In his new solo project, Ramesh Srivastava takes on a new sound and subject matter. Although there are only two songs out off his latest album, they explore personal growth and romance in a way that feels more personal than his previous work as frontman of Voxtrot. The songs are intimate and warm, both instant mood boosters and catalysts for self-reflection. We had a chance to chat with Ramesh. Check out the interview below.
How would you describe your teens in one/two sentences?
Ramesh Srivastava: Intense but wonderful. An appropriate stepping-off platform for the next part of my life.
What’s your first memory of playing music?
RS: Two years old, maybe? Playing my grandfather’s organ and piano at my grandmother’s house in New Jersey. He was a very accomplished, self-taught jazz keyboardist. I never met him but his instruments lived on in the house for years.
What’s your go to writers/creative block remedy?
RS: To go running or look at photographs (art, fashion, historical, whatever…). I love both almost as much as music.
What three albums do you think impacted you the most, and why?
1) RS: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles — Must have listened to this five billion times on headphones when I was sixteen. Love all things Beatles but this is truly the crown jewel. A masterpiece of diversity.
2) If You’re Feeling Sinister by Belle and Sebastian — Creates a whole little world within a record…melodies and moods that will never leave me.
3) Kid A by Radiohead — Yet another masterpiece of diversity.
Describe your perfect day. No rules.
RS: Wake up early, drink coffee, read, go running, record in studio, eat something interesting, play concert, DJ after concert
What is your favorite post-show experience?
RS: When Voxtrot played its first show in London, about fifteen of my friends from Glasgow surprised me and came down on the train. Afterward my A & R man at the time, Simon, took all of us to the legendary Fabric club (RIP), where we had a massive party. It was amazing. They’d put “Simon + Party” on the guest list; the bouncer thought it was a joke and then was really surprised when he looked down to see that it was true.
What does your creative process look like? Any peculiar habits when writing/about to perform?
RS: I used to have a lot of answers to this question. Now I just try to be present.
If you could live in any movie’s world, which one would it be?
RS: Somewhere between The Tree of Life and La Grande Bellazza.