August 14, 2020
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Susmit Sen

The musician on being with Indian Ocean for three decades, and the recent split from the band for a creative high.

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It must be a mixed bag of feelings, quitting Indian Ocean after 23 years?

Yes, it’s been almost three decades. We started working on the compositions way before 1990. To be honest, I am looking forward to the future.

Why did you want to move on?

Twenty-three years is a long time. I needed to move on for my own creative needs.

What’s your favorite piece by Indian Ocean?

When you create a song, it becomes your baby. It is impossible for me to choose really.

How is the indie music scene doing?

There can be just two things--good music and not-so-good music. Composers of any genre need to focus on honesty in the composition and longevity. The band should be able to last, not deliver a few hits and disappear.

Who will now step into your shoes in Indian Ocean?

Nikhil Rao, a promising and young guitar player.

What projects are you looking at now?

At present, I am producing an album with Harpreet, a young artiste, which will be ready in a couple of weeks. After that I’ll work on The Susmit Sen Chronicles.

How different will the compositions be from that of Indian Ocean?

I can’t run away from myself, so the guitar style will probably be the same. But the compositions will be truly original in style.

How easy is it for bands to survive just on records and concerts?

Bands do not earn much through records; the concerts make all the difference.

Which music groups are doing a great job now?

It would be unfair to take names. But I’m looking forward to hearing the innovative, creative sounds the current generation has to offer.

How different will it be now going solo?

This is going to be a fresh new start, and I am really looking forward to it.

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