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There's a lot of cynicism in India, says Faridkot singer

Ahead of the NH7 Weekender, Delhi-based band Faridkot's frontman and vocalist IP Singh shares his concerns about the Indian society, talks about the music he loves and things that keep him busy.

music Updated: Nov 28, 2013 18:10 IST
Subuhi Parvez
Subuhi Parvez
IP Singh,Vocalist,Faridkot

Celebrated Delhi Band Faridkot calls its music 'confused pop'. But behind the 'confusion', band's calm and composed frontman IP Singh stirs.

The Faridkot team prepares for their gig at the much-awaited NH7 Weekender in 'silence'. Singh calls it being away from the 'confusion'.

"Our country is in a very sad state. We need to change things. The change needs to come at the very basic level and that just can't be attained by hanging the culprit or killing them. That is not the answer," says Singh, expressing concerns over growing crimes against women.

Faridkot band members: (From left to right) Rajarshi Sanyal, IP Singh, Nikhil Rufus Raj and Sahil Mendiratta

"Things are happening all over the world. I guess we just need to respect women. That's the basic thing one must understand from the the law of nature," he adds.

Singh, who is the lead vocalist of the band, says the country is full of cynicism and people need a divine 'healing touch'.

"People go through so much muck, they end up becoming insensitive towards a lot of stuff. We need to figure out why we are standing where we are," the concerned musician says.

"The only change we can bring is by investing in our future and that is our kids."

But in all this confusion, the band finds solace in their music. The singer says the band is all set to release a new album early next year. The untitled album is expected to strike a chord with audiences with some feisty lyrics and sublime beats.

"The album is ready. We are going to do a lot of songs from it (album). That is what we plan to offer," Singh says.

Faridkot will be performing some of their unreleased songs for the upcoming NH7 Weekender.

The independent artist holds respect for the festival and at the same time sounds very nonchalant about his performance. Singh says the band is enthusiastic about the the Weekender.

"It's a very subjective experience. All depends on what you're playing and what language you're playing in. So, the scene here (in Delhi) is good, it's certainly better than what it was 10 years ago. People are getting gigs and bands are making ends meet somehow."

"...But there is a long road ahead of us and I think we should aim for the sky so that we land somewhere at a comfortable spot where music is treated as a profession and there is professionalism. I think that is where Delhi is slightly behind."

A fan of Amit Trivedi and Sneha Khanwalkar, Singh is very hopeful that his band will make something out of the mundane for Bollywood someday.

"People could always relate to our songs. Since we sang in Hindi, we reached a larger audience and that also played to our advantage," he says.

Besides Singh as lead vocalist, the Faridkot team has Rajarshi Sanyal (Guitars), Sahil Mendiratta (Drums), Akshat Taneja (Keyboards) and Nikhil Rufus Raj (Bass).

And, they are all rearing to go.

Music/artists that inspire him
Frame By Frame, a studio album by Cassadee Pope
Nikhil Kaul
Kaishav Dhar of Skyharbor band
Indigo Children

Catch Faridkot's performance
Date: 30th November, 2013 on The Dewarists stage
Event: Bacardi NH7 Weekender
Venue: Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

First Published: Nov 28, 2013 15:52 IST