Sahil Makhija has been a major contributor to the Indian metal scene. His band Demonic Ressurection has been awarded the Metal Hammer Golden God award for the best global band. Apart from his band, Sahil also headlines a cooking show by the name Headbanger's kitchen. After cooking some really scrumptious food, Sahil has now moved on to Keto cooking. The Internet calls him the Keto King and we got a chance to speak to Sahil about his journey. Here is what he has to say!
You have been a pioneer in the Indian metal scene. How has the journey been so far?
The journey has been full of ups and downs. Demonic Resurrection started 19 years ago and it has seen a lot of line up changes and albums and EPs. There has been a lot of change in the Indian metal scene too. It has gone from a lack of venues and audience to what we have today which is comparatively better. Now there are a lot more bands writing their own material, more venues and festivals.
How was the experience playing at festivals like Bloodstock?
Festivals are a lot larger abroad. I felt like a kid who went to Essel World for the first time. It's just a lot of metalheads drinking, headbanging and having a good time. Its a place where I felt at home. In India, Bangalore open air has stood the test of time. But most of the Indian fests are for one day. on the other hand, festivals abroad have camping, staying at the venue and a lot more going on. In India, you are pampered as a band where the promoter will provide you with all the equipment and gear whereas abroad, you have to carry your own stuff for each gig. So its a completely different experience abroad.
How would you define your relationship with food?
I've had a very good working relationship with food. I've always been obsessed with food. In fact, at a point, I wanted to be a chef! I Enjoy eating anything that is rich and creamy. I love dishes like Chicken Patiala, Chicken Reshmi Tikka Biryani and I also like Chole Bhature provided they are not spicy! I love going to places like Kofuku and The Bombay Canteen to eat, drink and hang out with people.
How did you get the idea for headbangers kitchen?
Everything I did was somehow related to metal and promoting my band. So around 2007, I started a food blog on Facebook where I just uploaded pictures of what I cooked. We were filming a music video once and I asked the director if he would shoot a food video for my blog instead of me putting up a picture. So that's when we came up with the concept of Headbangers kitchen. I started cooking food for bands and interviewing them and after a point, I knew that there was no turning back.
How did you move on to keto cooking?
After a point, my show had come to a standstill and there was no growth. I was starting to lose motive because the show was taking up my time which I could have spent on practice or working with the band. Eventually, I started a keto diet and I was making Cauliflower pizzas and Zucchini noodles and I thought that it's a pretty cool thing. So I thought id share these recipes with people. But instead of spending on production, I started producing the videos by myself in my kitchen. And the Videos kicked off! People started asking for more keto recipes and I've been cooking them ever since.
So are you going to keto cooking or go back to regular cooking?
Keto food is not really different. Its the same kind of food that we eat minus the carbs. So there is no bread involved and we use healthier options for things that have a lot of carbs!