The Parikrama bassist talks about in­de­pen­dent mu­sic and re­leas­ing songs on the in­ter­net

The Parikrama bassist talks about in­de­pen­dent mu­sic and re­leas­ing songs on the in­ter­net

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com ■

Gau­rav Balani (right) is the bassist for Parikrama, one of the big­gest English rock bands in In­dia, but the Delhi based mu­si­cian says that he yearns to play his own mu­sic. “I love com­pos­ing and play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic on stage. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t get to per­form them,” he says.

In the last six months, Gau­rav has col­lab­o­rated with dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians and so far, has re­leased two sin­gles, Il­lu­mi­nate Feat. Ujwal Na­gar and Bonzo Feat. Julie Hill. “All the artists that I’ve col­lab­o­rated with have been peo­ple who’ve in­spired me. I have a long list of peo­ple with whom I want to work with. Solo mu­sic is the medium through which I per­form my own songs and it’s im­por­tant to me,” says Gau­rav.

Hav­ing re­leased both the sin­gles on the in­ter­net, Gau­rav feels the medium is a boon for in­de­pen­dent artists, who don’t have the lux­ury of be­ing backed by big record la­bels. “It’s an im­por­tant medium. The in­ter­net now con­nects artists with the world wide au­di­ence. It’s eas­ier to reach out to fans that help in­de­pen­dent artists gain pop­u­lar­ity,” he says.

How­ever, the singer does be­lieve that in­ter­net has be­come a bit chaotic. “With the ad­vent of in­ter­net, ev­ery­one has a medium to re­lease their mu­sic. But, in the end, tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity al­ways re­ceives ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Any­one has the right to put out their con­tent, but the ones who sus­tain them­selves and build an au­di­ence are the ones who have a bona fide in­tent,” he says.

I love com­pos­ing and play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic on stage. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t get to per­form them GAU­RAV BALANI, BASSIST

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