As Parikrama celebrates its 23 years in the indie music scene, Big Gig gets talking to Subir Malik aka the piano man, to ask what has been working for the band for the last 2 decades! Though @23, Parikrama hardly appears to be slowing down and the energy seems to be just right. The band is in the mid of its 15 city tour, Parikrama@23, ‘Play for a Cause’ which is dedicated towards sponsoring meals for the underprivileged.
Q1. Subir, let’s start with the most obvious question. After 23 years of putting up amazing performances night after night, what do you find is the best cure for a hangover?
Subir: BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH BEER , HELPS IMMENSELY !!!
Q2. Let’s get serious now. In the bands’ earlier days, how did you guys juggle girlfriends ànd who in the band was best at it?
Subir: HAHAHAHA, WE STILL DO …. NITIN WAS AND IS , BESIDES NOW THE NEW GUYS ALSO SCORE IN , BALANI AND SRIJAN MAYBE, CHEERZ …
Q3. How do you guys keep things fresh and exciting after 23 years?
Subir: WE DO NOT DRINK BEFORE THE SHOW, AND AS THE GIG IS OVER, IF SOMEONE DOES NOT GET DRUNK, WE KILL HIM .
Q4. Do you see this freight train called Parikrama ever stopping?
Subir: NOT AT ALL
Q5. Which show would you rate as your best ever? What was special about it?
Subir: BIGG BOSS , YOU CAN WATCH IT WITH YOUR BRAINS IN THE FREEZER ….
HAHAHAHA, SERIOUSLY, LOADS , BEST WOULD SURELY BE THE TOUR WITH IRON MAIDEN AND DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL . . .
Q6. Was there ever a desire to break into mainstream music and is it still there?
Subir: NOT AT ALL MAN, REFUSED MILLIONS FOR IT, PERSONALLY NOT MY SCENE AT ALL ./ . .
Q7. What is the weirdest request you guys have ever gotten and do you guys still get them?
Subir: WAS A GIRL LONG AGO, SHE WANTED HER UNDIES SIGNED BY THE BAND , WE OBLIGED,,,,,YES WE STILL GET AROUND …
Q8. Was opening for Iron Maiden (and the subsequent friendship) the best thing that happened to you guys or are there other moments that top that experience?
Subir: WAS VERY VERY SPECIAL, BUT THERE ARE MANY MANY MORE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS ETC THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE DECADES
Q9. In your opinion is there any way that rock bands will cease to be relevant in the Indian music scene? Or do you think there is a bright future ahead?
Subir: NEVER, THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO BE IN A ROCK BAND CHEERZ