Welcome to a brand new feature where we talk to musicians about some of their favourite things about the industry. Today we speak to musician Takar Nabam, whose latest single is Further. Today we play a little game to find out more about him.
What is your Favourite:
Song you have written
Melodrama – I think this song has been one of my best written songs in terms of lyrics, song structure and the overall vibe.
Sitting on the dock of the bay by Otis Redding.
I’d definitely call it my current favourite in terms of the lyric. When I read the brief about the song, I could connect to it on a much deeper level. It’s sad that the song got it’s much deserved recognition post Otis’ departure.
John Mayer -From being one of the most expressive guitar players to one of the best songwriters, he’s a complete package.
Film or television show
Lupin – This French series based out of Paris is one heck of a show. Definitely binge watch worthy!
Venue to perform at
Red Rocks – Ever since I saw Incubus Live at red Rocks DVD, I’ve always been dreaming to be at that venue some day.
Item to take with you on tour
Ear plugs. Can’t pull off continuous shows unless I get some good sleep.
Song to play live
Nyokum Sokhi To (Lets Celebrate Nyokum)
‘Nyok’ means place and ‘kum’ means gathering. So Nyokum means the place where we gather to celebrate and pray for a prosperous year with better harvest, preservation of nature, animals and for the stability of the universe.
This song always gets people to dance along, and that’s soothing I love to see everytime.
Album by another musician
Geography by Tom Misch. It just sounds so fresh, chill and dreamy, especially the rendition of ‘Man of Like You’ and the song ‘Movie’. . It’s been 4 years since I first heard it and I still hear it in and off.
Memory of tour
Being told by an old gentleman and a lady that they hadn’t felt so happy in a long long time. This was at a show in New Delhi back in 2019.
Era for music
The 60s without a doubt. Aretha Franklin, Hendrix, The Beatles, James Brown, John Coltrane, you name it. I’d love to live in that era even if it’s just for a day! Every single Artist pushed the art to another level and that’s something I’d die to witness!
Part of making a record
Making a record is probably the best way to tell and share your stories to the world,. Even better than a photo album, or a film, or so I think. A record is a more holistic representation of who you are/were at a particular point in time and it’s definitely more impactful than standalone singles, which is the trend nowadays in this ever so saturated music scene.
Thing about performing at festivals
Get to watch and meet new interesting Artists and people. It’s definitely the best place to network and also to learn from the experience.
“Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet.” – Johnny Quid (Rocnrolla)
Thing about the music industry at the moment
It’s gotten much easier to put out music, but there’s just too much of it! It certainly feels more decentralised. On the downside, an Artist has to be more than just an Artist in order to make a mark. So it’s very demanding and often quite frustrating.
Thing about this year so far?
I got to play some shows and travel after such a long no gigs dry spell! It was a 4 cities tour in North East India, and I was accompanied by some of the finest and very fun group of Artists. I really look forward to doing more shows this year.