Q&A WITH AMIT TRIVEDI
So, you just rode the Red Bull Tour Bus. Do your best ideas come in the studio or do you like to venture out of the city to be inspired?
It is not feasible every time to go out. When I do, I go to Goa mostly. It’s the most chilled-out place in India. It’s like getting away from all the madness. You need silence and space in your life.
One instrument you miss the most in Hindi music.
The horn section. There aren’t many people, in Bombay at least, who do it. It’s kind of vanishing but I love it.
If you could go back in time, which musical decade would you choose?
The 1970s was the best ever. I don’t think it can be recreated, not in my life span at least. The best work happened then across the globe. I don’t know if it was something in the air or water. It was magical.
Do you get time to see live performances?
One day I will just tell Bollywood goodbye for six months. I have to take a sabbatical. I need to travel, understand more and get clued in with what’s happening around the world in music. Yes, YouTube does open up your world but it’s not the same as personally going and seeing.
What’s the best concert you have attended?
Shakti. I have seen them perform many times when the late U. Srinivas [mandolin player] was there.
—with Suhani Singh