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Six months after their first promotional tour of India, the Bay area quartet Flipsyde returned to enthusiastic fans for a full-length live show. Pity that organisational mishaps got in the way of what was otherwise a good show by the band. A large number of Flipsyde’s fans complained about poor promotion and publicity for the show. Also, many considered the event highly mistimed ~ show time coincided with the opening of the 2006 World Cup, only the biggest event in soccer. The most disappointed were the city’s younger teens ~ a big portion of the band’s fan base ~ they reported to us that they were ready to flock to the show in large numbers but the 8 pm time of the show meant that most of them were unable to get permission to go.

The band remained upbeat though and put on a powerhouse performance, engaging the crowd with an enthusiasm that was contagious. We met Flipsyde’s MC Piper the day before the show for a quick Q&A.

The Record: Good to see you again - what brings you back to India? Piper: [Smiles] India brings us back to India! It’s a beautiful place with beautiful people. We love being here.

TR: Before you came here the first time, what was the impression you had of the country.

Piper: I really had no impression of India before we came here the last time except for what we saw on TV and what media outlets give you. And I don’t think you can trust the impression they give you of a country really so I came here with a blank slate and I think it’s a very dynamic and very powerful place.

TR: Take us through the creation of a Flipsyde song.

Piper: Usually it starts with a chord progression on a guitar with Dave and Steve. They’ll keep playing it over and over again and Steve will start humming and I’ll start writing. I usually write the words and Steve usually writes the melody.

TR: What is the most unlikely inspiration you have got for one of your songs?

Piper: When I wrote the song US History I was working at the youth prison and the little kids loved to hear me talk about politics and history but a lot of them couldn’t read. So I just wrote the song to teach them about history and they loved it. Dave and Steve heard the song and they started playing on it and it turned into this beautiful thing. I never thought of it like that, I just began writing it to teach the kids about history.

TR: What are your musical influences?

Piper: My father’s from Brazil so I listened to a lot of Brazilian music when I was a kid and my mother would always play music as well ~ Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Eagles. I think listening to The Eagles is what attracted me to Steve’s voice. Then hip-hop came along and I listened to Run DMC, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, NWA, Tupac… just loads of great music

You can read the rest of our feature on Flipsyde in the June 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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