Mumbai-based impartial musician-songwriter Tejas explains what inspired him to launch his new single Lead within the lockdown.
Elaborating on the 2 causes for selecting t launch throughout a pandemic, he admits the part has given many impartial artistes room to breathe. He says, “It’s a second of time for us to shine and put out music. A chance to capitalise on it and it’d be foolish to not do it.”
The opposite motive that motivated him is the sort of songs being launched now — he didn’t need to echo the identical sentiments. “They (songs) are topical and related with ‘don’t fear, we can be wonderful’ or ‘We’ll do issues collectively’ sort of messages. Artwork for me isn’t just a message but additionally an escape, one thing that uplifts and takes you to a unique area. I selected to go along with the tune as a result of it’s nonetheless related to me and I wouldn’t change my thoughts even when there wasn’t a pandemic.”
The one distinction between Lead (which can finally result in Tejas’ new album later this yr) and his first EP is the manufacturing and its scale. “I wouldn’t name it an evolution of me and my band, however we’re extra educated within the technique of writing music and being higher composers,” he says explaining the complexity they add to make pop music extra various. “Pop/impartial music now remains to be very acoustic, guitar-driven and whereas I really like that it’s my principal instrument after vocals, I nonetheless need to present that it takes one again to the time of Phil Collins (English drummer, singer) and Bruce Springstein (American singer, songwriter) once they used to have a myriad of devices and manufacturing preparations to point out issues one can do in pop music. One can take situations from completely different genres and with the fabric obtainable, create a palette that’s becoming to the songs.”
Not desirous to waste the time throughout lockdown, Tejas collaborated with musician Dinkar Dwivedi for a musical — Convention Name, a parody on video requires workplace conferences. Additionally that includes artistes Kamakshi Khanna and Adil Kurwa, the musical additionally spoofs the ‘clichés in promoting sector.’ Curiously Tejas had earlier labored within the promoting discipline and the clichés had been half the rationale why he left the trade. “I needed to place the time to good use and create one thing humorous,” he explains.
Will there be extra collaborations? “I’m famously a horrible collaborator as I get private about songs that go on my album. It’s completely different for films and podcasts however music is a private journey. However I hope I’m shedding that want, so there is likely to be extra collaborations in future. We’ve some concepts for this album (Lead) however we don’t know after we will go along with it.”
He calls the lockdown part, a time to replicate for musicians and evolve their function in society and search for methods to domesticate a brand new sort of viewers. He feedback, “Many tune writers, musicians and bands victimise themselves and discuss concerning the hey days. I don’t know what sort of glory they’re searching for which was a 90s idea the place you go and carry out. Now individuals carry out on Instagram and on completely different platforms.”
He feels artistes need to work on one thing that takes longer to make however is increased in high quality which might deliver a refreshing change in music trade. ‘Not saturating the market with nonsense, evolving to do issues even barely completely different, can elevate the trade,’ is his mantra for change.
(Recorded at Island Metropolis Studios, Mumbai, ‘Lead’ is streamed on all on-line platforms; Music and lyrics by Tejas; Vocals, guitars, synth, keys, percussion by Tejas; Bass, Percussion by Adil Kurwa; Drums, percussion by Jehangir; Backing vocals, percussion by Mallika Barot; Backing vocals by Aria Nanji; Label and distribution : Misfits Inc.)