'Music is still underrated'

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'Music is still underrated'

It was a blend of completely different factors — post modern and grunge roots, Hindustani and classics, Hubli and Gwalior, Trishna Shenai and Jitesh Jadwani. Which is why ‘Wingardiom Leviosa’ has a sound as catchy as its name.

Essentially an acoustic project, the band has come a long way from the humble beginning Trishna and Jake made in Hubli. Having recently played at Phoenix MarketCity, Trishna talks to Rajitha Menon about choosing music over everything else.

How did the journey of the band start?

Both of us were inclined towards music from the start. While Jake created music bands in school and college, music ran in my family as my mother was a Hindustani singer.

 We studied different things but later we decided to pursue music seriously because we felt it was time we believed in our music. Our parents were amazingly supportive and we decided to come to Bengaluru to gain more exposure.

What kind of music do you play?

We play both originals and covers. As an upcoming Indie band, we have to play covers till we get recognition and crowd visibility. But we have now started playing originals too and are planning to launch an EP soon.

And what music do you listen to in your spare time?

We have completely different tastes. I like Coke Studio and Hindi contemporary music along with genres like pop, Indie rock, funk, sufi and so on. Jake is more into ambience-oriented music, classics and Woodstock.

Musical inspiration?

Many but we both admire Steven Wilson a lot. When he came to perform in Pune, we both used our rent money to buy tickets for the event. Jake was worried about how we will manage but I was like ‘Who cares? We are going to see Steven Wilson!’

What do you do when you are not creating music?

Cooking! I was a person who used to be afraid of using the cooker because I kept thinking it will burst. Initially I survived on Maggi and omelettes for two months but then I started cooking. And I find it to be quite a therapeutic activity. Otherwise we both go for rides in the evenings or explore the different street food joints in the city; I am a complete foodie. Jake likes reading and we are also passionate about activities like trekking and mountain climbing.

Some of the challenges you faced...

When we were in Hubli, people would cheer for anything and everything we did. So we never knew whether we were actually good. But when we came here, we initially received a lot of criticism. We were taken aback but it made us realise we had to put in a lot more hard work. It was challenging but motivating at the same time.

Is a musical career feasible nowadays?

Music is still underrated. People would pay thousands for an iPhone because they have a product in their hands but they will be hesitant to pay for an experience like a music show. And people think that musicians have it very easy; they don’t realise the months of effort behind a two-hour show.

How did you arrive on this name?

When we were thinking of names for our band, we decided that it could be something that suits our music perfectly or something that is so vague that it will go with everything. This is a spell in Harry Potter that makes people levitate.  That something we want to create through our music as well — create an aura that makes people feel as if they are flying.

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