This post is from Nadir’s perspective
When I was in college I remember attending the small and simple rock shows that used to happen in our city, Mumbai in India.
There was this band called Zero, these guys were young, strong, bordering brashness and knew the pulse of the crowd. But the member that really stood out, for me at least, was the lead guitarist, Warren Mendonsa.
It was then, around 17 years ago, and now. We connect again, but this up close and as parents. Time can do wonderful things to people, the span doesn’t matter, but the point at which you meet is what matters.
Warren is this big, rotund man who is like a regular, unassuming bloke. His humility precedes him and no point will you ever come to terms with the fact that he is a world-class musician, producer and composer.
Warren was sweet enough to give us some time and talk about his journey of being a parent and how is balances his life between creating music, being a dad, a husband and sometimes touring.
We spoke about his band Blackstratblues, their last 2 albums have been inspired by his daughter. He goes on to say that being a parent changes his perspective even when it comes to creating music and having his daughter around kind of seeps into his creative process of making music.
Bedtime with The Beatles was something that Warren introduced us to where this musician called Jason Falkner takes Beatles songs and transforms them into lullabies. I think it’s quite genius. It’s great for kids clearly.
And another show that he introduced us to was Beat Bugs, which is a kids show which is based on The Beatles songs without the dodgy lyrics. I introduced it to my 3.5 year old daughter. She saw the first 5 mins, turns to me and enquires, almost offended, “Where is the bettle?” She was actually expecting the insect and when I said there aren’t any, she just dropped the phone and left.
Warren also truly believes that introducing musical instruments to young children is very beneficial.
It was such an embarrassing experience we had with Warren, he was our first guest and we ended up talking amongst ourselves for a good 25 minutes and guess what we forgot to hit record! So we had to restart the entire conversation and it was all good.
Photograph by Deepak Gopalkrishnan
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