What’s your insider tip for an art enthusiast living in Delhi?
Move out of the galleries and museums, and find alternative initiatives and gigs happening in the city. Delhi has quite a vibrant art and music community, and there are always small art exhibitions and gigs happening across the city. Go check them out. It’s important to support smaller interventions in your city to ensure there is a place for non-mainstream art to exist. You’d be surprised at how good some these turn out to be. So yeah, look for the supposed 'underground' and build an independent Indian scene.
Do you have a favourite art gallery?
Personally I am not that into the idea of art in galleries. Public interventions are far more engaging as a medium. I tend to be more inquisitive about pop-up events and shows. But I do enjoy what Khoj is doing in Delhi, and I really enjoyed MoMa and the Whitney in New York, and the Uffizi in Florence has some amazing exhibits.
Places you’re dying to visit:
Berlin, Norway for the Aurora Borealis, Sao Paolo and pretty much anywhere in Japan.
Favourite art/music festival in India?
Favourite would have been the Great Indian Rock festival. Being a drummer and having played in a band since I was a kid, GIR was where you always wanted to play. And even though it hasn't happened for a while, I believe it will happen again soon, so here's a shoutout for GIR. Also, Magnetic fields is cool.
Your in-flight chill regime:
If I am not working through a flight then my ‘ritual’ is headphones and music, and a pen and notebook to write down thoughts because I find that flights can be unintentionally stimulating. Also the seat farthest away from the babies.
Weirdest thing you’ve seen on your travels:
I recently did a road trip across America and Canada over a month where needless to say I saw a bunch of weird shit, and all the cliches about America, drawn from the films and general popular culture, started to manifest into reality. We were on a budget, and stayed in several budget motels, but the strangest was a motel somewhere in between California and Arizona. It was around 3am and we entered a room to find the whole place turned upside down, with a broken table, sheets on the floor and the strangest smell. The bathroom door had been kicked in to the extent that a part of it was hanging from the wall. Pretty strange site to walk into. We asked the manager what was going on and they’d given us a the wrong room (there had been a brawl the night before). We still stayed there though. That was pretty weird.
Favourite street artist?
Too many to pick one. Some of them are Blu, JR, Swoon, Borondo, Shoe, Os Gemos, Amitabh Kumar, Daku.