City and Space: Music Edition | In Conversation with Tsemola
The Multilogue Collective in collaboration with House Concert India is working on a research narrative based around 'City and Space'. For the initial story, we wanted to cover the music scene in different cities and ask a few questions to musicians, organizers, and supporters of original music in India.
We were glad to have a conversation with Tsemola, who is usually wandering around with coloured hair. She is an Art Director and a Graphic Designer and the vocalist for The Raven.
As an artist/musician/individual, what are your views on the ever-changing scenario for live gigs/concerts within the city and how performance spaces in your city have evolved for different kinds of music?
"Live scenes have started happening more over past few years. There are more spaces now but I won't really say it's evolved , it's just got a little better I guess with number of musicians increasing in the local scenes."
Place-making capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.
What are your views/suggestions on the idea of music (any genre/any kind of artist - gigs/festival etc) as a place-making tool, to activate the public life and create a sense of community within a city?
"It is really important that music the artist is performing connects with the ones who are listening, such spaces where the audience is for the music and so is the artist is important and these small communities actually help. It creates a sense of belonging and freedom in both sides."
Cities start getting a tag of the kind of 'music scene' it has established over the years or is now adapting to. How would you define the music identity of your city? (You may talk about specific genres or in general.)
"Delhi has always been tagged with Sufi or Bollywood music. It was always a struggle for our band to get shoes or proper payment for the kind of music we played in the beginning. There is growth in Metal scenes now, as we can see a lot of international and local metal bands have been performing."
Any organisations you would like to mention which are creating this spark of the community through alternative experiences?
"House concerts are an intimate experience where I feel the audience is there to listen to the artist. Been seeing a lot of living room sessions posts on Instagram lately. Unbolly inc. gets a whole community of metal and people into heavy music. And I'm sure there are many more."
We would like to thank Tsemola for being a part of this narrative and for being a wonderful individual in the music fraternity while she represents her city, Delhi. You can connect with her at: Instagram- https://instagram.com/tsemola?igshid=scyk2jwecny Facebook- Tsemola Dechhen Chouhan