Nikhil Rufus Raj is the bassist of the Delhi based band, Superfuzz.He has had an undulated love for music ever since his school days Now, after becoming one the major names in the Delhi rock music circles, he shares his journey with us in a candid interview. He talks about his passion for music, the future of his band and also tells us why the band has a brand new name.
Viewspaper: Since when have you been playing the bass guitar? Do you play any other instruments?
Nikhil Rufus Raj: I’ve been playing the bass since 9th grade, that’s 8 years in total. I also play the guitar and a little bit of drums.
VP: When did you decide to form / join a band?
NRR: It was not much of a decision. It was just a mutual thing between friends. It was more like, “Hey man…..u know how to play the guitar….me too….lets form a band and rock out”, kinda thing.
VP: Tell us more about your band.
NRR: My band is called Indigo Children. We are a 4 piece band. There’s Sanchal Malhar Thakur, with whom iv been playing music like forever, on vocals and guitars, Rahul Sainani of the Joint Family fame on guitars and vocals, me on bass and vocals and Sahil Mendiratta on drums and vocals. We like to call our music “Hippie Prog Rock”.
VP: Is this what you always wanted to do?
NRR: No. The decision to do music as a profession was made in the fag end of my third year. I, like any teenager, was very confused about what to do in life. During my 1st and 2nd year, I wanted to be an IAS officer and a MBA graduate respectively. I guess my love for music and performing live in the end helped me to make the decision of pursuing music as a career.
VP: Apart from bands such as Nirvana, The Beatles, The Stokes, The Mars Volta, etc., that have influenced the music of your band, what are some of the other bands that you enjoy listening to?
NRR: I’m a very big fan of TOOL. MUSE is another one of my favorites. I listen to a lot of electronica music also. The artists that I’m currently listening to are Puscifer, Bjork and Incubus.
VP: How did you come up with the name ‘The Superfuzz Bigmuff’? Why did you decide to change the name of your band?
NRR: The Superfuzz Bigmuff was never come up with, as in there was no thought put into the name. When we started out, we dint have a name, so Sanchal just mumbled it out to a show organizer who had to do some promotions.
VP: What has been your most memorable performance?
NRR: Every performance is special for me. So there are no favorites there. Playing at Hamswadhani Amphitheater in Pragati Maidan has always been the most fun.
VP: Do you think that live bands are appreciated enough in our country, or do they gain recognition only after cutting an album?
NRR: We live in a country where the music scene is dominated by Bollywood music. Live bands don’t get their due recognition. It is improving, but again at a very slow rate. As far as cutting an album goes, that also doesn’t help much as album sales are almost negligible. What helps a band in India is good live performances.
VP: Apart from alternative and rock, do you see a scope for genres such as punk in India?
NRR: Rock itself as a genre does not have a lot of scope in India. Punk, being an offshoot of rock, automatically decreases its chances.
VP: Very clichéd, but comment on the music scene in Delhi.
NRR: The Delhi music scene I think is the best in the country. There are a lot of good bands and there are gigs regularly.
VP: What are your plans for the future?
NRR: Listen to “Rockstar” by Nickelback. Those are my future plans.