An Interview with Vaibhav Bhutani of IOISH

Indian experimental project Ioish, formed by songwriter Vaibhav Bhutani, has just launched a new single taken from the upcoming release. Bhutani talks for Progarchy about new music, challenges, and more.

You are to launch a new full-length album entitled “In Waves”. How do you feel about the release? 

Thanks for asking! Well, I am too excited for it as this I the first time I am making something as big as this, in terms of collaborations with other musicians and producers.

Where does the new record stand comparing to your previous releases?

Well, its more organic in terms of the instrumentation of the whole track. This song is based more on “real” instruments whereas the previous one was more inclined towards this electronic space but still inclined towards the progressive music space.

How much of a challenge was it to work on the newly released single “What You Need It For”?

It was not a challenge but more of a rush, a feeling of being nervous in the starting as the whole line up was new but as things unfolded I started realising what my expectations really should be so I started focusing on that and that is when the fun part started. It’s like you wake up just to do that not because you have to but because you want to.

Speaking of challenges, have you set any in the early phase of what has become the final result?

Well, The past decade has been hard. I had unreal expectations out of music, especially the kind we make, in a country like India where listening to music is a luxury to be honest. Doesn’t matter if its Bollywood or if its western. If you can choose what music you can listen to in this part of the world, I am sure you’re doing pretty well. So making a space and getting accepted by the people here was obviously a challenge but now I don’t see music as a service that I am providing to everyone but I rather see it as something that I can use to let my train of thought out. Apart from that, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis about a decade ago when I was 20 but that actually helped shaped the sound of the band so I is it really a problem?

What is your opinion about the progressive rock/metal scene in 2022? 

In India? I haven’t heard many progressive bands that I can personally relate to, rather there are some other bands that sound HUGE. Overall around the world, well we have bands like The Ocean who we got to share stage with which is a band that I love. I got to watch tool at Download Festival 2022 which is an experience I cant ever forget. I mean music in its nature should be progressive in my opinion the verse chorus-formula is for marketing.

Let me know about your influences—the artists that in a way shaped and continue to shape the music of Ioish.

Oceansize, Vessels, 65daysofstatic and Toe mixed with a lot of pop music ranging from Kanye West to Taylor Swift, I love sounds. Everything is inspiring if the intent of the sound resonates wtih you and I believe if you listen properly, and pay attention, there is no way it wont resonate with you until your ego is holding on to something that’s not letting you be a part of that space. That is my belief. For example some people hate bands like Coldplay but they don’t even know why. Maybe its not the band but the memories you keep locked away in their music

What are your top 5 records of all time?

Oh wow! The top position is shared amongst two bands. Here it goes:

  1. 10,000 days, TOOL / Frames – Oceansize
  2. Meteora – Linkin Park
  3. Graduation – Kanye West
  4. Crack the Skye – Mastodon
  5. Colours – Between the Buried and me / Continuum – John Mayer

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

We plan to take this live! I am working on a visual part of the songs too. I am also a huge fan of Amon Tobin and VR/AR stuff so I am trying to incorpate technology and arts like no one has ever done before. Starting off with a projection mapping set which would include some AR elements, fingers crossed!

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