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Suraj Mani

What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Suraj Mani:
I've always done lyric heavy stuff. Even from my Motherjane days. My solo career showcases the lyricism even more and I think that's where I'm headed. Lyrical, melodic & peppered with surprises.

Few words about your musical background and career?

Suraj Mani:
Well, I started my musical career as the frontman, lyricist, and vocalist of Motherjane. Did some pretty kick-ass stuff with the band. Won national and Asian level accolades. Now, currently; in my second run, my focus is on the words and then the music.

Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Suraj Mani:
Yup. I discovered the Beatles. And I fell in love with what music did to me. Quickly developed into a passionate listener. Considering that I hadn't learnt music or even read poetry, etc; I accidentally walked into this profession.

Can you provide an Insight into your latest EP, "Rinse and Repeat"?

Suraj Mani:
I've always told people my stories and the context behind my songs because I believe that's what people connect with. And at the risk of being hurt, I'll do it again. So, be kind to me as I open up and say that Rinse & Repeat is my way of acknowledging that I failed at my marriage and that I am currently going through a divorce. This is me, looking back at love, its painful destruction, and wondering if I have the courage to start afresh in the courtship game. Because though I'd like to, that's an emotional rollercoaster that runs through despair, defiance, love, lust, storms, and deathly silence. Rinse & Repeat, Sacred Ground, La Petite Mort & Samsara, provide a snapshot of love and relationships in a manner that is all too relevant, today. Am I misstepping in sharing my personal struggles? Maybe. Does doing so, hurt others involved? I hope not. Sometimes it's hard to know for sure what is right and what is wrong. All I can ask myself in such a situation is, does my decision make me feel stronger or weaker?... Yes, it makes me feel stronger to share this because I know that there are many others like me. And while it's still hard for most us to overcome the sorrow of failing at love, none of us need the shame. So, if you're anything like me, it doesn't matter who you are or where you are in your journey, I guess what I'm trying to say is this: take the decisions that make you feel strong. You're NOT alone.

Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Suraj Mani:
Kishore Kumar "Pyar Deewana Hota hain"

Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Suraj Mani:
Vernon Noronah "Come back Jack"

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Suraj Mani – Rinse and Repeat (Spotify)

Rinse & Repeat is about coming to terms with the end of a relationship. More importantly it is about moving forward from the phase where you think that you cannot start another relationship. While the feeling is natural, it is perhaps not wise to completely close off your heart to others and to life. The song is inspired by a tactic from the Alcoholics Anonymous. In AA nobody says that they will give up drinking forever. Instead they say that, "just for today, I will not drink." That's brilliant. And so, I thought it'd be nice to write a song for those of us struggling with heartbreak and hoping for something better. Rinse & Repeat is a song that asks us to keep our hearts open- #JustForToday.

Few words about the artist:
Suraj Mani is one of the critically acclaimed musicians in India. His band Suraj Mani & The Tattva Trip are a band that breaks the barrier between rock and poetry. He is the former frontman of the legendary band Motherjane. His band was awarded the best rock band in Asia. He was also awarded the best rock vocalist in India.

Some highlights of his career include performing alongside both international bands like Opeth, Megadeth, Third eye blind, Mr. Big and also with many famous Indian bands like Indian Ocean, Shubha Mudgal, Thaikkudam Bridge, etc.

Although known for being a rock musician he have been experimenting with a new sound as a singer/songwriter. It is intimate and personal with unique philosophical perspectives he gained over his career spanning over 20 years

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