Independent music is still not considered a secure career in India, how did you deal with the conventional thought process?
Yes it is true that Indie Music is not yet an economically secure career option in India but the scene is definitely growing and there has been a visible change for the better in the past couple of years. What can be safely said is the wheel is unlikely to roll back. The scene can only progress. The more mediocre Bolly music saturates the Indian ears, the more will be the demand of quality, original, experimental Independent Music.
What is the inspiration behind your music?
There have been innumerable inspirations and influences behind what is Kaivalyaa today. Apart from the immense faith and belief of our family and friends, we derive great inspiration from our favorite artists and personalities especially ones who have dared to think out of the box and have made their own path among a labyrinth of formulaic ways to success. Above everything, Life with its bagful of surprises, happy or sad, inspires us the most.
Who are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music?
All members of Kaivalyaa have some kind of musical education and approach which are diverse. This leads to interesting amalgamation of styles. Hence we are influenced by a variety of artists and genres ranging from Hindustani Classical music to Pink Floyd; Mozart to Yanni; Rush and Porcupine Tree to Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea.
Which are some of the most memorable performances of yours so far?
Kaivalyaa has had some wonderful time playing for audience all around the country. Among these the most memorable ones would certainly be our days at MTV ROCK ON Season II ,(2010-2011). We were honored to have played in front of and often shared stage with great people like Rahul Ram, Pritam, Salim Suleiman, Rabbi. The experience was extremely enriching for us. More recently, our gig at BIMTECH, Noida, during the month of March has been one of the craziest so far, with the crowd cheering so loud, we could hardly hear ourselves.... and they said we brought the rains with our music!
What do you think about the changing scenario of Independent music in India?
Like said before, It will be very relieving to have back the habit of buying original music among the general listeners. That will do Independent Music a whole lot good.
What are some of the changes/ developments ?
It’s surely noticeable that a lot of initiative is being taken by various generous platforms like Songdew, Oklisten, OML, RSJ, Rollingstone, Hard Rock and BlueFrog cafes etc to spread independent music and it’s also gratifying to see the listeners are slowly responding. They are more willing to spend for the music they like and ideally this trend should only be growing leading to a wholesome industry for alternative music.
What gives you more satisfaction as a musician- creating new music or performing or jamming?
Whether we are performing or producing records, the gratification comes from the love, appreciation and acknowledgement shown to us by our listeners and by patrons like you. It’s like a confirmation that we are doing something worth and meaningful. It gives us the fuel of motivation to carry on.
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on daily basis?
We believe too much scheduling kills creativity. We are comfortable hanging out together, eating and drinking, writing new music and of course jamming but all in a relaxed regime.
What would you like to say to some of the young , budding artists/bands who want aspire to become a musician like you?
All we want to convey is : Do not imitate, spend a lot of time to discover your own voice and once you've done it, Believe in it and speak what u believe.