BENGALURU: If you’re familiar with Prateek Kuhad’s music, you’ll know that you don’t particularly want to be listening to it at bars or clubs. Keeping this in mind, the singer-songwriter is releasing his debut album, In Tokens & Charms, only in amphitheatres and auditoriums. “Specially for the kind of music that I write and perform, I believe it is just better for both the listeners and the musicians to be in spaces such as auditoriums and amphitheatres. The audience gets a chance to be seated, be comfortable and actually ‘listen’ to the music versus being at a bar where they’re buying drinks, talking and being constantly distracted. The performers on the other hand get an audience that’s clued in by default,” says Prateek. The four city tour will end at Bengaluru this evening, when he’ll be performing at the Jagriti amphitheatre, Whitefield.
The ten-track album, In Tokens & Charms explores the larger theme of love, through songs that speak of passion, relationships, youth, naivety and infidelity, among other things. With the songs having been composed on either an acoustic or electric guitar, these are simple but charming compositions that talk about the importance of the elusive things in life. “In Tokens & Charms is about how life is in the details. Casual Instances, events, conversations, thoughts, ideas, etc., affect our life so significantly and yet go unnoticed and unappreciated. Almost all the songs on the album have been sort of born out of such seemingly trivial events,” says Kuhad.
The album makes a marked detour from his popular EP Raat Raazi, in the sense that the EP only had songs that were sung in Hindi, whereas In Tokens and Charms features only English songs. “Actually, I’ve always written songs in both English and Hindi. I think, in fact, that the departure on this album was more in terms of sound than anything else. It’s the overall sound, production and songwriting technique that has been more different from Raat Raazi,” says Prateek.
Kuhad will be joined on stage by drummer/percussionist Nikhil Vasudevan and keyboardist Dhruv Bhola. Nikhil (from Ska Venbgers fame) and Kuhad have been performing together for over a year now, after they met in Delhi, when a bassist friend introduced the two. The show in Bengaluru will be kicked off by Khalid Ahmed, famous for being the frontman of one of Bengaluru’s favourite bands, Parvaaz.
Catch Prateek Kuhad live at Jagriti Theatre on February 10 (this evening) at 8 pm. Tickets are available at www.insider.in at `500