Of Sticks And Cymbals and Snares And Toms: In Conversation With Jivraj Singh
The first thing you get to hear when you get in touch with Jivraj Singh (son of late musician Gyan Singh) is that he’s mighty busy and things are hectic. And with good reason too. With two albums, countless gigs and a hotel in Kolkata under his belt, it is safe to say that this dummer-cum-percussionist is pushing the envelope in terms of music in India. Go on, Google him if you must. Meanwhile, we were fortunate to have a conversation with Singh. Here are some excerpts:
We have to ask -- what are you working on right now?
Finishing album work with Nischay Parekh, starting album work with Amyt Datta (with whom I have a duo called Solar Plectrum), and about to mix tracks for a new project with Sandunes (Sanaya Ardeshir). Always rehearsing and practicing. I also have a day job at Broadway Hotel. It's all great and thoroughly fulfilling.
Tell us about the Red Bull Music academy and your experience?
I didn't know much about the academy when I applied. I definitely knew about a few months later when I got selected. Needless to say, it was the best two weeks of my life. Pure utopia. Some of the people I met there have become really good friends and collaborators.
Any deets you can give us about the Nischay Parekh album?
10 songs. Just the two of us this time, so there are a lot of quirky little boxes generating a lot of sound. We're a technology-heavy duo but in a toy-like way. Nothing high tech. We also have some gorgeous artwork from Ayesha Kapadia to go with the music.
What's happening on the PINKNOISE front?
Making a physical release for our current album The dance of the diaspora, a constant evolution of the visual show (https://vimeo.com/129461806), a multi-city tour coming up, and gradually figuring out what the next chapter will be.
Between all your collaborations, which is your favorite?
No way I can answer this one! I'm lucky to be able to collaborate with my favourite people, so they're all truly special.
What do you do in your spare time? "Read and sleep."
What's your favorite Indie music outfit from India right now? And why?
If I'm not allowed to say PINKNOISE and Nischay Parekh I'd have to say Nicholson. I love how he and his band create such an embracing world of artistry and meaning.
What's next on the agenda?
This year is already quite packed! Some solid international gigging would be the next major thing on my agenda next year. To the rest of the world, I don't think India is well represented outside of classical music.