An enigmatic fusion of with soothing Indian Classical and spine chilling Hard Rock...that’s Vidyadhar Bhave for you guys! Besides a Singer, Lyricist, Music Director with a diverse music taste such as Classical, Hard Rock, Sufi, Electronica etc, he is also a Six Sigma Black Belt (Manager Business Process Excellence). Currently he is all set to release two albums so we caught up with him and discussed what’s about to hit the charts.
IMR: Namaskar Vidyadhar Bhave! Thanks for taking out time to talk to IndianMusicRevolution. Before starting the interview, it would be really great if you could give some brief introduction about yourself and your band?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Well to introduce myself, I am a self-taught musician who believes in making music not only for reason of entertainment but also to communicate and connect with everyone and express my feelings and experiences through my music. My band comprises of musicians who are already attached with different bands i.e. Abhishek Shah from ECHOES on Guitars, Sonu & Crosby on Bass (as per availability), Vinayak Drums, Neil on Sax and Violin, Shireen on Keyboards and myself on vocals and guitar.
IMR: So, 2 albums lined for back to back release, how are the preparations going at your end?
Vidyadhar Bhave: It's basically one film and one album that’s 2 albums...the production of the film songs is complete and scheduled for release but I would not like to divulge the details as of now...as for the album which is completely in English is a prequel to my debut album AWAY FROM LOVE. It’s the songs that I had written and composed with my old band FREEDOM which we never recorded. The album is now in its final stages of production and will take close to a month to complete.
IMR: It would really be interesting to know some of your influences because of the perfect fusion of Indian Classical and Hard Rock in your compositions. Can we?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Sure why not. In my formative years I was largely influenced by the Hindi film music from 60's to 80's which included composers like RD Burman, SD Burman, Shankar Jaikishen, and singers like Kishore Kumar & Manna Dey. Around my teens I developed a liking for Rock bands like GUNS 'N' ROSES, METALLICA, QUEEN, PEARL JAM, SCORPIONS, and around the same time started listening to a lot of Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and also the fusion I an indicator of my personality. I like to incorporate all sorts of learnings in my way of living. My next album after the current one could be a complete surprise...more evolved I would say.
IMR: At one end you sing Indian Classical which is pretty rigid as in there’s a fixed set of rules for composition and at the other end you sing Hard Rock which is abstract and allows freedom of expression in larger manner as compared to Indian Classical. So how do you manage to hit the perfect balance between these two?
Vidyadhar Bhave: The best way to explain this is like a marriage between a conservative individual with a planned life with an outgoing and impulsive individual...these opposites kind of compliment each other to a succesful synergy. It’s the same philosophy while marrying two completely different genres to give birth to a baby that brings out the best of both.
IMR: Okay, it might get bit technical, when you are singing "Classical"; your voice is pretty smooth, and when you do "Rock" it gets really very loud. So what special care you take to avoid any harm to your voice?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Hahahahaah...actually there is no special care required...singing loud and soft is based on use of vocal cords and lung power. A lot of it is in the mind...voice cannot be harmed by singing loud...it may just cause temporary sore throat and fatigue in vocal cords. At least that’s my personal experience!
IMR: If someone is listening to your songs like AWAY FROM LOVE and he suddenly watches the video he will really be shocked, coz a guy in Punk kinda look singing Indian Classical looks pretty weird. So what’s the idea behind such style?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Hahahaha...the shock actually starts from the name. People don’t expect a guy called Vidyadhar to sport a mohawk. But like I said before...my personality has shaped up due to influences of varied backgrounds. Tomorrow. I may start sporting a "shikha" (choti like Brahmins). The idea is trying to be comfortable with one's style.
IMR: Your genre list includes various genres like, Rock, Indian Classical, Sufi, Spiritual, Electronica and so on. So can sum up your genre in a single phrase?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Actually, I don’t like to limit myself or any musician to a genre. Genres are only created to technically classify each form of music. Just like food we eat is broken down into Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Vitamin etc. But when you consume food you actually don’t have it based on you liking more Vitamins or Carbohydrates or Proteins...you have wat you like...for me same is with music. I listen and make what I like...it's just two types of sounds for me...Music & Noise (what one likes is music the rest is just noise).
IMR: How would you distinguish the new albums from AWAY FROM LOVE?
Vidyadhar Bhave: AWAY FROM LOVE was more like a reflection my personality. Film music is something that has to be in sync with the directors and story tellers vision. And my current album is a prequel to AWAY FROM LOVE, songs that we made a decade ago and has the innocence and amatuerity in the compositins. But producton wise as you grow as a musician the quality of production will only improve with every album.
IMR: Now, what is the similarity between new albums from AWAY FROM LOVE?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Hahaha...yeh kya hai...ok...the composer...and my honesty to create and produce songs with conviction.
IMR: How the lyrics, songwriting for the albums has evolved all these years?
Vidyadhar Bhave: It’s a continuous process...every composition and lyric is influenced by what ones state of mind is, and technical expertise at that point of time.
IMR: Few tracks from AWAY FROM LOVE had Hindi+English lyrics and the track MY MAI had Marathi+English lyrics (seriously "must listen" recommendation from my side). So what are the lyrical themes or concepts of the new albums?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Lyrically the film album is largely Hindi, Urdu Punjabi with a hint of English while the other one tentatively titled THE FREEDOM FLASHBACK is completely English.
IMR: You have been in the mainstream industry by being a music director for several Marathi and Hindi movies. And you’re an Indie artist as well. So what challenges do you come across when it comes to Indie music?
Vidyadhar Bhave: No challenges when it comes to creating something, but managing peoples perception is a challenge. I have never performed at places like Blue Frog or Hard Rock Cafe because their programming teams have come with weird feedbacks. Blue Frog Emma thought my music was too amateurish...and teams at Hard Rock Cafe felt my music was too Hindi. I would love to see how much English do Chinese bands play at the Hard Rock Café in China.
IMR: When you are not doing any music, what you love to do?
Vidyadhar Bhave: Spend time with my family, friends and yes if time permits I do love to play a lot of Soccer.
IMR: Your latest discovery in music that you would recommend to your fans?
Vidyadhar Bhave: The Band Archive.
IMR: Well, here we come at the end of the interview. Looking ahead for some soothing "Indian Classical" vocal melodies blended with intense "Hard Rock" shouts that chill to the bone, and I wish all the very best on behalf of IndianMusicRevolution team. Thank You!
Vidyadhar Bhave: Thank You!
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