Begum is a band from New Delhi that’s currently the flag-bearer for lo-fi music in the country. With their washed-out sound and obscure melodies, Begum had generated a lot buzz around their music. The band shares a couple of its members with the Peter Cat Recording Company and even shares a bit of the echo-laden sound. However, just a simple PCRC comparison doesn’t do justice to the music they make. Begum seems to draw influences from a variety of artists, bringing them together in a hazy, noisy yet accessible concoction.
We had a brief chat with Begum about their music, their influences and more.
When did your musical journey start?
Begum: Many Moons Ago. We were and now we are.
How would you describe the music you make?
Begum: Short clairvoyant bursts of legibility. 11th century.
How do you think your music represents you on a personal level?
Begum: It is literally the first instinctive response of the soul.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
Begum: Dreaming about making music and flattened legumes.
Who are your biggest influences?
Begum: Nature, Compressed Rooms, Paraphernalia, metal alloys.
Name your 5 favourite albums of all time.
Salad Days – Mac DeMarco
Caretaker – An empty bliss beyond this world
Ink Spots – Do I Worry
California – Mr Bungle.
Which Indian indie act are you listening to right now?
Begum: Ditty and Jayant, Mourning Morning, Korsakov and Shupac. The music is uncomfortably honest, and the song writing itself is some of the best music i’ve ever heard.
What are your plans for the future?
Begum: Make more music and art.
Begum chose to answer our questions as concisely as they could. One might say that you can understand more about the band, the music and the people behind it not from what they have to say but from how they say it. It’s refreshing to know that in this day and age, some artists still let their music do all the talking. Be sure to check out Begum’s music online or catch them live if they are performing in your city. Find out what all the fuss is about yourself.