‘SAY YES TO MU­SIC, NOT NOISE’

Gau­rav Raina ex­pects mu­sic lovers to re­ject ca­coph­ony and lis­ten to good mu­sic on In­ter­net

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

Mu­si­cian Gau­rav Raina (above), one half of the pop­u­lar group Midi­val Pun­ditz isn’t a big fan of pro­mot­ing mu­sic on the In­ter­net. “I don’t like it too much. I feel it has re­duced the value of mu­sic and made it read­ily con­sum­able by giv­ing it a lim­ited shelf-life,” he says.

The Delhi-based mu­si­cian rec­om­mends that lis­ten­ers “nav­i­gate through noise” on the In­ter­net to get the best mu­sic. “Hav­ing said that, I think it is a plus point that mu­sic is more ac­ces­si­ble now and the gap be­tween mu­sic and its lis­ten­ers is re­duced. It isn’t dif­fi­cult any­more to stream­line be­tween the lev­els of tal­ent in the sea of dig­i­tal mu­sic avail­able to us. Nav­i­gat­ing through this is rec­om­mended,” says Gau­rav, who re­leased his sin­gle, Dream, as a solo artist, Grain.

His solo projects don’t have an ef­fect on Midi­vial Pun­ditz or his part­ner on the project, Ta­pan Raj. “Ta­pan has been sup­port­ive of my solo ca­reer, as it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from Midi­val Pun­ditz and I think it is a plus point that mu­sic is more ac­ces­si­ble now and the gap be­tween mu­sic and its lis­ten­ers is re­duced GAU­RAV RAINA, MU­SI­CIAN helps me re­lieve my artis­tic ex­pres­sions in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent sphere,” he says. Pow­er­ful vi­su­als are an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent for Gau­rav’s mu­sic and he feels that it’s im­por­tant for the mu­si­cian to have mean­ing­ful vi­su­als with a song. “The mar­riage of mu­sic and vi­su­als is an age-old the­ory. These pieces of art are not only col­lab­o­ra­tions, but also ve­hi­cles that help de­liver a pow­er­ful kick into the lis­ten­ers’ mind. I be­lieve that mu­sic can tell a story and these sto­ries be­come a part of one’s mu­si­cal iden­tity.”

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