Shaa’ir + Func and Pentagram guitarist Randolph Correia on online gigs and his new album Blitch
Indian Pentagram electro-rockers led by famous music composer Vishal Dadlani (of the Vishal-Shekhar duo) with seasoned musician Randolph Correia have often been confused with the 1970 American band of the same name. But Randolph, who is best known for his popular acts like Shaa’ir + Func denies such a misunderstanding. Randolph recently released a five song album Blitch which he says is an experiment with a technique on the Ableton digital audio workstation with 35 tracks spread across four albums titled Waves, FUKT, Demon inside and Pharmacy.
“I have the sound for Blitch of the Ableton technique, and then I started to organize little pieces from that experience, because most of them are like live jams, ”explains the musician as we met him after his recent concert virtual. Jim Beam Originals who paid tribute to the American rock band Nine Inch Nails. “I did a Phil Collins tribute concert with Karsh Kale (Indo-American musician) earlier this year then Jim Beam was for Nine Inch Nails, so it was definitely yes for me. It was great to make our vision for these covers our way, ”said Randolph.
It’s been over three decades since the band was formed in 1994 and Randolph tells us that every member of the band has evolved in terms of their understanding of music and become the best version of themselves. “We made a lot of albums together and toured extensively. We just hang out, vibrate and make music that has always been our core business and that’s how Pentagram was formed a long time ago, ”recalls the musician. Are you comfortable with online concerts? “They are great. I certainly miss the live concerts because the energy is completely different, for the artist as for the audience,” says the guitarist and expresses that digital concerts take a lot of effort to create the experience. for the public.
Besides his versatile music and guitar performances, Randolph recently showed one side of his creativity with 25 sketches in A3 size for his friend Karthikeyan Ramachandran’s graphic novel, 69. Interestingly, before becoming a musician, Randolph had exhibited his paintings conceptual and abstract to several shows.
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