Lost in the jam
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Lost in the jam

Stuart DaCosta, bassist of Something Relevant, speaks of Java Jazz their first international gig, to Rochelle Pinto.

music Updated: Mar 04, 2009 15:56 IST
Hindustan Times

Ok first things first, I checked the website and couldn’t find your names anywhere.. Hey we have nothing to hide, check the schedule. The website gets updated once a year, that’s probably why you couldn’t find us in the artist line-up.

Ok so how did Java Jazz happen?
Well we’ve impaneled ourselves with the ICCR which uses different bands to represent the country based on the music genres. And we’ve always been a socially active band, so perhaps this is a product of our goodwill.

Since this is your first international gig, does it feel like you’ve made it big?
Funnily, when we first got the call, Tanmay declined the invitation because we don’t really play jazz. Then after checking the lineup we realised that Jason Mraz is also playing there, so we got totally excited.

Seems like you’re more excited about Jason Mraz playing than about yourselves..
Well he’s one of our favourite musicians so I’m definitely going to brag about it.

Are you worried about how the audience is going to respond to you?
Not really. (Pauses) We’ve done our research and we know that Indonesians love Shah Rukh Khan. So we’ve come up with a few improvisations on his hits like the Yess Boss tune. (Starts humming)

Isn’t that selling out?
Not at all. Look none of us can even sing in Hindi so we aren’t going to attempt it. But they’re just great songs to jam on. Maybe we’ll twist one into a reggae song..

What are you looking forward to the most?
Playing for an audience larger than 10,000 people. We’ve performed to a crowd of 6,000 in Delhi once before and the energy that reverberates off the crowd becomes a humongous rush. So this is definitely going to take it to the next level.

Is that why some reviews complain that you guys get carried away with your performances?
Yes, we tend to get lost in our jams, but we’ve been working on improving that. Being a jam band means we let the spur-of-the-moment vibe evolve on stage. But we tape every concert so that we can learn from our mistakes. Not because we’re vain or anything.

Who comes up with the stunts you guys pull on stage?
It’s very impromptu. Though sometimes we come prepared. There are some songs that provide the perfect fodder for a gag. And all the band mates contribute with ideas. It makes everything more fun.

Any one time when it didn’t work?
(Laughs) Happens all the time to me because I tend to talk too much on stage. When people don’t get the jokes they yell for me to shut up.

Your album is in the process. Tell us what we can expect?
We haven’t compromised on anything. We’ve recorded using analog sound and top-notch technology. We decided to do it old-school.. which cost a lot more money.

You’ve done a bunch of random things as musicians, starring in Saif Ali Khan’s video for Asian Paints to name one. Multiple interests or short attention spans?
More like a cash flow issue.

Ever thought of asking Saif to jam with you?
No, we wouldn’t want that. We have a guitar player already.

First Published: Mar 04, 2009 15:53 IST