#RSOffStage feat. Paresh Kamath: â€˜I’ve Become a Home Bird Over the Last Few Years.â€™
The Hipnotribe guitarist talks about being a dad, using observation as inspiration and more for our photo series on life beyond the stage
Mumbai-based Paresh Kamathâ€™s Madh Island residence is an oasis of sorts, protected from the hustle and bustle of the city. The guitarist-composer picks up a lot of musical ideas when he is touring, but he even feels inspired when heâ€™s at home with family.
â€œIâ€™ve become a home bird over the last few years. Daddy-hood, apart from the fact that I live in Madh island, has contributed to that,â€ says Kamath. â€œBut inspiration for writing and producing actually comes from interaction with people and places, I think. You go to a club or a gig and hear something that sticks with you… you may not remember the tune/tunes as such the next day, but there’s a vibe that you take back and want to recreate in your music.â€
When not handling guitar duties for Indo-fusion outfit Kailasa or his band, Bombay Black, Kamath looks for inspiration through observing and studying the people around him. â€œI seem to have a knack for finding and exaggerating character traits in people. I even imitate people pretty well. It comes from being an observer,â€ he says. â€œIf at all you see me sitting down quietly, it’s probably cos [sic] I’m studying the people around me, and as soon as we break, I’ll go into mimicking what I observed.â€
For the Hipnotribe axeman, home is no limit to the imagination. Even his family gets in on the action. â€œNaiima, my daughter, is probably the most creative in the way that she uses the spaces at home,â€ says Kamath. â€œShe does a lot of â€˜playsâ€™ and â€˜puppet showsâ€™ at home with her friends. They convert all the furniture and drapes and bedsheets into whatever their imagination dictates.â€
â€œI know where the coffee machine is, where my computer is and where the bed is. Apart from that, I don’t even notice when the sheets have been changed, etc.â€
Check out moreÂ portraits of artists at homeÂ in our OffStage seriesÂ here.