The musical powerhouse behind Lifafa
The Juice: What inspired the name Lifafa?
The Juice: You have a rather chill vibe about you and how you dress. How important is fashion to you?
Suryakant: It’s never really been important at all. I don’t enjoy Armani or dressing dapper, but I do enjoy a sort of campy feel. I’m getting into coats now – actually a combination of kurtas, pyjamas & coats. I enjoy finding things for cheap – more second hand, and not quite vintage. I end up losing a lot of clothes, so my wardrobe comprises mostly of second-hand clothing from friends, or stuff people have gifted me. I have a €20 blazer that is really nice, and a blue tweed one that I got from Berlin and have worn in a lot of videos. I don’t see myself as stylish, or having a particular style. Like designer Ruchika Sachdev of Bodice told me years ago, my style is very ‘bhikadi chic‘ (he says while guffawing).
The Juice: How much thought do you put into what you wear to a gig?
Suryakant: I’ve started putting a little more thought into what I wear – at PCRC, it’s more white now, as it’s something universally classy. Nothing too pretentious, and with simple details like an interesting design on the pockets, etc. We almost look like a cult, which I somewhat enjoy. For Lifafa, it’s more a nice blazer, a kurta and pants.
The Juice: When not making music/performing, what can one find you doing?
Suryakant: Everything to make money – I make films for fashion labels like Raw Mango in my spare time. I do different things every day, like get a typewriter one day, and grow bored of it after a week.
The Juice: Who’s served as your biggest inspiration?
Suryakant: No one really serves as inspiration musically anymore. One thing I realised that I don’t want to follow the Kurt Cobains and the Jim Morrisons, and this whole idolising of this live young, party hard, die young philosophy. I’ve started looking towards people who have lived long, interesting lives and got married, had children. Someone who has managed to keep their sh*t together.
The Juice: What’s been your craziest fan encounter?
Suryakant: Well, I don’t know. At this one gig, a couple decided to get married and they came up on stage and announced it to everyone. And, at TLR in it’s heydey, and more recently at Auro, people just come for the “b***s”..haha.
The Juice: How would you describe Lifafa’s music to someone listening to you for the very first time?
Suryakant: There’s a sort of sensuality to it. I always imagined it as a sort of good soundtrack to porn – this whole sort of music to the journey of sex. Lyrically, now I’ve started responding more to the environment. While PCRC is more inward looking towards my psyche, Lifafa is more about being an Indian at where I am, instead of this global being who’s very disconnected from reality.
The Juice: What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learnt since you first started out?Suryakant: Too much time is wasted on not putting out music and sitting on it and ideating. The process has to be much faster.