In conversation with the Humsufi Boys

Dressed in Sufi style, the six member Humsufi team of Krsna Dwaipayan Mukherjee, Sagar Paul, Dev, Victor Mitra, Pinaki Ranjan Dawn and Sayantan Dutta started off with their dream venture of Music with a new thought. Music have different genres but fusing classical with western was something interesting which has opened a new path for these boys. Here we have the Humsufi band with us, sharing their story of success with our readers.

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1. When and how did you guys start this band?

Humsufi: We started off in January 2012, just as a fusion band. Actually, we all met at a college fest and pretty much connected with each other from then only.

2. Do you guys create your own song?

Humsufi: Yes, we do. Although that thought came after some time, when we started to find our originality as we experimented with the cover songs that we use to do. Our percussionist, Pinaki is our lyricist. He is a brilliant writer. All the songs in our album are written by him which are coming out soon.

3. Which genre do you perform?

Humsufi: We would like to call it Sufusion. It’s a culmination of many genres with sufi which gives it a flavour of world music.

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4. Which was the first song you made and performed?

Humsufi: Out of our originals, that would be “Rona Chhorde”.

5. Any particular band or group whom you admire and why?

Humsufi: We are inspired by many musicians as each of us have different musical influences, but in India all of us are inspired by Indian Ocean and Raghu Dixit a lot. I won’t say that we are musically influenced but their simple yet energetic songs always attracted us.

6. How often and for how long do you practice?

Humsufi: There is no fixed timing. We have practiced everyday for months and we have not done it for months also. It totally depends on many things or what kind of targets are we facing.

7. What image do you think your music conveys?

Humsufi: I think simplicity in language with a lot of ornamentation in music and richness in compositions, so it’s a pretty interesting image and thought provoking, each individual have their own images drawn in their minds when they listen to our music.

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8. Do you perform in public? Would you like to share the experience of your first stage show (as a group)?

Humsufi: Yes we have performed in over 265 gigs. One of the notable ones would be at Murshidabad with 30,000 people. The first experience was awesome because it was like opening a surprise gift for us. Everything was fresh and new but we still feel the same about all the gigs because we are always improvising on stage.

9. Have you made any mistake during any of your performances? How do you handle it?

Humsufi: We are always making mistakes. But they are so minute that we really don’t need to handle it. It just goes by. Sometimes mistakes have led to new parts in our songs. 🙂

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10. What are your long-term goals?

Humsufi: Just keep on doing music, together.

11. How do you all balance your music and other obligations like job and personal life?

Humsufi: We are not working or doing anything else than music. This is our job and we are very serious about it. Sometimes our personal lives take a hit due to this because it’s hard to give time to your family if you have a show on special occasions. But when people wait for us to perform and wants a show, everything else becomes less important to that feeling.

12. Do you want to say anything to our readers?

Humsufi: I would say that follow your dreams and have a strong urge to make them true. Keep life exciting. And yes, like our Facebook page. 🙂

You guys can keep in touch with Humsufi boys through their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/humsufi.

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