Today we are happy to interview Lazie J, a classic rock band from India that had a quick success with international radios and listeners across more than 100 countries! Their music has been appreciated by Rock Music lovers worldwide.
CP: Hey, guys, how are you today? Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Jay: Hi We are Lazie J a classic rock band from India, we have been around for some time and have had our music in some of the radios and TV across the world, Lazie J is basically Myself — Jay Pillai — singer, Lyricist, Music Director and I do play Rhythm Guitars, Manoj — my co Composer, Drummer and he does backing Vocals too, our new guitarist Dilip Nair. We are joined on tours by Jayakumar — Rhythm Guitars and Jackson who is the bassist.
CP: You video “Don’t Turn Around” was aired on MTV UK and BBC Asia, who came up with the idea of the video? What was the budget? Did you expect it to go viral?
Jay: Don’t Turn Around was one of the songs which had very good response from the audience when we had it spun on radios and won us good reviews across as a single. We thought of doing a video for the same and it took some time for us to think about how to make a good video in a cost effective way. Manoj came up with the idea of natural lighting with poles lit up. Then, Yes!! We had a friend AR Shaji who worked in a Television production house and his camera crew and our Director who is also our band Manager Mr.Sumesh Lal helping us with the shoot and post production. In a way their help mattered a lot. We did not expect it to get into BBC or MTV but then sometimes things do work out better than planned.
CP: Who is usually writing lyrics and music? Tell us the story how a song is born in Lazie J group?
Manoj: Normally Jay brings a base version of a song, writes the lyrics for the same and we build It to the final mix . But then there are other occasions when I start a drum pattern or our guitarist starts a progression and then Jay comes in with the vocals which we complete together. Anyways once we get the groove we finish the song very quickly as we think “over thinking or Over Doing “ a song will kill the feel. Once we complete the song we jam it live in front of a few friends who are also our critics and then we go in for the recording.
CP: In the “Train Song” you tell “I’m moving on”. It is a song about hard loss and keeping a desire to life, love to humanity. It is a tribute to John Anthony. It says, that you should never give up, whatever difficulties you meet, am I getting it right?
Jay: Yes!! The song is about the spirit of moving on and we have just moved on from such a situation. Before Dilip moved in as guitarist we had one of the best-known guitarist in India John Anthony as our Lead Axeman. Some one who had unbelievable amount of energy, passion and determination. He had loads of incredible achievements to his credit and has travelled around the world with the best known faces in “world music”. He could do anything from Indian Raaga to Rockn roll with the same comfort he was an inspiration to all in the band also a lot of guitarists who followed his style here in India. He had an imposing work pattern and used to get up at 4 am and practice till 9 am when the band ( all the projects he worked in ) joins in and combined practice used to go up till 8 pm. This was his routine for decades. He died all of a sudden and to lose someone like him did put us into a crisis with a lot of existential questions. Luckily as John would have wanted we could move on and bring in Dilip who does a fantastic job in his role
CP: Speaking of which, could you introduce your new guitar player? How would you describe your style of play now in comparison to the one with John? Have anything changed? If so, in what way. If not, how the contribution of a new player affects your music?
Jay: Dilip for us has been a friend for a long time and one among our critics and advisor as well. He has years of rock n roll guitar playing behind him with various outfits and was awarded many times as best guitarist in many festivals here. But the best thing was that he knew our songs and he knew us so it was kind of easy settling in. Yes there is great workload and expectations and comparisons but then that’s how you move on isn’t it? .
Dilip : This is a really challenging task for me as the guitar work done by earlier guitarists has been nothing short of phenomenal, and to re-create what they have done might not really be an easy task for me. So I am not thinking much along the lines of "keeping up the music style", rather I am trying to figure out how best I can contribute without ruining the feel of their songs.
CP: You plan to do a World Tour in 2019. Which countries do you plan to visit? How fans can keep up with the schedule?
Manoj: We do have an international Collaborative called Lazie Bison, which includes artists from Canada and Sweden. There is quite a lot planned for Lazie J as both Lazie J and Lazie Bsion, which includes touring far east, Europe mostly and yes if things go well Canada. But then there are videos, which are planned, EPs planned to be launched. So yes it will be hectic yet exciting for us. We will sure announce our tours on our FB page and our profile in Reverbnation and hopefully we will have a press release on same all these are done by our Management team.
Our FB page can be reached in this link: https://www.facebook.com/LazieJband/
Reverbnation Profile: https://www.reverbnation.com/lazyj3
CP: Where do you find your inspiration?
Jay: That the band sustained for such a long time itself is a great source of inspiration to us. Before we could get our music heard through the internet and reach out to FM radios far across we spent long time creating music and playing to with a few friends here and occasional TV shows. Myself and Manoj Started this partnership in 1991. Went through a lot of ups and downs as a band but kept this going. But then it is exciting to play rock music and that kept us and keeps us going. Composing music together and listening to it once it is recorded gives us immense pleasure so does playing those songs live in front of crowds. We still get butterflies in stomach when we go out to play.
CP: What advise would you give to Cosmo Press readers?
Jay: We thank you for the interview and getting Lazie J across to the readers of Cosmo Press. It has been a pleasure talking to you. We would like to request the readers to listen to and support Independent Music as you get the best there. There is an ocean there full of rich and colorful music, which we tend to ignore because of lack of advertising. But then if you need originality you need to check out Independent music. Do listen to Lazie J and support us. We may or may not meet in person depending upon Lazie J tour plans and how it materializes but then do listen to us if you like us let us know in our FB page or Reverbnation Page because we look forward to. Thank you!
Interview conducted by Tati Richardson exclusively for @cosmopress.