Mohit Mukhi releases his second EP, ‘Midnight Lullabies’
Mohit Mukhi has just released his sophomore album ‘Midnight Lullabies’ via nrtya. After releasing his first album, Mohit decided that he wanted to work on his next one with a dedicated bunch of people he could really connect with. He found what he wanted in Rahul Wadhwani, who he’d previously met through a friend before reconnecting with again, and Heather Andrews, who had done backing vocals on his first album. Together, they created the magical listening experience that is ‘Midnight Lullabies’.
Listen to the whole album HERE.
While his first album ‘Running Shoes And A Thousand Dreams’ was light and optimistic, ‘Midnight Lullabies’ is a lot more personal and poignant. ‘Running Shoes’ had a fuller sound, but Mohit wanted to put out material that was closer to what he was doing live, and the stripped-down sound of ‘Midnight Lullabies’ was born. Mohit chalks up most of the difference to age; he’s not the same person now that he was when writing ‘Running Shoes’. His songwriting has evolved in a way – ‘Midnight Lullabies’ has a lot more complex structures. The one thing that’s remained constant is his penchant for writing narratives. He enjoys taking an incident and exploring it right down to the core, like in Lucky Man and My Heart In My Hand.
It’s all pretty impressive considering Mohit started playing the guitar only at the age of 22. His boyhood dream of filmmaking had resulted in a few short films before he gave up that idea. He wanted to be a writer one way or another, and being someone who’d always been an ardent listener of music, he decided to pick up a guitar and write his own songs. Certain lyrics had the tendency to suck him in and he wanted his listeners to experience the same thing. He describes the period of time he spent learning to play the guitar as “the most joyous time” in his life. Instead of letting his age deter him, he let it be his driving force. The fear that came with starting late made him practice 6-8 hours a day with discipline and put him in the right state of mind where he could pick things up easily. The fear followed him for another 2-3 years before he reached a realization. “The more you pay attention to it, the less you grow,” he says. “So I don’t really think about what’s going to happen.”
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Following that, Mohit studied at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. When asked to compare the independent scene of India to a place like London, Mohit says, “India has a very young market. It’s not fair to draw a comparison between these places.” But he goes on to give us some insight. “For every venue here, there’s ten in London. There’s a huge number of musicians. We’ve to reach a point where there’s a balance between having venues for all sorts of gigs. Big loud venues, intimate gigs, they’ve all been around in London for a long time. There are 70 plus Sofar gigs in London every month as opposed to 1 here. I’m really happy with Sofar gigs, I’ve had a chance to play 4 Sofar gigs in India so far. When we expose people to settings that are really ideal for listening, and not chitter chatter and socializing, then people will possibly react to music in a certain way.”
From filmmaker to being a guitar teacher with two albums under his belt, Mohit Mukhi has come a long way. ‘Midnight Lullabies’ is mellow music perfect for both rainy nights spent in a cab and days spent frolicking in the sun. Catch Mohit live this Saturday at a house concert in Khar West, Mumbai along with Aarifah Rebello and Aditi Ramesh.