Interview with Bodhisattwa Ghosh on ‘Novi List’, Croatia… PFA attached copy of printed article in Croatian.
How are you satisfied with the collaboration with the Croatian publisher Intek Music?
We are extremely happy with the collaboration with Intek Music. We were looking for record labels and publishing houses from Europe, and our long time friend musician and entrepreneur Sonir Srdoc from Rijeka got us in touch with Intek Music. I sent them our unmixed recordings, and they liked it and decided to sign us up! We believe that our music has reached the right people for publishing and distribution and promotions, and we are very thankful that Intek Music values our work so much.
How did you imagine the CD “The Grey Album”?
After our 2nd album ‚“Heart of Darkness“, released in 2016, we thought that we needed to go into a different direction, and we were kind of done with the Jazz Rock“ Guitar-Bass-Drums situation, and it was time to broaden the soundscape and explore new territories. Our Bass player Bijit Bhattacharya quit the band in January 2018, and we decided to bring in Pianist Arunava Chatterjee on double duties- Keyboards & Synth Bass. His addition dramatically changed the sound. I was coming up with new material immediately with this lineup in mind, and I felt that this was a good time to record our 3rd album. So after 5 months of continuous rehearsals, from January to May 2018, we hit the studio in June, and finished recording the album Live over a span of 6 days.
There are 2 ways you can look at it. First and foremost, we really can’t pinpoint our genre into Jazz or Rock or whatever. It’s a mixture of ideas and influences, so it’s an undefined sound. Secondly, nothing in the universe is absolute. There are uncertain areas all around us, embedded in our civilisation, our planet, the cosmos. So that’s why we decided to call it „The Grey Album“. As far as the tunes are concerned, they tell 2 different stories. One story is that of us as artists, the abstraction and the duality of our reflections as musicians, and the other story is that of humanity as a whole, concluding that as individuals or as a species, we cannot define our existence in absolutes, or in Black and White. It is the grey areas which define our existence. Hence, we call it „The Grey Album“, and the album is divided into 2 parts, 3 tunes each… Part 1 : Chaos to Creation and Part 2 : Creation to Chaos.
Which music genres are you connecting and why?
I try to apply whatever kind of music that I listen to, absorb and have cultivated over the years, as a musician and more importantly as a listener. In this album, we have tried to connect Jazz, Ambient Electronica, Trip Hop, industrial Drum-n-Bass, Psychedelic Rock, Indian Classical music and also ideas from European Avant Garde music.