'People must take time off to enjoy good music'

Unpretentious

He realised what his calling was midway through his engineering course in one of the best universities. He dropped out immediately.

He confesses that he would have felt wasted had he not put his foot down and chased his dream. “I’ve wanted to sing all my life. I have my own exclusive style. You wouldn’t find influences of hip-hop, reggae, rock...in my music,” he says.

Beginning his tryst with music from a tiny village in Scotland, King Creosote began writing songs about the things he saw around him and translated all his experiences — both good and bad — into songs.

King’s latest collaborative album with Jon Hopkins – ‘Diamond Mine’ – which was nominated for the ‘Mercury Prize’ is about the people living in a small fishing village in Scotland. “Nothing really moves in that tiny place. The album has captured the natural sound of the village, like the bicycle sound, church bell chime and children playing around. This is the soul of the album,” explains King.

 King Creosote has also been on a mission to promote and popularise record music as opposed to the digital form. He informs that all his music is available only on records and says he wouldn’t prefer it in a digital version. The album titled, ‘That Might Well Be It, Darling’ is about how digital music has overtaken record music.

“You often find people listening to digital music from their phones and iPods. This is devaluing the music industry itself. I find the whole act of downloading free music and listening to it wherever you go very detached and impersonal. People must take time off to sit down and enjoy good music,” he observes. He says that if one can’t take the trouble to preserve something, the emotional attachment goes missing. “If all music and books go online, people like me, who are hardcore supporters of record music, and authors, who love hard-bound books, will soon be obsolete,” he observes.

Ask King if there is an album that is close to his heart and he says that it’s hard to pick one but ‘Rocket DIY’, a song about building a rocket is something that he still cherishes. “I wanted to build a rocket and watch it soar into the skies. But that’s a far-fetched dream and an impossible task. But no harm dreaming right, so that was a song about my dream to build a rocket,” he beams. King wants to return to perform in India again. He points out that Bollywood music is a rage back in his country. “But I find it a bit chaotic,” he sums up.

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