Biligiri on bass and Willy Demoz on drums and percussions. Their music can be described as Indian melodies sitting on funk grooves with overtones of electronica, and sung in Indian languages. This combination of elements makes for a very interesting new sound.
Each musician in the band brings a wealth of experience to this new project, having been part of some of the most successful bands from India. Peepal Tree has collectively played more than 1500 concerts globally, in their other projects, and has been a part of the Hindi and Kannada movie industries.
Tony Das – is the guitarist. He is also a part of the heavy metal band Bhoomi and used to play with independent music stalwarts Thermal and a Quarter, and hard rockers Moksha. He has toured extensively with these bands, within India and also Gulf and the UK.
He does sessions work as a guitarist, bassist, programmer, and writer/composer, both in the studio and live. He has also worked on some of the biggest grossing, and most highly critically acclaimed Bollywod movies of the last few years such as Paan Singh Tomar, Rowdy Rathore and Son of Sardaar, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, R.Rajkumar, with legendary music director Sandeep Chowta, contributing to the songs and background scores in these movies. He has also worked on Kannada and Hindi movies with Raghu Dixit.
Along with Sandeep Chowta, he has recorded, arranged, mixed, and composed for some of the biggest names in Jazz and Jazz fusion in the world. Artists like Scott Henderson, Virgil Donati, Jeff Richman, Simon Philips, Jimmy Johnson, Rafael Moreira, Anthony Crawford, Marco Sfogli, Melvin Lee Davis, Will Kennedy, Mitch Forman, Ricardo Silveira, Brandon Fields, and many more
Willy Demoz – is the drummer. He has performed globally with the Raghu Dixit Project for the last 5 years. He has also performed with other celebrated and well known bands like Vasundara Das, Sunita Sarathy, Sunita Rao, Keith Peters, Moksha, Bhoomi to name a few. As one of the most sought after drummers from Bangalore he has also performed with the well known Kannada music director Guru Kiran. He currently endorses Zildjian cymbals.
Praveen Biligiri- is the bassist. He has performed with numerous bands in Bangalore, most notably with his own band, Bhoomi. He has performed with these bands across the country for over 12 years. He has also composed and scored music for Kannada albums and a short film.
Sujay Harthi – is the singer. He has performed with various Bangalore bands, the most popular ones being Bhoomi and Second Hand, and has collaborated with other popular bands in the country. Bhoomi is currently recording an album with Grammy winning producer Neil Kernon. He has sung for various jingles and Kannada movies like Jatta, Ba Baro Rasika, and Nee Illade to name a few.