When I first called up the Indian Ocean office, I wasnt sure if they would agree to give an interview. After all, the interview was for my blog and not for some newspaper. Even then, the band obliged and gave this interview. Am grateful to them for the same. Thank you Indian Ocean. Best wishes for the future!
Bandeh is one of the most magical tracks that I have ever heard. Please tell me everything about it.
The Track has been written by piyush mishra, who is an old theater hand from Delhi. He used to write and perform with a group called ACT 1, and as he believed that songs like this can be written only when you are in the thick of things. So piyush and act 1 used to very often raise their voices against what they thought was wrong with society … so when some one like him pens down lyrics, like he did for ‘Bandeh’ coupled with the fact that we had a director like anurag kahsyap who gave a us a free hand … what you hear is the result of that.
As a band, you people have been making music for years together now. What were the odds you faced? How did you overcome them?
Let us put it to you this way that for the first 5 years, the earning of each of the band members was Rs 5000 per person per YEAR, and this was gross… Also beside a hand full of people who believed in us (which was mostly spouse and family), everyone else told us that what we are trying to do was stupid and would never work …. So we had no money, little or no support, and no end to this hard period in sight ….. But for us, we never looked at it then, nor do we look at it now as a STRUGGLE, because we never really had a goal in mind, nor do we have one. We just love doing what we do and hope fully will be able to do it for a long long time
All Indian Ocean songs have interesting lyrics. Either it is a Christian hymn or some kind of poetry etc. Where do you get these lyrics from?
The peculiar thing is that except for commissioned project, we have never really thought like, “let’s do a song in a 2000 year old dead language.” it just happened that we heard a friend of ours sing something, we liked it and we added our own twist to it … I guess we just keep our eyes and ears open, and if we like it, we use it (after giving due credit and taking care of all legal angles)
Does the Indian Ocean idolize any singer (or band)?
As a group, No, we dont. As individuals … the list is really long you see we guys are fairly mmmmmmmmm lets say mature.
Tel me something about your new album? When will you be performing in Gujarat next?
Our next album will be launched soon this year and will be available for free on our web site www.indianoceanmusic.com. These are the last songs that Ashim sang and the album also has a lot of songs that we composed for films (that never finished). So, we felt this is the best way to get music out and moreover, we wanted to bypass all the music companies. so, finally we decided to give it away for free.
We hope to be back in Gujarat soon.
A lot of youngsters these days want to follow their passion. But somehow they get into stuff they aren’t interested in-only because it is lucrative. Since you have braved such similar odds, what is it that you would say to inspire people who want to follow their passion?
For a lot of people money is a huge passion , just ask our manager hehehehehe … but seriously, if money is your passion then go for the thing that pays the best and if music is your thing then sing sing sing … basically just do what ever you want but it must put a smile on your face and don’t blame anyone else, but your self if you don’t do what you really want to do.