Delhi-based rock band Parikrama, which has been entertaining people with their music not just in India, but also in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon, Muscat, Dubai, Singapore, among other countries, recently visited Indore for a gig.
The band's visit to Indore was part of their 15-city tour and aimed to raise funds for underprivileged children. HT met keyboardist Subir Malik for a tête-à-tête. Here are the excerpts-
Parikrama has been together for 23 years. That's a long time. How does it feel to be 23?
Twenty-three is just a number. Being together for all these years proves how much fun we have together. We never see Parikrama as a profession and we don't depend on the band for our livelihood. We have taken shows on our own terms. We didn't want to do Bollywood and we have never thought of doing Bollywood as Parikrama and we wouldn't do it. We have refused so many Bollywood offers since 1995. I have an artist management company which helps me make a living. Sonam (Sherpa) has a music school. Srijan (Mahajan) has a studio. Gaurav Balani freelances with a lot of bands. In personal capacity, Nitin (Malik) and Sonam (Sherma) are doing a couple of movies.
Rock music isn't very popular among masses in India. Do you agree?
It's not about the genre. Half the songs from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara are rock. Pritam (Chakroborty) da, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi and Ram Sampath also make rock and roll music. It is just that they are sung in Hindi and we sing in English. In India, the masses don't speak in English. So, it's understandable if they cannot relate to a song in English.
You have been a regular to Indore. What brings you here?
I used to come to Maharani Road near railway station every two months to sell motor parts. Our shop at Kashmiri Gate in Delhi is one of the oldest shops of motor parts and it was started by my grandfather. For 16 years, I used to sell motor parts in the day and play music at night. From 1991 to 2006, I travelled to different cities and continued with my family business.
Can piracy be curbed?
We believe in piracy of our music. We have never sold our music. We give it out for free. It's not possible to stop piracy. For example, soon after an album releases anywhere in the world, it's available online for free within a few hours. It's very easy to record stuff and make copies.
What would you describe your genre as?
We were a blues classic rock band but when Iron Maiden took us to the 2007 tour, we made our music a little heavier. Though our core is the same, now we are a blues rock band with nuances of metal.
Any musical influences?
Well, it's Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, AC/DC and of course a little R&B. There are some amazing songs in Bollywood too. So, I listen to them as well.