Q&A: JOHN McLAUGHLIN
John Mc Laughlin ,who won a Grammy this week, on his Mumbai gigs, his love for India, and the acts that have a permanent place on his playlist
Q. What made you revisit the Mahavishnu Orchestra era now as opposed to any other phase of your career?
Principally, two reasons: The musicians in the 4th Dimension have been requesting we play music from the Mahavishnu Orchestra era for two years now. In addition, this music is a supremely important period of my musical and personal life.
Q. Why do you think the 4th Dimension, which you formed in 2007, has become your longest-running band?
It is the greatest fusion band I ever formed. There is a wonderful spirit in the band that only appears when there is a deep connection between all the players that goes beyond the musical connection.
Q. India has been a source of inspiration to you for many years. Which are your favourite places?
You are right; India has been inspiring me since the ’60s. I do have favourite places, but it is my favorite people I wish to see. One place I’ll visit is Mount Arunachala with my wife. Sri Ramana Maharishi lived here for many years.
Q. What music are you listening to these days?
I listen to all my heroes (from) the East and West. Rajarathinam Pillai, Dr S. Balachander, Ali Akbar Khan sahib, Pt Ravi Shankar, Karaikudi Mani and V. Subramaniam. I also enjoy listening to qawwali. [From] the West, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Sly and the Family Stone...