Mahesh and the Mix(ing) at Toit

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We think good food, good beer and good music make for a great combination, and that’s what the Sunday Simmer Down at Toit is.

As a part of this initiative, we feature bands from around the world, and each of them have a great musical story to tell.

Last Sunday we had the very bluesy, the very melancholic, feels-filled Mahesh and the Mix, for our Simmer Down series.
For the uninitiated, the five member band consists of frontman Mahesh Raghunandan on vocals, Anish Nadh on guitars, Ravi Nair on bass, and Ashwin Shekhar on drums, with Johanson Prabhu handling sound.

Their sound is a refreshing one, with elements of Blues and Acoustic Rock, majorly deriving its signature style from Mahesh’s singer-songwriter work . We spoke to them about their ‘cheerful’ songs, melancholy and general notions about mixing drinks up…erm…things up.

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Has it always been the five of you?

Mahesh: It started off with Anish and me. This was Anish’s idea of me doing something bigger, than what I was doing as a singer-songwriter. He suggested we bring in session musicians and play the songs with them. We started jamming, and it felt good.
Ravi and Ashwin came in, and it felt good as a band, as a whole. So we thought we’d just go ahead with that.

This was Anish’s idea of me doing something bigger…

Anish: Johnson (his real name is pronounced Johanson, like Scarlet’s) came in a little late, and it was probably the best decision we made. We’ve tried working with the sound guys at the venue and they usually don’t get us. A permanent sound engineer is something we wanted, and he makes us sound good always.

Mahesh: He’s like the mentor, because he’s very, very, very, very old. He’s also like the manager.

So what’s the inspiration for your melancholic songs?

Anish: Mahesh used to write really cheesy love songs and I hated it. After he met me, and heard about all my ex-girlfriends, he got depressed. That’s why he writes songs like this now.

Mahesh: * laughs* Well, I can relate more to sad songs because it comes more naturally to me. I’ve dealt with bad times, and I still do. So I guess I can relate to the melancholic emotions in sad songs. I just want to be honest with the songs that I write.
The main thing for me, and the band, is emotion. We try really hard to make our songs as expressive as possible.

As a band, what is the most annoying question you get asked?

Mahesh: Why is it called Mahesh and the Mix?

Anish: Or, they ask us for our age. They want to know how old we are, because you know, Mahesh looks like he just got out of school.

So, why is it called Mahesh and the Mix?
* Interviewer thrills *

Anish: When it came to choosing the band’s name, we thought that Mahesh should take control and take the band in a direction he likes. He is the songwriter.

We try to meditate for a while before we get on stage.

How long has this line-up been around?

Anish: One year.

That’s a decent amount of time. Do you have any pre-gig rituals you’ve come up with over this year?

Ravi: We try to meditate for a while before we get on stage.

Anish: The main ritual is getting Ashwin (drummer) to the venue. Figuring out where he is—that’s the main ritual, because it happens every gig.

What’s the best gig you’ve played so far?

Mahesh: Recently, we had a gig of sorts in Coorg which was organised by an adventure tourism company. They called us, to join them, and said we could have a small performance at Coorg around a campfire.

It was completely DIY, we took our own gear, amps, mics, put some LED lights.
It was so beautiful, some 20-30 people sitting in front of us. I think that was one of the best gigs we’ve ever had.

Anish: And all of us drank a lot of beer and played that gig.

Do you guys drink beer?

Anish: All of us drink beer. * Apart from Mahesh, apparently. *
We’re big fans of beer.

According to you guys, what is the best and worst thing about the independent music scene in the country right now?

Anish: The best thing I’ve noticed, personally, are other musicians being there for you. Established musicians help us by answering our questions, and by helping us get our sound right.

The worst thing is probably that audiences nowadays are distracted. It’s never about the music alone. We used to have Sunday Jams and Freedom Jams, where it would be just about the music—no food, drinks, talking or any of that stuff.

We used to have Sunday Jams and Freedom Jams, where it would be just about the music

Mahesh: Being slightly diplomatic here, music is entertainment. It is! But the fact is that it is not just that. It’s an awesome thing that venues like this give us opportunities to perform, but at the same time, we need to make sure that people understand that it’s not just entertainment because we put our hearts and souls into it.

