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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

I felt the need to write these songs: Siddhartha Khosla

Nirmika Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 26, 2013
First Published: 13:51 IST(26/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:45 IST(26/10/2013)

Although he’s a second-generation immigrant to the US, Siddhartha Khosla has tried to capture memories that have, in a way, become the collective reverie of a certain section of the Indian population that has moved to west — age no bar.

The singer-songwriter, who fronts the New York-based band, Goldspot, is out with his third studio album — Aerogramme — which features songs about the experiences of his parents and other members of the immigrated Indian diaspora. Having grown up listening to Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi, the 'Friday' singer talks about his new record and why he is turning to crowdsourcing for the video of his next song 'Abyss'.

Why did you choose this theme — of moving to another place — for your album?
To me, an album is like a book. Every song is a chapter that tells a story. This album explores my parents' journey from India to the US in the late 1970s. That was a time when there was a need for doctors and engineers in America, and when immigration policies were more open. They came here with nothing. I spoke to my father about his experience of moving to a new place — things like saying goodbye to their families at the airport etc. That's when I felt the need to write these songs. They will resonate with a lot of people.

Why did you turn to crowdsourcing in India for your new video?
We have a wonderful fan base in India. Performing in the country has been one of the highlights of our career. That's why crowdsourcing our video makes complete sense.

Are you coming to India anytime soon to perform here?
We are trying to find the right dates and time to come. It is most likely going to happen early next year.

You have the legacy of a great video, ‘Ina mina dika’. Do you think a crowdsourced video will not work in your favour?
We have to wait and see. I don’t know what the results are going to be. We are hoping to get some amazing pictures by people that can make it to the video.

With this album, how do you think you have evolved as an artiste?
Just by the nature of this theme (for the album), I’m trying different things. It has allowed me to continue making the music that I want to make. My music comes from the heart. I have never composed anything keeping the radio in mind.

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