n18
NEWS|Entertainment 
   |

About author

After chartbusters, a split, a regroup and a rechristening, the rock band 'Indus Creed' is back to wow audiences with a sound that's fiercely their own. A chat with the lead vocalist of the band, Uday Benegal, reveals their journey so far and what music means to them. Excerpts from the interview:

From 'Rock Machine' to 'Indus Creed', your best memory to date?
Wow, there are so many! One was playing with Slash, the guitarist of the band 'Guns and Roses', at the MTV India launch in Bangalore. Every time we record an album, every time we sing onstage and the crowd joins us. Ok, I have it! The one great moment was when we won the MTV Video Music Award (Asian Viewer's Choice Award) for our song, 'Pretty Child' in 1993!

How does a format like MTV Unplugged act as a showcase for bands?
We, as a band and as musicians individually, really loved the Unplugged format right from its inception. It brings songs and music down to its most elemental form. When you hear a song on an acoustic instrument, it is stripped to its basics. That tells you what a song is all about. I love music in the acoustic space. It's beautiful to explore, especially for bands since it shows what you can do as a musician. Plus, it's great fun!

Uday Benegal

Uday Benegal



How lucrative is the music scene for bands or independent artists today, compared to Bollywood?

Independent, non-Bollywood music cannot and probably will never be able to compete with Bollywood and therefore, should not. They are two separate worlds. Not that they can't merge, but they are very distinctive. While independent music will not make as much money, there's nothing stopping you from following another path.

And you have chosen to be independent...
The path you want to follow is a musician's choice. We choose this one because this is music we enjoy listening to, playing, writing and composing.
We make music for a very selfish reason - it makes us happy. So if a Bollywood project comes along, we would be happy to do it, but it would probably be on the side. The band, this is what we do, front and center.

How does the sound of 'Indus Creed' stand out as an English band?
Honestly, we don't look at our music as being different from Indian or international bands. This is OUR sound. There's no comparative term. We look at it in the absolute. We are different because each individual is different, within the band and as a collection of musicians. We express ourselves in the way we know how, and this perspective is what makes us different.

Watch a sneak peek of the second episode of MTV Unplugged featuring Indus Creed.


And as a band, how do you combine creatively despite being a diverse team of musicians?
Through exploration. We explore ourselves, and explore ourselves through our music.

What's on the cards for 'Indus Creed' after MTV Unplugged?
More music, a lot more live concerts, more albums and more good times because that's really why we do it!

10 songs we would find on your playlist right now?
Music I'm listening to these days? Well, there's 'Walk' from the Foo Fighters' album 'Wasting Light'. 'Pretenders' is another from the same band.
Bjork's 'Big Time Sensuality', 'The Who'- so many by them! Peter Gabriel's 'Washing of the Water' is beautiful. Songs by 'Karnivool', the post progressive Australian band, 'Porcupine Tree'....is that 10? (Grins)

How would you describe 'Indus Creed' in 5 words?
High energy, big on melody, expansive and emotionally layered.

And 5 words for Uday Benegal?
I like to have fun!


Tune in to Indus Creed's episode on Royal Stag Mega Music MTV Unplugged on November 17th, 2012. For more Unplugged photos and videos, click here.

To subscribe to show alerts on SMS, click here.

Tag : #Indus Creed #MTV Unplugged #Uday Benegal

Twitter

See older tweets

MTVunplugged

MTVunplugged

http://t.co/lKp7MymVWT - R.E.M. - I've Benn High (vídeo MTV Unplugged) - #IveBeenHigh #MTVUnplugged #REM

Posted 1:10 hr ago

MTVunplugged

MTVunplugged

RT @manaoficial: "Cuando los ángeles lloran... lloverá..." - Maná MTV #Unplugged http://t.co/Z88S1DkrQF #LiveMusic #MTVUnplugged #Maná #Thr…

Posted 1:25 hr ago

MTVunplugged

MTVunplugged

RT @manaoficial: "Cuando los ángeles lloran... lloverá..." - Maná MTV #Unplugged http://t.co/Z88S1DkrQF #LiveMusic #MTVUnplugged #Maná #Thr…

Posted 2:30 hr ago

MTVunplugged

MTVunplugged

RT @radioaparatopy: #AparatoVivo comienza su semana con Oasis #MtvUnplugged 1996. Buena música en vivo, sin interrupciones. http://t.co/5wh…

Posted 6:40 hr ago

Salman Khan fans mob the actor, \'Kick\' crew in Warsaw

from IBNLive

Salman Khan fans mob the actor, \'Kick\' crew in Warsaw

Warsaw: From being followed by fans everywhere to getting wide media coverage - the filming of Bollywood film \'Kick\', which stars Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles, has g...


Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra get married in Italy

from in.com

Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra get married in Italy

Putting an end to years of speculations and rumors, filmmaker and Yashraj scion Aditya Chopra got married to long-time partner actress Rani Mukerji last evening in Italy. The couple's wedding was a small,intimate affair.

A fashion student's guide to chic Alia Bhatt's '2 States'

from IBNLive

A fashion student's guide to chic Alia Bhatt's '2 States'

All those who saw Alia Bhatt in that opulent wedding ensemble in '2 States' must have been swayed by her look for once. And why not, when it's India's avant- garde couturier Manish Malhorta decking u...

'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless

from IBNLive

'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless

If Spike Jonze's 'Her' imagined a delicate, heartfelt romance between man and his artificially intelligent operating system, then 'Transcendence', directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, takes a less optimistic view of the future, cautioning us about the dangers of relying too heavily on technology. They're two sides of the same coin, but where 'Her' felt fresh, original, and forward-looking, Pfister's film trades in familiar clichés.

Chetan Bhagat was a clown in campus; I'd crack up at his jokes, says wife Anusha

from IBNLive

Chetan Bhagat was a clown in campus; I'd crack up at his jokes, says wife Anusha

New Delhi: Over a decade ago, Tamilian girl Anusha Suryanarayanan fell for Punjabi boy Chetan Bhagat on the campus of Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management (IIM). And yes, she didn't like...

61st National Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' wins best feature film, Best Actor for Rajkummar Rao, Best Director for Hansal Mehta for 'Shahid'

from IBNLive

61st National Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' wins best feature film, Best Actor for Rajkummar Rao, Best Director for Hansal Mehta for 'Shahid'

Director Anand Gandhi\'s powerful film about a photographer, a Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments won Best Feature Film at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013. \'Shi...

Dancing with Psy on Shah Rukh Khan\'s wish list

from IBNLive

Dancing with Psy on Shah Rukh Khan\'s wish list

Gurgaon: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his desire to dance with Korean rapper sensation to the tunes of his global smash hit \'Gangnam Style\'. The 48-year-old actor was formally ap...