There are probably really few people in India who even know that ‘harsh noise’ is a genre of music. Out of those people, there are even fewer people who are harsh noise artists. SISTER is one of those few artists, putting out music that could be categorised as harsh noise. Admittedly, this is not for everyone. However, the simple fact that SISTER is putting out music like this really says a lot. For starters, he clearly isn’t doing it for anyone else. Putting out music that has the potential to alienate so many of its listeners really takes some sort of courage and honesty. Understanding SISTER and his music is a matter of pay attention to how little he really chooses to say, in his music or even in this interview.
We had a brief chat with the brains behind SISTER, Ruhail Qaisar, about his music, influences and more.
When did your musical journey start?
SISTER: From cremation fields , to stillborn children… and severed dreams . 1993. Leh, Ladakh.
SISTER: The hum behind the 6 candles at the altar of maskim , their cups filled with the vomit of defeated gods.
SISTER: Those who fall into madness and drown in labyrinths. Dismayed poets crooning at the crescent moon in disgust and devotion.
SISTER: To depart from this terminus to the next.
Any parting words?
SISTER: What you sow, shall you thence reap: as you build a world of gutters, the content of gutters shall flood your future: aqueducts overflow, the dam will not hold. – The End Commune.
Suffice to say, SISTER doesn’t like to reveal a whole lot about himself. His answers leave as much room for interpretation as his music does. Perhaps in that way, the music of Ruhail Qaisar is more liberating than anything else. It’s free from form, structure or even any rules. The music of SISTER dwells where it’s creator seems to like being – in the unknown.