‘We are ex­cited to per­form in In­dia’

Pop­u­lar Amer­i­can alt rock band Pud­dle of Mudd gets can­did about their first tour in In­dia

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

They were sup­posed to come early this year, but due to “un­avoid­able cir­cum­stances”, pop­u­lar Amer­i­can alt rock band, Pud­dle Of Mudd, is fi­nally in In­dia for its six-city tour of the coun­try. The Psy­cho hit­mak­ers will be per­form­ing in Delhi at the Hard Rock Café on Sun­day. The band’s front­man and founder Wes Scantlin spoke to us over the phone. He spoke about mak­ing mu­sic, the band’s ex­cite­ment to play in In­dia and more. Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view:

You are fi­nally per­fom­ing in In­dia af­ter it got post­poned for six months. How ex­cited are you about your per­for­mance here?

I was re­ally up­set when it (the tour) got post­poned. But the cir­cum­stances were such that it had to be post­poned. Now that we are here, I am re­ally ex­cited to per­form. I be­lieve that only few mu­si­cians get a chance to per­form in In­dia. I am glad that the wheel of for­tune was in our favour.

In the past, rock bands such as Led Zep­pelin and Bea­tles have spo­ken about their love for In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic. Are you a fan of this genre of mu­sic as well?

I think clas­si­cal mu­sic is com­posed with a lot of ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion. It’s mes­meris­ing. The per­cus­sion, the drum pat­terns are re­ally in­trigu­ing as well. As a mu­si­cian, I re­ally love lis­ten­ing to mu­sic that’s dif­fer­ent from what we usu­ally lis­ten to or play. In­dian mu­sic is very unique in its own way and that’s why I guess peo­ple love lis­ten­ing to it!

Does it bother you that peo­ple some­times only know you for the hit song, She Hates Me?

Oh no, ab­so­lutely not! I am in fact flat­tered by it. I wrote that song a long time back and when I was in that zone, I felt that way. The funny part is that now she hates me even more (laughs)! Our son re­cently turned 18 and I am so happy. You know why? I don’t have to pay for child sup­port any­more!

I be­lieve that only a few mu­si­cians get to per­form in In­dia. I am glad that the wheel of for­tune was in our favour Wes Scantlin, band’s front­man

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