Raman Negi Curated

Playback Singer, The Local Train

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  • None of you knew each other before and met only as a band. How did that work out?

    It’s a crazy story; I don’t know how this works out.

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  • Where do you draw the line between personal and band life?

    There is no line right now.

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  • The band has around a million views collectively on the YouTube channel and has skyrocketed in popularity lately. Is the decision to stay an ‘indie’ or independent band a conscious one?

    I will tell you the real reason we are independent is that we do not like how the industry functions in the country. You see actors singing on screen, but they’re not really artists, they are just stars. At some point in time, somebody has to really call it out. The only people, who can call it out, are people who remain true to their art.

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  • You performed a new song today, Khudi. Can you tell us about the songs in the upcoming album?

    “Khudi” means yourself. “Khudi ko khud se mila le” (making you meet yourself) could stand for anything. For us, it’s more about finding yourself through doing stuff that makes you realize who you are. None of our songs are close-ended. They can’t be. People look for different meanings in songs and take what they like out of them. Everybody will have his or her own interpretation, and that is how it should be.

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  • We heard the band had a lot of difficulty shooting for the video of your song Dil Mere. Can you tell us more about that?

    This is how it’s going to happen now. We’re done with the formal interviews, and we’re going, to be honest. Dil Mere was shot in 8 days and took around 30 days to edit. The director planned the scenes and gave us all our parts.

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  • This is your second performance in Manipal, and you mentioned a few times during the concert that Manipal is your favorite place to perform. What brought you back here?

    We feel that you guys know the songs better than anywhere else we go, which is great.

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  • When facing a creative block, where do you go for inspiration, and why?

    In January 2018, when our album Vaaqif came out, we had been touring on the road non stop. During that time, we performed at various shows back to back without sleeping for two years. At the same time, we were also expected to get back in the studio to create something new. Naturally, then, inspiration became difficult and it got hard for us to write. That’s when we decided that, as a band, we would only do one thing at a time instead of doing everything at once. Now, we take breaks, pack our bags and travel, spend time at home, and come back with a refreshed zeal to create music.

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  • Being a four-piece band, how do you incorporate various tastes, opinions, and styles into your music-making process?

    If a person is a solo artist, his/her influences will be very unilateral but with four people, you have four independent minds working together on a craft. Even though all of us come from different influences, we are all on the same page when working, despite listening to different music, leading different lives, and coming from different backgrounds. It’s because of these differences that everybody brings a certain flavor to the table, making the final version of the song quite interesting to listen to. That’s how The Local Train becomes a band — by bringing together various perspectives.

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  • If given a chance to tour in only one country – apart from India – for a month, where would you go, and why?

    It will be have to be Japan because there is a lot happening there. Countries like Japan and Korea intrigue us as their art and culture is not as mainstream. We think it will be very interesting to see how people react when they listen to us play. To take our music to a place which is completely different in terms of culture and language will be quite thrilling and interesting.

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  • You’ve performed all over the country in places like Mumbai, Delhi, Shimla, Kangra, Calicut, Trivandrum, and more. Among the many cities you’ve performed in, which Indian city would you consider the musical capital, and why?

    Honestly, we don’t think India has a musical capital. Right now, as a country, we are in the initial stages of discovering our own independent music scene, culture, voice and art. With millennials, everything has changed in terms of musical exposure. There’s been many influences from other countries. At this time, we shouldn’t be experimenting by bringing western sounds into Indian music. Take Jammu, or even north east for that matter… We have some brilliant artists coming from there. Having said that, no one particular place can stand out as a musical capital just as yet. India will eventually find one.

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  • You’re a home-grown band from Chandigarh and Delhi. How have these cities impacted your work?

    We are all from different places, but we eventually met in Chandigarh for college. Life in Chandigarh is a little laid back. At times, it can get too convenient. Cities like these inspire you in a different way when compared with faster-paced cities like Delhi and Mumbai. So, Chandigarh’s style of living gave us a different perspective of seeing the world.

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  • What inspired you to create music with empathetic lyrics, which blend Urdu and Hindi?

    Our band mostly consists of 90’s kids who grew up listening to Indian music before being introduced to genres like pop and rock. Because of this, our roots and thoughts are still essentially in Hindi. Even our internal dialogues are in Hindi. Moreover, Urdu poetry has been a part of us since the beginning, and we enjoy it a lot. That’s why when it comes to expressing ourselves, especially through Hindi music, it has always been natural and poetic for us.

