The New Faces of Fusion: Rishabh Seen
The musician who dared to play metal on the sitar
Rishabh Seen (21) is theÂ third generation ofÂ classical musicians inÂ his family. HisÂ grandfather is the tablaÂ virtuoso PanditÂ Lakshman Singh SeenÂ while his father, also hisÂ guru, is the sitarÂ maestro PanditÂ Manu Seen.
The musician credits hisÂ father for helping himÂ see the sitar as a funÂ instrument withÂ limitless potential, aÂ tool that could take onÂ many challenges andÂ bring a refreshing twistÂ to what fusion music is.Â This led to himÂ combining his twoÂ passions together””metal and the sitar””toÂ create a new brandÂ of fusion.
Another reason SeenÂ was drawn to the ideaÂ of sitar-metal wasÂ because he realizedÂ there wasn’t one metalÂ artist or band whoseÂ music was ”˜fronted’ byÂ any instrument otherÂ than a guitar, keyboardÂ or drums. He set out toÂ redress this balanceÂ with his band Mute TheÂ Saint in 2015 and soonÂ garnered fame onÂ YouTube for his soloÂ covers of tracks byÂ metal artists likeÂ Meshuggah, Animals AsÂ Leaders, Steven Wilson,Â Metallica, The DillingerÂ Escape Plan and more.
As word around hisÂ music spread, several ofÂ these artists (Metallica’sÂ James Hatfield, StevenÂ Wilson, Animals AsÂ Leaders’ Tosin Abasi,Â guitar maestro GuthrieÂ Govan included) tippedÂ their hats to Seen’sÂ contribution to theÂ global metal scene.
Mute The Saint releasedÂ their self-titled debutÂ album in 2016 and sinceÂ then Seen has gone onÂ several tours aroundÂ the globe, including inÂ Japan, South Africa andÂ Singapore, deliveredÂ four TEDx Talks and isÂ considered theÂ propagator ofÂ sitar-metal.
Watch Rishabh Seen’s video for “It All Ends Here” below: