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#RSOffStage feat. Riju Dasgupta: ‘You Would Have to Pay Me an Obscene Amount of Money to Make Me Leave My House.’

For our photo series on life beyond the stage, the Mumbai-based metaller tells us about working from home and his very intense bass guitar

Swaraj Sriwastav Aug 14, 2017

Dasgupta works and practices from home. Photo: Swaraj Sriwastav

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Bassist Riju Dasgupta’s space at home is his refuge for practice and relaxation. We caught up with him at his Thane residence to talk about what he likes to do while he’s at home.

“It’s a place away from the worries of the world,” says Dasgupta.

In addition to playing bass for heavy metal bands Primitiv and Albatross, Dasgupta is a WWE enthusiast. He is passionate about wrestling and works as a professional wrestling journalist for SportsKeeda, writing mostly from home.

In addition to playing bass, Dasgupta is a wrestling journalist. Photo: Swaraj Sriwastav

“You would have to pay me an obscene amount of money to make me leave my house,” says Dasgupta.

Conveniently, his house doubles up as a practice pad. “No music is written in my house. Both my bands compose primarily in a jam-pad,” explains Dasgupta. “This is in essence, a practice room, at best. I learn and rehearse my parts here.”

When he’s not rehearsing the songs that you love to mosh to, he’s binge watching Netflix, a hobby that has unfortunately overtaken his previously voracious reading habit. Dasgupta also loves any sort of fiction that has swords and sorcery.

“It’s a place away from the worries of the world.” Photo: Swaraj Sriwastav

He reveals that his primary bass guitar is in fact a copy of the original Lemmy Kilmister Rickenbacker. Designed and crafted by the luthier Auddie D’Souza, it is custom made as per his Dr. Hex persona.

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“[This] bass is so brutal that those who touch it get infected and die of cholera,” jokes Dasgupta.

Check out more portraits of artists at home in our OffStage series here.

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