Arguably, the best thing about The Great Escape festival is the way it allows a kaleidoscopic array of musical talent from across the world to formulate together in one of Britain’s most famous Seaside towns and although India is the second most populated country in the world, Parekh and Singh will be flying the flag solo in Brighton this May.
Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh’s remarkable musical connection has seen them produce shimmering dream pop, almost as sharp as their suits. Signing with Peacefrog records has sparked a blossoming popularity surge in the UK as they continue to front India’s avant-garde musical revolution. The Kolkata born pair are relishing the opportunity to play at The Great Escape and chatted to Ben Bowman about exploring the many hidden treasures of Goa and the ‘probably cold’ British seaside.
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How does it feel to be playing The Great Escape 2017?
It feels like a navigational waypoint of a show. The thought of making real connections with real people in different parts of the world is one of the reasons we play music. Parekh and Singh is on a journey of discovery and The Great Escape is like Mos Eisley spaceport – we don’t know what can happen next!
What do you know about the festival?
Our scene in India has generally considered TGE to be an enigmatically important festival to play at. We’re keen to experience it for ourselves!
What can we expect from your set at The Great Escape?
Ghost stories about a secret path from a beach, through trees hiding many roguish animals, up to the top of a hill from where, at sunset, one can philosophically look out at a phytoplankton-strewn ocean.
What do you know about the other acts playing this year and who would you like to check out?
We want to check out everybody because everybody is new to us! A really exciting prospect.
What is the best thing about Brighton? / Have you been to Brighton before?
We like the idea of a (probably cold) seaside town in England. Sounds like magic. We’ve never been but our dreams carry us everywhere and Brighton has certainly figured.
What were you doing this time last year?
Taking a drive in the Calcutta night.
When you go to the Beach what can you not go without? Sunglasses, Pennies for the slot machines? A Ball of some sort?
A ravenous appetite and a pleasantly desperate thirst.
What is the best seaside holiday you’ve been on?
We enjoy the many hidden treasures of Goa.
What’s your favourite thing to get from the Ice Cream Van?
Nischay: Strawberry / Jivraj: I want it all (we are both partial to orange stick, a legendary part of our shared, but out of phase, school life)
Rehearse and roam.