Independent music is still not considered a secure career in India, how did you deal with the conventional thought process?
I’ve fortunately never had to deal with this problem, because apart from my music, I am nothing. I never had an alternate career to pick over music. Yes, for most multi-talented youngsters of today’s age, there are a lot of opportunities, that end up serving as distractions towards their commitment towards music. But, if you’re dedicated and devote your life towards music, it will take care of the rest.
What is the inspiration behind your music?
Life ! For me music, much like life, comprises of a myriad of emotions, ups and downs, thrills, excitement, sadness and a million different emotions. My compositions have been inspired by life events and situations mostly. Say for example, Philia, a song I wrote about that very strong feeling I had when I held my daughter in my hand for the first time. These events and emotions of life inspire me.
Who are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music?
Illayaraja is my biggest inspiration. I grew up with Indian film music as my father had a huge collection of Ghazals and old Malayalam film songs. Though I’ve played in rock and metal bands, my true inspirations remain with my roots.
Which are some of the most memorable performances of yours so far?
There’s an e-book I release about four months back. It has a chapter on some of the performances I’ve cherished. I urge you to download the e-book and read this and more. Click here
What do you think about the changing scenario of Independent music in India?
It’s thriving now and very different from what it was 15 years back. The really big changes include a) the emergence of many pubs and lounges that are able to sustain themselves while hosting live events regularly b) Producing music having become much easier with the technology and the equipments available c) Becoming popular is now much easier, thanks to social media and d) The emergence of alternative folk genres that have far reaching appeal than the traditional rock / metal genre that dominated the independent scene till late 2000s.
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on daily basis?
Well, yes I’m doing something or the other to do with music daily, whether it’s composing, recording, practicing, producing, teaching or playing live. I don’t have anything else to do, you see