Wednesday , 22 May 2019
Trippin on the offbeat

Trippin on the offbeat


Tushar Kamat does not like fixed patterns. Always up for experimenting with new sounds and combinations, his love for the unconventional however at times has led to confusion among some music producers that he has worked with. “They used to admit that they couldn’t understand my song structure, but I had logic behind it,” says Kamat, who decided to then break his music down into systematic language with a proper definition.

“We need to break the mentality that a song has to follow a pattern where the lyrics have to be written in such a way, following the meter, that there should be four lines in a stanza, that there needs to be a chorus between two stanzas etc. It was important to put forward this school of thought where by not following a pattern you can create a new pattern,” he explains.

After working for almost four years on his new sound, Kamat has now christened it as Indian trip hop. This new style can be defined as a progressive Indian sound that follows the aesthetics of electronic music, blended with the soul of Indian songwriting with unconventional lyrical content. And his two new albums – ‘Life in a Room’ and ‘Main Kaun’ – have been done in this style.

‘Life in a Room’ which has been produced about 8 to 9 months back consists of five songs based on different emotions – devotion (The Beginning of Zero), passion (Falling Again), love (Trap of Maya), experience (We Look Back), and realization (Revelation of Infinity). ‘Main Kaun’ however was completed a little over a month ago. The songs from both albums are in Hindi or are instrumental tracks.

However if you can’t wait to hear this new style of music soon enough, Kamat has just released a new single ‘Naa Rahe’ in this same style. Narrating how the tune all came about, Kamat discloses that he was on his way to Mumbai by plane when he noticed an old man with a shirt that read ISKCON. An idea began to form in his head. “Before leaving for Mumbai I had been working on a tune. Upon listening to it again, I realised that it could be fused with an instrumental track that I had composed seven years ago called Finding Utopia which was meant to be for ISKCON,” says Kamat. And that’s exactly what he did. ‘Naa Rahe’ was released on July 8 on the occasion of his favorite poet Baakibaab Borkar’s death anniversary.

Kamat has also worked on another single with Goan fadista Sonia Shirsat – ‘Raaz Hai, Mujhya Goyaa, A Minha Goa’. The tune was made two months ago and consists of five languages –spoken Konkani, ancient Konkani, Hindi, English and Portuguese. The duo are now looking at shooting the video in Portugal.

And while there has been a lot of talk in the music world about singles now being the in-thing as opposed to albums, Kamat does not agree. “Singles are great for artists who have a fear of their work going unrecognised. When an artist releases an album, there is usually that one great song that can completely overshadow others. But artists should have a mindset where it should not matter. The other songs will also be played, get viewed and downloaded,” he says. Kamat also states that artists need to start believing that not everything that they make is going to be great. “Everything that you make is an expression of your life. Your life has multiple colours. In the same way, your music too will have different colours and not all the colours will be enjoyed by the audience,” he says.

Having been a part of the 30 May Collective, Kamat is also looking at releasing the music album soon and is hoping to work further with the folk music artists. “I am looking at making a ten year programme and will do at least five to six seasons with them. I want to cover different kinds of folk music – Hindi, Muslim, Christian etc,” he says.

Apart from this, he is also working on an album with noted Indian playback singer Suraj Jagan and another with regular collaborator Jairaj Joshi.