Rhythm of Love
Rhythm of Love: In conversation with Lindi
Lindi is a singer-songwriter based in Kohima, the talented artist learnt to play his first musical instrument from his mother — A chord on the guitar.
Lindi’s debut ‘Chasing The New’ is an emotional song about moving on from a pretty low place to a better place mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
He opines that putting out original music, with genuineness too, from local artists is a rare sight.
Rhythm of Love today shares an interesting interview with Lindi who has much to tell about his musical journey.
Read on to know more ….
Eastern Mirror: An introduction for those who haven’t heard of you yet.
Lindi: My name is Lindi and I am yet to find a Naga with the same name. Similar pronunciations but the spellings differ. Let me know if you find one.
With that being said, I’m an upcoming singer-songwriter and I hope you will find my songs in your playlist soon if you don’t already, because I am working towards bringing out genuine original music with good tunes and beats.
Eastern Mirror: Your first stage performance. And what was the experience like?
Lindi: My first time performance as the main vocal was when I was in class 10, shout out to Baptist High. Once, I got on the stage with my band, it was a blur. You know when you get off the stage and you have no idea how it went by. We didn’t even have a name for the band so hat was that. I don’t remember being all nervous but the feeling I had was familiar, maybe because I’d been in Sunday School choirs all my life.
Eastern Mirror: What was the first tune(s) you learnt?
Lindi: My mother taught me the A chord on the guitar and it started from there. I think the first proper tune I learned, or at least I thought so, was Greenday’s Macy’s Day Parade in grade 6 or something and I remember it being a great accomplishment for me among my peers.
Eastern Mirror: Your personal view on the present music scenario of Nagaland.
Lindi: Putting out original music, with genuineness too, from local artists is a rare sight and although I do not claim to be one, I see ‘artists’ who want to get paid the most for the least amount of work. I genuinely feel that when you put out great original music and it resonates well with the people, the pay check will eventually follow. One reason, maybe the lack of creative works from us artists or low quality output hinders our paycheck. In truth, the Naga music industry is a ‘connection-based’ business and maybe it so elsewhere and in other businesses too. I neither crave nor complain because connections can only get you so far— to certain events and programs. To get to that next level, the real judges—the world, the audience— you got to put in that extra work because connections aren’t going to get you there.
Eastern Mirror: Five things in life that you cannot live without.
Lindi: Things and not anything else right? Coffee, Chai, internet, books and guitar.
Eastern Mirror: Your inspirations while composing lyrics?
Lindi: My inspirations come from feeling strong emotions. These emotions are not always necessarily about myself or people, I can feel a type of way about a tune or melody that comes to me and I just record it on my phone, lest I forget, and work on that emotion that I feel strongly from that tune. I accompany the tunes with lyrics or vice versa. More often than, composing the lyrics and tune go hand in hand for me— either I feel strongly about a tune or lyrics which I have written down based off my own experience or thought process.
Eastern Mirror: If given a chance to perform with a musician, who would you choose and why?
Lindi: This is such a tough question but I’ll try. Well, the word here is perform and not collaborate right so I’d say Bon Jovi if I were in the 80’s because I would like to go nuts one time singing Livin’ on a Prayer with them. Today, quite the contrast, I’d say Drake or Chris Brown. Although, sharing the stage with the Hillsong band would definitely be a pinnacle.
Eastern Mirror: What is your debut ‘Chasing The New’ all about?
Lindi: I wrote this song about myself moving on from a pretty low place to a better place mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I don’t wish to go further into the details of the events before I write it because I want people to listen to the lyrics and interpret the song from their own perspectives all the while relating to the emotions behind it.
Eastern Mirror: Your influences? And who was your first teacher?
Lindi: I have so many varied influences from oldies to new rappers today. To name some of my influences chronologically over the years as I grew up—From Bonjovi, Firehouse, Westlife to Simple Plan and then to Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber (yes I know) to artists like Haim, Sigrid, Halsey, Kehlani and these new found trap genre artists although I won’t name them. Let me be clear and state that I gain my musical inspiration from their musical styles and life journeys and not necessarily their morals, beliefs or ways of living.
Eastern Mirror: How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Lindi: Well, I’ve started my venture into the business world and it may seem as though it may not go hand-in-hand with music but music is not really an obstacle or getting in the way of anything because it’s something I just would do regardless of whatever, like eating or drinking. In fact, I think I won’t be able to carry my business efficiently if I am not doing music as well. So, it’s a perfect balance, I guess, when I am doing music alongside other obligations.
Eastern Mirror: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Lindi: The only time I am nervous is when I am not well prepared. So, from that perspective, if you are nervous then you gotta work until you feel confident enough. I’ll admit it’s easier said than done but that’s just the way it is.