New Delhi: Uday Benegal, singer of Indus Creed, one of India’s oldest rock bands, says the Bollywood genre has always been India’s pop music.
Indus Creed, formerly known as the Rock Machine, are known for giving hits like “Pretty child” and “Top of the rock”. They had also performed with biggies like Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. After a 13-year hiatus, they regrouped in 2010.
Asked why they didn’t release another album after “Evolve”, which had hit music stores in 2012, Uday told IANS: “We did put out a single, ‘Thief’, after that. The music industry has changed quite a bit. The ‘Bollywoodisation’ of the country… I mean Bollywood has always been India’s pop music.”
But Bollywood music is “growing even more and more”.
“Places where we used to play like colleges and stuff, there are more Bollywood gigs over there as well, so in the meantime, we got caught up in our individual projects and every now and then, we play a lot together but to take time out to write albums, that requires a certain amount of dedication of time and purpose. We will, at some point, but we are also lazy,” said Uday.
Also, making new music is an expensive process.
“Today, it’s not enough to record a song. You have got to back it up with a visual component which basically means a video, and videos cost money,” said Uday.