If you have grown up in Kolkata, music will be part of your blood. Travel through the old lanes and you can hear kids either playing the harmonium or doing riyaaz (practice).
That’s the scene with most households. Parents not only push their kids to concentrate on studies but also learn music and dance. Kolkata-based pop band members Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh were no exceptions. Singer-songwriter Nischay Parekh and percussionist Jivraj Singh are striking a chord with audience with their music and videos.
While Parekh was introduced to music by his mother, Singh was brought up by musically-inclined parents who are singers and musicians. Parekh and Singh who have been working together for several years now, are changing the face of indie-music scene in India.
The duo first came to limelight after their music video I love you baby, I love you doll got 1,70,000 views on YouTube within a week. The song was part of their debut album Ocean, which was released by UK-based independent label Peacefrog. Since then, they have created interesting singles like Panda, Philosophize and Ghost.
The band — Parekh & Singh — is going to perform at High Spirits, as part of Wicked Weekends, today. They say there’s a lot of music and videos happening there.
What can we look forward to at High Spirits?
An extremely well curated and designed club show where the emphasis will be on the music and the world of Parekh & Singh.
How do you define your music?
In the current situation, dream pop.
Parekh & Singh sounds more like a corporate or law firm. I am sure you could have come up with a more musically-inclined band name.
Perhaps, but that wouldn’t have been as much fun!
How did the two of you come together as a band and how is it creating music together?
Many years have passed since we first met and we have become best friends over time. The music happens as a result of our friendship and brotherhood. We both understand the spiritual quest of letting go of the ego, and truly enjoy the experiences of life.
Are you working on anything post your debut album Ocean, considering you have a five-record deal with London-based Peacefrog Records?
More music, more videos, more images, more secrets.
Since your launch, you have only concentrated on indie-music. How have you managed to stay away from the mainstream music scene?
We have never thought about things as being either indie or mainstream — we just enjoy music, art and the other real-world video games of life.
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Catch the pop band at High Spirits, Mundhwa-Koregaon Park Road on
August 12 from 8 pm onwards