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‘No My girlfriend ditched me type of songs’

In four years, Delhi’s band Advaita has moved ahead with its Indo-western fusion music. Abhishek Mathur of Advaita quizzed by Jigna Padhiar.

music Updated: Aug 06, 2008 14:47 IST
Jigna Padhiar

In four years, Delhi’s band Advaita has moved ahead with its Indo-western fusion music. Now, they’ll be performing at the Blue Frog on Wednesday and Thursday:

How would you describe your sound?
It is difficult not to have a genre attached to a band, so we call it fusion. But we’re open to all genres. Someone recently described our music as organic and natural, which we feel is quite a compliment. We’re a mix of Indian classical and western, ragas, taals, electronic, tabla and sarangi.

Why the name Advaita?
Advaita is borrowed from ancient Indian philosophy...it translates as non-duality. Our music is a spiritual quest that merges different sounds.

Inspirations and influences?
We love Indian Ocean, they are fantastic performers. We are still learning.

The guest book comments on your website suggests that listeners appreciate your lyrics...

We don’t do My girlfriend ditched me type of songs.The theme of our songs has been spiritual but not in an obvious way. It is based on spiritual questions most of us have within us. Right now Chayan Adhikari, the lead vocalist, writes most of the songs.

What will you be playing in Mumbai?
Only originals.. but of course we will shuffle the songs and not repeat any on the two days.

How would you compare the Delhi and Mumbai music scenes?
None of us stay in Mumbai, so it is difficult to comment, but Mumbai has superb recording studios.

Eight members in a band is quite a large number
Yes it sure is. We have expertise in diverse Indian and western instruments as well as vocals in our band, and we connect well. We make one another listen to different kinds of music. It could be Shakti, Pink Floyd or even Michael Jackson.

Any plans of releasing an album?
Our first album was recorded in Mumbai a while ago. This trip to Mumbai will also finalise the release of the album sometime in September or October. We are part of a compilation album being brought out by the British producer John Leckie. We are one of the four Indian bands on that album. It should be out by October.