Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk and R&B, SOULMATE was formed in Shillong, in October 2003 when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to playing the Blues and spreading awareness about this important genre of music. Since then have played numerous gigs all over India and Abroad. In 2011 they played in the US selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Maximum India Festival, did a successful 4 city tour of Norway, and have shared billings with Matt Schofield, Johnny Lang and Shemekia Copeland at the Mahindra Blues Fest in Mumbai 2011, Gary Clark Jr at The Jakarta Blues Festival 2009,John Mayall at the Jakarta Blues Festival 2010 ,Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker Jr, Robert Randolph Jr at the Mahindra Blues fest 2012 , Robert Randolph and The Family Band,Dana Fuchs Band, Jimmy Thackery,Popa Chubby,Walter Trout at the Mahindra Blues Festival 2013 and then most recently with The Tedeschi Trucks Band,Jimmie Vaughn, Doyle Bramhall II,Zac Harmon and Lil’ Ed and The Imperials at the Mahindra Blues Fest 2014.and Guitar Shorty at the Ode To The Blues Festival 2014 in Bangalore In October 2012, they opened for Carlos Santana, in Noida India
In the past Soulmate have toured the USA playing in Memphis Tn., Brown University- Rhode Island & Colorado and were twice semi finalists at the 23rd & 26th International Blues Challenge. They have performed in France (Disneyland, Paris), Germany (Baltic Blues Festival 2012), Sweden (Gothenburg and Monsteras Roots and Blues Festival 2012), Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival), Dubai (Du World Music Festival), Indonesia (Jakarta Blues Festival 2010/2011) Bhutan and Kathmandu (Jazzmandu-2004 / 2005 / 2008).