Okay, Motherjane recently dropped their new single titled Namaste and we are still pinching ourselves!
This tune essentially is a love song for all humanity,” says John Thomas, drummer extraordinaire of the progressive rock outfit. Adding, “The basic theme was derived from the concept behind the Indian greeting—Namaste—my soul recognises your soul. It speaks about accepting another as part of your whole. We are all one, even though we are manifested differently. We are connected, not only to one another but also to everything in the universe. If we are aware of this, we can lose our individuality and rise together unleashing limitless access to an infinite power that dwells within us.”
We catch up with founding member John Thomas, who tells us about the tune, the video, and more in this brief interview with The Grey Alley.
Tell us a little about your new single Namaste—the idea, the themes and the back story of the tune?
We had actually worked on the tune a while back but never completed it. Everyone who heard it insisted that we finish it before working on another track, but we were a little apprehensive. This was because it sounded very different from what we had done before. We were heading in a new direction but taking the first step is always difficult. But we decided to risk it and let the universe lead us on.
This tune essentially is a love song for all humanity. The basic theme was derived from the concept behind the Indian greeting—Namaste—My soul recognises your soul. It speaks about accepting another as part of your whole. We are all one, even though we are manifested differently. We are connected, not only to one another but also to everything in the universe. If we are aware of this, we can lose our individuality and rise together unleashing limitless access to an infinite power that dwells within us.
Could you take us through the creative process while working on the single—the good things from the recording sessions and the challenges that you might remember?
Like I said earlier, this song was conceived two years ago but remained on the back burner until our new vocalist, Niranj (Suresh), heard it during a jam session. He was adamant that we completed work on the tune and played the song on repeat for a while. There was a part of me that knew that this song needed to be heard but we were worried whether it would reverberate with our fans. Our sound was changing and would they be able to embrace the change? But with so many people egging us on to release the tune, we took it as a sign from the universe and decided to go ahead with it.
The single will also be accompanied by a video, could you tell us more about what fans can expect there?
In the video, we have collaborated with two amazing dancers—Ullas and Bhoomi. We wanted to do a video more to the tune of what the song was actually about. We didn’t want it to be about the band. We wanted to work with other artists, and someone suggested the dancers who were based out of Trivandrum. We contacted them and they readily agreed to work with us on this project. They choreographed the dance routine in the video and performed it themselves and we loved the way they interpreted the song. They totally blew our minds away during the shoot.
We’ve also featured regular people who might look different in appearance and might have an approach to life that’s diverse from me or someone else. This song requests everyone out there to look beyond all of that, respect and accept everyone for who they are. A child doesn’t discriminate… it’s when you wear the glasses given to you by the society that you tend to see everyone through those lenses forming prejudices. I believe if you send out love, it’ll be reflected back to you. And the same goes with any other emotion. So let’s move past all this and release all the potential we hold within us.
We hope our fans are able to grasp this concept from our song and video, if not, we did what we could as best as we could have at the time. So here’s hoping for the best.
The track is produced and mixed by Rex Vijayan. How was it working with Vijayan? How did his artistic insight help shape the track?
Working with Rex Vijayan is always a great experience. Motherjane and Rex go a long way back. He played with us a long time ago. The best part is the man hasn’t changed one bit from that time. He’s the same sweet guy apart from being a cauldron of talent. As a producer, with him, you’ll never know what you are going to end up with but you’ll always be inspired and exhilarated with the product. His approach to music is always fresh and the one thing we really appreciate about him is that he always starts off, be it anyone, without any pre-conceived notions. He’s an intuitive musician and producer and honestly, we feel he’s one of the greatest producers out of India.
The single came as a surprise to most Motherjane fans. Does this mean we would get to see something big in 2018 from the group?
Yes. Now the fans should not have to wait for a long period of time before the next one comes out. We are planning to come up with frequent releases and the third record is also scheduled to roll out before the end of this year. Here’s hoping that 2018 is a great year for us and the fans.
We’d like to thank our fans and supporters for keeping their faith in us and pushing us to make more music. We welcome both bouquets and brickbats. That’s how we know you care. Now, this year, it’s our job to keep you engaged.
Listen to the song here.
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