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Ravi: Usually, things like payments are not done on time. And not just that—sometimes bands are taken for granted in terms of no provisions, and not being given enough time to set up, and that’s really bad.
I mean, we love what we do. But if the band is treated better, we will end up doing a better show.

Switching to less serious topics, if you had to make a Fantasy Band League, who would you guys pick?

Anish: For me this dream line-up already exists in the form of Dream Theatre. I hear perfection there, so I can’t go beyond that.

Ravi: Guthrie Govan, Kyle Gass and Jack Black. And me!

Johanson: Of course I come from the sound perspective, but also musically, I might not be mentioning very popular names but they are some of the best in the industry—Mark Guiliana on drums, Jason Rebello on keys, Panagiotis Andreou on bass and David Coverdale on vocals.

Ashwin: I would go with something with a fusion-world music feel, so I would love to have Robin Ford on guitars, same bass player Jo mentioned, Lalah Hathaway from Snarky Puppy on vocals, and I guess I want to play the drums.

Mahesh: I’d like Jeff Buckley on vocals, John Mayer on guitars, Paul McCartney on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums. That would be a kick-ass band, and I would love to be their backing vocalist!

On a more serious note though, I think our set list is quite balanced.

Going local, which band would you like to play with apart from MATM? 

Ravi: Skrat. 

Anish: At one point Ravi, this guy called Shreyas, and I would write songs, and had a band called Lunatic Apes. That’s my dream band because it was fun learning and teaching each other.

Johanson: Nicholson. They’re good friends and I like their sound.

Ashwin: This band from Kolkatta called Beer Puppets.

Mahesh: Last Remaining Light, because the sound they have is so different and very, very nice.

Finally, this whole dark, melancholic, brooding vibe that you have going on—does it work with the ladies?

Anish: It’s worked for Ravi so far, I guess. But I think it’s his hair mainly.

Ashwin: On a more serious note though, I think our set list is quite balanced. We also have fun, jumpy numbers. It’s like life basically—you have sad, happy, neutral, confused moments, and it’s all a journey.

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Oktoberfest Special

märzen

The classic, traditional Marzen, this beer style originated in Bavaria and is brewed primarily for the Oktoberfest during the end of September and the beginning of October. 

Our version of the classic is an elegant, malty German lager with a rich and toasty malt flavour, with an aftertaste so rich that you can’t resist another glass. 

*(ABV in Pune and Mumbai is 4.9%, and 5.8% in Bengaluru)

AROMA

Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, rich, bready, toasty.

ABV

5.8%*

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture.

APPEARANCE

Amber Orange

FLAVOUR

Moderately-dry to dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness including a bready, toasty aspect. Moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavour.

Oktoberfest Special

German Pilsner

A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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TOIT PUNE

Specials

American IPA

West Coast IPA

A West Coast-style American IPA aggressively hopped with a blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops.

This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

Pine, stone fruit, citrus

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Deep Golden

FLAVOUR

A crisp, bold hop forward front followed by piney and citrus notes

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    • Brewery Tours are held on every 1st Saturday of the month. The tour and beer tasting session starts at 11:30am and lasts for about 1.5 hours.
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    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    Dark Vader

    Schwarzbier

    ​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.0%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    West Coast IPA

    SMaSH

    While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

    This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

    It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

    AROMA

    Floral, citrus

    ABV

    4.8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

    APPEARANCE

    Light yellow, slightly hazy.

    FLAVOUR

    Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Oktoberfest Special

    Schwarzbier

    This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    saison

    Lemon Tea Saison

    A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

    AROMA

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light to medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    FLAVOUR

    Citrus and pepper spice

    Specials

    Belgian Tripel

    Tripel X

    A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

    Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

    AROMA

    Complex fruity aroma

    ABV

    8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Pale gold

    FLAVOUR

    Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

    Specials

    Guest Tap - Oi Brewing

    Lemon Hard Seltzer

    100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


    The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

    AROMA

    Lemon

    ABV

    <4.95%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Crisp and spritz

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    FLAVOUR

    Tart lemon

    Specials

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

    This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

    We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

    AROMA

    Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

    ABV

    7.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Full body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep Amber

    FLAVOUR

    Rich malt, raisin and candy