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Bacardi and Only Much Louder bring you the fourth edition of the festival featuring more than 200 bands across six stages. All set to take over the Capital on 30 Nov and 1 Dec, Millennium Post talks to Nischay Parekh and Prateek Kuhad who will be a part of the madness...

NISCHAY PAREKH:

How did your journey with music begin?
My first ever brush with music was my mother’s cassette collection. I had the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye and my world was changed forever, I just didn't know it yet. I started playing and writing songs at 11. Once the songs started coming, I knew that this is what I had to do with my life.

Tell us about your album, Ocean.
Ocean is an experimental pop album filled with playful orchestration and cinematic moments. In terms of sound it’s very lush and I’m very proud of the production. The songs themselves are about relationships, longing and other very universal themes. However, I enjoy making these larger than life themes very intimate, that’s why you’ll find pandas, ghosts and secrets in my Ocean.

Your most memorable gig?
The Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender a few weeks ago.

Could you give us a little insight of your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender?
The live experience at the Bacardi NH7 Weekenders will be intimate, interactive and full of colour. We have a surprise in store for the audience as well. Our mission is to create a very special experience for everyone. Immersing people into the story that music is telling is of prime importance. Bring your imagination.

What is your take on Bacardi NH7 Weekender shaping music in India?
Bacardi NH7 Weekender just injects the Indian scene with huge amounts of positive energy. It creates a vibe like no other.

Besides music, tell us something more about Nischay Parekh?
I love television, food and reading. Outside of music I'm a pretty ordinary guy.

PRATEEK KUHAD:

Which bands/musicians have been the biggest influences on your music?
Musically, especially my guitar playing is influenced a lot by Nick Drake, John Mayer, Elliot Smith and The Tallest Man On Earth. What I love about all these artists is their incredible ability to write the most amazing songs, both musically and lyrically. I aspire to do the same.

What can we expect from your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi?
I'm playing at all four editions of Bacardi NH7 Weekender (Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata), so there's a lot to be brought to the table. You'll just have to come to the gigs and find out for yourself!
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