An unnamed artist is the most dangerous creature walking on this planet. It looks at the society with a neutral vision and projects the imperfections via a mirror that triggers common people. Pune based songwriter, performer and an artist Deepak Peace recently launched his second album 1947 se AK-47 Tak which instills all kinds of emotions. Nominated for the prestigious Toto Music Awards 2017, Deepak Peace sings satire with his guitar and harmonica and has received rave reviews from The Hindu, Rolling Stone India, Indian Music Diaries and more.
An unconventional musician, Peace likes to connect with people through his words that are raw, unabashed and promise to take you on a riveting journey.
First of all, what is the story behind your name Deepak ‘Peace’?
A lot of people have asked me about this. So, the thing is, I never wanted to write political stuff or political satire and my music is also not about that. It is a recollection of my times, my era in which I am living and observing around me and putting that into music and words. If you notice, once you mention the surname, people tend to find your political orientation, your background, where you come from and it specifically claims if you are being oppressed or the oppressor of the society.
In today’s time, it is not difficult to find someone’s surname and the background. I don’t find the need to tell the society where I come from and who I am; and this is the message to all. I am a human, I am my music, the things happening around affects me and I say that through my words. If you listen to both of my albums, you will find a lot of love songs as well. I carry love and peace; after all nothing good can come out of hate.
How do people associate with you? Are you an artist, or a musician, or a change maker?
Deepak Peace above all wants to be a good human being. In fact, some people need to become humans first. People will always label you- be it an artist or a musician, a right wing or a communist; everyone will have a label for me and I leave that to people to see me as anything that they wish. But I see myself as a common, selfish person who wants people to feel what I have felt and hopefully, when people look back years from now, and listen to my music, they will resonate with it.
With the indie music scene gaining recognition in the country, you drifted to a completely different genre (if it is a genre!) of projecting the political unrest, the societal disharmony and the prevailing conditions of the country. What inspired you for this?
The whole idea of writing your own stuff and expressing through any art form is the ideal situation of any artist: talk what you feel like. My music expresses exactly that. If you consider the indie music scene, they haven’t made that big in the country as against standup comedy because they are so relatable. They talk about stuff that matters or is happening around us and that’s why we are able to connect to the comedians. People want to listen to those stories. The same thing needs to happen with music as well. People need to know the real stories, the real relatable things that matter. And that inspired me to write more.
You have performed at multiple venues across Pune and Mumbai, how do people respond to your music?
So far, I have received an overwhelming response from people. Most of the people don’t expect the kind of music that I perform but when they hear it, they really appreciate it. I have observed that people from the age 16 years to 60 years connect with my music.
I think people are ready for change but I don’t know who will bear the torch for the massive movement. India will see a cultural revolution very soon via art.
Many artists and the art community are raising voices against the current political unrest, bashing the ruling government. What is your take on all this?
If you listen to my music, you will find innuendos projecting the conditions of the country. What I can see in the society is definitely wrong, but more than being wrong, it is dangerous and will have collateral damage in the future if it is not paid heed to. Artists are over sensitive souls and they deduce the conditions well before anyone else does and they are expressing themselves. I cannot comment what is wrong or what is right but there should be an outright expression of the opinions; be it small or big via any art form.
Even a small protest will have a ripple effect. Keep your eyes and mind open to see things the way they really are. Those who are guilty will always notice the unrest and its repercussions.
Which song of your album is your favorite and which one drained you completely?
The song ‘Freedom of Speech’ from my new album 1947 se AK-47 tak is my favorite. That is a love song with political quotient and was the most fun to write. The song that really drained me whilst writing is the ‘Ballad of Irom Sharmila.’ As a part of the society and how we have treated her, I felt the guilt and wanted to express that through this song.
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