The Capital is all set to get a taste of music from the Northeast as Alo Wanth comes performing. Wanth is an upcoming artiste from Nagaland and has three albums in his kitty. He sings, composes songs and writes the lyrics and also plays the acoustics, electric guitar and knows how to play practically almost all kinds of instruments like keyboard, bass and drums. Millennium Post caught up with him for a chat. Here are excerpts:
When did you start playing music?
I started playing music when I was 14-years-old. Initially I learned the acoustics but now I play the electric guitar too. I also know how to play a few other instruments like keyboards, bass and also drums.
Where did you learn music?
I had no formal training. I learnt my basics from the seniors and people who knew how to play music. The only formal training I got was when I went to the US and had one year training in songwriting and contemporary style of reading music under the CFNI [Christ for the Nation] Dallas, Texas.
What do we hear from you in Delhi?
I will be singing most of my compositions from the third album [Discover Me] and also a few cover songs from John Lennon, U2 and Michael Jackson.
Have you performed in Delhi earlier?
Yes, but it was on a smaller platform. This is the first time I would be playing on such a big level.
What are your expectations from the Delhi crowd?
I do have lots of expectations from the crowd in Delhi, and I will be supported by a famous band from Nagaland [Insipid]. Most important, I do hope it is a good show.
What kind of music do you love?
I listen to Blue Jazz, Glamour rock and some of my favourites are John Mayer, Jonny Lang, Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Paramore and the likes.
You music is inspired by? Also what does your lyrics reflect?
My music is inspired by nature, people [I mean real people] and try to follow the word of God. My compositions and lyrics are also about romancing with life with the many relationships of family, of man and woman, family, weddings, social issues. I write mostly love songs. In my second album [Beautiful], I have roped in the love of sisters and daughters.
You are singing for a decade now, what keeps you driving?
It’s my passion for music which runs in my blood. I started cutting albums since 2009. I had a job earlier as a people skill developer, but now I have made music my full-time career.
Has hailing from Nagaland ever been a disadvantage?
Yes, and may be and I think I therefore need more marketing to reach out to the audience and build my network.
How would you define your music?
‘Feel music,’ maybe I will create a genre called ‘feel music’ in the days to come.
At: Shree Gujarati Samaj Marg Near Old lG house civil lines , civil lines
When: 1 September
Timings: 6.45 PM onwards