Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hold On To Your Sails”?
Sure… this was one of those rare songs on my album that actually has lyrics! So I got to do lot of different things with my voice on this track. It starts off with a very ambient vibe and then moves into a really nice groove with a very cool bass line. What I really love about it is how the voices are all layered, one top of another, so there are always interesting melodies and motifs that you can tune in to if you listen to it more than once. It doesn’t get boring or irritating! At least that’s what I was shooting for!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes, not one but many!, The song is about loss, faith and gathering your strength to simply go on when you’re really struggling with something. So it doesn’t really matter what it is that you have lost. It could be a lover, or your faith in life… or even God…
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, the video will be out next month, in September.
The single comes off your new album The King Of The Sea – what’s the story behind the title?
Well, it’s also the title of my novel, which is set to release in September. The sea is such a symbol of danger as well as freedom. It’s depth, its color and its vastness – it can either be very uplifting or very stormy. To me it was the perfect metaphor for our subconscious. We don’t quite know what lurks in the depths. So for me the King of the Sea is about someone who’s unafraid to chart those territories that are hidden deep within ourselves. That’s what my novel is about as well.
How was the recording and writing process?
Very organic. I felt as if the album created itself and I was just putting it together! Either the tunes would come to me out of nowhere or I would just play around on my keyboard and suddenly something brilliant would appear in front of me. Thankfully I have a nose for a good melody. So I would immediately capture that motif and then work around that until the whole song was done. I look at each track more like a painting with several layers.
What aspect of the sea did you get to explore on this record?
Well, I’m around the sea a lot so it opens up my mind when I am composing. What I’m most happy about the record is that many of the tracks conjure up a sense of fluidity and vastness along with a sense of movement. So the challenge was for the music to evoke a virtual seascape without necessarily using ocean sounds. That would be very obvious.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not as yet, but who knows what lies in the future…
What else is happening next in Nandan Gautam’s world?
I’m close to wrapping up my next album ‘The Divine Flaw’ which will release by the end of this year. It’s the second album to accompany my novel. It’s a bit more electronic sounding as compared to the first one, and also a bit more edgy. My voice is a lot more upfront on it. Once that’s done I’m planning an album that will be a complete departure from these two! I need to surprise myself. I get bored easily!