|An interview with Raghu Dixit|
|Interviews - Interviews|
|Written by Simi Sehgal|
|Friday, 15 April 2011|
Being asked to do interviews is a standard part of being a journalist (and not necessarily the best part of it), so when the offer came in of doing a interview with Raghu Dixit, it went around the office & eventually landed in my inbox.
I've never actually heard of Raghu Dixit, so when the research began, it seemed he was quite a interesting person to interview, with some of the quotes flying around about him.. So having been given his UK number, I rang & caught up as he just finished his rehearhals for his UK Show at London's Southbank Centre.
First of all Raghu, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to speak to us. Trust us when we say it will BE WORTH IT! It seemed my idea at breaking the ice over the phone worked :)
Tell us a bit about yourself. Does music run in the family in any form?
Basically one of my good friends was a guitarist and he was just taking the mick, saying that I look like a girl, and that REAL MEN play guitar & sing. So I said to myself right, I’ll show him & within months I learnt to play & sing a little. So it was not a bet as such in the standard thinking & there was no outcome to worry about as such.
Well they have relaxed their attitude since. It was just they wanted me to concentrate on my classical music & my studies. If my dad was still alive he would be proud of me.
Well the thing was i had to move there to get myself a base Bangalore is similar to London in terms of music. But I don’t consider myself a guitarist, just a singer who can play a few notes.
Do you write lyrics to a song first or do you work on the music
I used to write my own lyrics in my native language but in Hindi I have other people who write the lyrics for me, as it’s not really my strong point when it comes to writing in it. I now prefer to compose the music to the poetry that I use as my lyrics, as I think it’s such a wonderful thing for youngsters to learn Poetry.
There is no single or guaranteed route to get a break into the industry. My main advice would be: Is be unique / singular in what you do. You can’t follow someone’s style as you would just be a clone. The other thing is have lots of patience & believe in yourself, as there is no such thing as a overnight success.
I’m more inspired by poetry from the South, but poetry overall.I do draw from my classical background to, when composing music for my songs.
LoL, well I don’t want to pigeon hole my music, so I would say its “Global music, which transcends culture”.
Well I don’t go out and aim for a particular type of audience. I just want to perform on the stage. I will always try my new material out in my live shows. That way you can tell from the response the audience give your new material. I do prefer to play at festivals and new audience who are not necessary fans or know my music, it’s a greater feeling
It was difficult as the yare just kids, but in shows like this this you have to be unemotional & try to do your job as a judge, and not let your feelings interfere
Well I started the band in 1997 & dissolved it in 2005. It was good while it lasted.
Well I’ve been lucky so far within the Bollywood market. They let me be me with my music, so it’s good, which like you said that there is no more POP music market now, as it’s just Bollywood now
I’m not really sure what it is about my music, but I do truly believe London is the hub of International, Alternative, World music, whatever you wish to call it. I mean put it this way this is my 10th if not more trip to perform in the UK over the last few years. Also there is a lot of hype about me, so I need to try & live up to the hype as a artiste / performer (laughs) & still remain grounded.
Well I would say it’s to get a international album deal done for my 2nd album as soon ias it’s done, which is hopefully by the end of this year.
Well as soon as i play the Royal festival hall, I fly straight to Mumbai to continue with a soundtrack score for a Bollywood movie. I also want to try & perform with as many different type of international acts as possible to help take my music further afield.For example I am performing with Bellow Heads (Who are the #1 English Folk Band in the UK) at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Alchemy season / festival. And I am back in the UK over the summer for a series of shows up & down the UK
I would simply say it’s “Contemporary Indian Folk”, and let the public decide for themselves if that’s the best way to describe it or not.
On this point we finished of the interview & I thanked Raghu for his time .
"What a huge voice Raghu has!" – Greg Parmley (IQ Magazine)
Questions By Simi Sehgal / Intro written & Interview conducted by Ex P2K Boss Tony Pabla
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