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  • This is your maiden performance at the coveted SulaFest. What convinced you to make your debut here?

    Honestly, we did not need any convincing to perform at SulaFest. We think it’s a great place for the people like us — who’ve never explored this side of the country before — to come and perform in front of a new audience. For the past one year, we have been getting lot of queries and messages from people asking why we hadn’t played at Nashik yet. We didn’t even know that people from this city knew our music! So, to actually go and perform for these people will be a great experience for us.

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  • India is host to innumerable music festivals all year around. What do you think makes SulaFest, particularly this year’s edition, stand out from the rest?

    As musicians, we often get to see different kinds of music festivals. Nashik doesn’t have too many musical festivals, apart from SulaFest. Last year, we met a few artists who had already played at SulaFest, and they have told us that the kind of music they experienced here was pretty vast and diverse. Artists from all over the world have come and performed here. Besides, we’ve been a big fan of Sula, and it feels really good to be a part of it this year. We’re really looking forward to it.

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  • Finally, what is your message to the crowd?

    The message is to just do your shit man, sooner or later it’s going to stink, and people will find out! Be honest in whatever you do! If you share, and your team is strong things eventually get better for you, and that’s something that social media taught me!

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  • Because you spoke about MySpace, this is a generic question: are such social networks a good thing or a bad thing?

    It is an amazing thing. It is the best thing ever. This band is an independent band. We released the album ‘Aalas Ka Pedh’ independently and it is one of the top selling albums in India. The Song ‘Aaoge Tum Kabhi’ was featured in the movie ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ just because of the fact that it was shared on social media and a producer saw the video online and approached us. It is definitely a blessing!

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  • Can you chronologically take us through the highs and lows of ‘The Local Train’?

    The lows that we hit were just roadblocks. Hopefully tomorrow when you guys will have start-ups, and you’ll be doing something you’re really passionate about and you’re really determined about doing it – you’ll know what we’re talking about! When you’re really motivated to do something it just boils down to problem-solving.

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  • Your songs are very lyrical; do you think your music conveys a message along with it?

    Of course! Every song has a message. ‘Choo Lo’ is a love song, ‘Khudi’ is about self -belief, ‘Aaoge Tum Kabhi’ is about hope. We are just like you guys. Even though this is a roaring business and it’s a lot of fun now, each of us went through our own personal hell to get here. So yes, these songs are about us, and the people that we meet on the go.

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  • When you compose a song where do you get your ideas from and how does a song evolve?

    There is no proper way or formula to it! Somebody just comes up with some idea and we all sit down and develop it. Songs are done over and over again, maybe for even two years. The fact that we live together definitely helps make the process a more organic one. We jam at home, it’s a comfortable setting and we’ve developed a rapport among ourselves whereby it becomes easier for us individually to pitch and play with ideas.

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  • How do you feel about the current scenario of bands in India?

    Through our work, we’re basically just trying to give Hindi music the respect that it deserves! Over the years its degraded exponentially. So we’re just here to sing simple songs about things like love, life and hope rather than somebody’s ass and somebody asshole.

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  • During a gig, what tracks do you enjoy performing the most?

    Odisha is a completely new region for us, since this was our first show. If you came to Delhi, you’d be like, “Shit, these people are actually famous!” But for us to come here, and meet such a receptive audience that we could play about ten original songs, is phenomenal! Aalas Ka Pedh will definitely revamp and reinvent a lot of things. It’ll help people understand the identity and stronghold of this band. We’re really pushing for it next year, along with two other videos and a couple of other songs. Let’s see how far it goes.

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  • In 2015, in "Top 50 Rock Bands of India" held by "Sennheiser India", you were named as India's No. 1 rock band. Walk us a bit through that competition and the experience.

    It was the most amazing competition we have ever participated in! We were working on a song, then, called ‘Yeh Zindagi Hai’. In the competition you basically had to upload a song, a video and then an interview.

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  • How do your influences help you draw inspiration for your songs?

    This band offers a lot to the listeners as everyone has a different musical influence and that is what we bring to the table, otherwise we would have just been any other regular fusion band. Everything served as an inspiration for us – being broke, having fights, the blows that life doled out to us, everything added up in the end!

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  • Tell us a bit about your individual selves, about your life before the formation of the band.

    I studied Computer Science Engineering and then took up a position in TCS for 6 years. In 2012 I quit my job, after which I met Ramit and through him I met Sahil. The three of us were doing music together when we finally got Paras to jump the bandwagon and this is what it’s all come to!

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