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Hanging out with UK-based Trickbaby the day after their first live performance in India, we’re quite surprised that the band shows no signs of exhaustion even though they’ve hit the city’s nightclubs and partied all night long after the show. We always knew there was more to the band than the excellent Slipping Through Your Fingers (great on both counts: song and video) that is currently being aired. Check out our exclusive interview to find out what the band is all about.

The Record: A lot of artists from the UK who perform in India are surprised at the welcome they receive. What thoughts did you have on your way here?
Steve: I think we know some of those artists you’re talking about. We meet at events in the UK so we kind of knew what to expect when we came here. We weren’t quite so green, we knew it would be great. ‘People will really look after you, you’ll go down well, people are enthusiastic’ …they kind of told us that. And they were right!

TR: We’ve only heard one Trickbaby song – Slipping Through Your Fingers… Recommend some of your other tracks to us.
Steve: Okay, track one, track two, track three, track four… [Laughs]
Saira: The first song is called Nine Parts Of Desire. I read somewhere, it said that God created desire in ten parts – he gave nine parts of desire to women and one part to men. I’m saying, ‘Why should women have to take the responsibility for nine parts of that desire and why should men only be accountable for one part?’ (The sound of the song) is kind of exotic and stringy and a bit mystical.
About Slipping Through Your Fingers… I was walking down Oxford Street and this Hare Krishna came up to me to sell me his philosophy. He had this book called Coming Back and the bridge in the song goes, ‘coming back to my inspiration’. So I was very cynical, very busy, probably rushing off to Marks and Spencer’s to buy a sandwich or something, and he said ‘Stop!’, and I said ‘No I haven’t got time’. He said ‘No stop, breathe –'
Steve: Which we all say to Saira…
Saira: [Laughs] And he said ‘Stop, chill, listen to me. Buy my book’. I said ‘I don’t want your book’. He said ‘Do you ever have regrets?’ I said ‘Yeah’, he said ‘Do you ever wish you could do something over again, undo something? This way you don’t have to undo anything, you can live it, make your mistakes, have your regrets, and then you can step out of your skin and do it all over again, in a different incarnation, with a different power, controls, different look, a different life, different people around you, different things surrounding you as your stimuli’. He presented me with the option of ‘don’t hold grudges, don’t let your history carry heavy on your shoulders’. It was quite a lesson, quite an awakening for me. I didn’t buy his book, I didn’t buy into his philosophy - but the few choice words he said to me were pretty spectacularly meaningful. The song is in Hyderabad Blues 2 and we’ve been getting emails from a lot of people saying the song means so much them.
So I think with anything, you create a general lyrical scenario and everyone imposes their own meaning landscape onto it. Like people go to a tarot card reader and they say ‘Tomorrow you’re going to get…whatever’ or you read a horoscope and I think it’s just the way the mind works isn’t it?

What is the oddest place you’ve played your music at?
Saira: At the Natural History Museum – we were playing in a huge auditorium staring at giant dinosaurs! We also played a festival in Amsterdam where there were a lot of people from Surinam and they just kept asking ‘You do bhangra? You do bhangra?!’

TR: Steve, we hear you worked with a record company and you’ve met a lot of great musicians. Tell us some stories. Steve: I spent three days with Aretha Franklin in her house. That was extraordinary!
Saira: And he didn’t recognise her when he walked through her front door!
Steve: Okay here’s the story. I went and knocked on her front door and her maid opened the door. She was in her dressing gown, her hair in curlers and she let me in. And there was another lady standing next to her with the same thing - hair in curlers, dressing gown. I said ‘Hi I’m Steve, and you are?’ And she says ‘Hi I’m Aretha.” I said ‘I’m really sorry I didn’t recognise you in your curlers!’ I couldn’t say anything else really! She played some songs at her piano and just sang – and you got why Aretha Franklin was Aretha Franklin! It was absolutely brilliant, hair standing up at the back of your neck…she’s a really nice lady.


You can read the rest of our feature on Trickbaby in the November 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
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