India meets Italy in tunes of ‘Cocktail’


Music knows no boundaries. The statement becomes true once again as India and Italy erase the line of boundaries and create a symphony of friendship over music. The Album named ‘Cocktail’ has been released by Records Entertainment LLP. Italian band Sushi Rain has been a part of it and here are some excerpts from the interview with the Italian Band

What genre describes you the best given the kaleidoscopic genres you have contributed to?

SR:Our genre is best described as feminist Post-nuclear punk, funk metal chic. Just kidding. we don’t like to associate our music into one genre since we mix many styles which emanate from each of our members’ personal tastes – from metal to jazz, R&B/ soul to electro dance and hard rock. We can best sum it up with the title “progressive funk.”

What is it that brings you all together (something that is not music)?

SR: We love to make music together so that is the main thing. We are a big family united by music, but also by common interests, experiences and friendship. Along with good Italian food and wine, the inherent desire to make fools of ourselves and waste time together are also high on our list.

Can music according to you bring world peace and it not simply being culmination of  musical passions for few while leisure for others?

SR: We believe music cannot bring world peace, but revolution. Music can waken many feelings and emotions; it can shake the populous into consciousness.

What ingredients went  into making this new  cocktail?

SR: Drums, bass, guitar, screaming voices, keyboards and horns. A shot of funk mixed with a dose of metal poured over a base of seasoned slash rock. A dash of experimental fusion ferments with idiosyncratic licks and sharp as absinthe lyrics. The result: a Sushi jam to taste on your most delirious nights of pure folly.

Was Sushi Rain really unable to write a single? 

SR: No. In the end we wrote it. It all stems from a music critic who stated we weren’t able to write a song for the masses, a song that’s easy to listen to and appeals to all. We responded with our ironic single “Sushi Rain Can’t Write A Single.” So f#ck that music critic.

Why sushi? A dish from Japan . Any connection? How did you come across this name?

SR: We were all out at an all-you-can eat sushi bar. We all love sushi so we ate like it was our last day on earth. That night, the sushi decided to reintroduce itself in other forms, thankfully in the privacy of our own bathrooms.

What is an inspiration for each one of you – be it a friend, relative , an aquaintance, a book or music?

We all have had many people, characters, food, movies and musicians, who have inspired us including but not limited to:the Godfather, Nuno Bettencourt, DJ Nejo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cindy Crawford, Nicola De Bona, Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill, Jim Carrey, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Nadia’s Dad, TM Stevens, Living Colour, Bumblefoot, Frank Zappa, pizza and mandolins, beer, wine, Matteo Paolini, Poison, The Residence, Buddha, pepperoni and Mary Jane.

It’s time to believe in what ?, according to you.

SR: Dreams can become reality and the wings of freedom will never lose their feathers. It’s getting late. We are delirious. It’s time to believe inSushi Rain. Yes we can.

This venture to enter the the Indian market for music, with Jackson Records, how is it conducive in the liason between Italy and India?

SR: Italian pasta with Indian curry is surely a delicious combination. We are confident this mix will be just as soulful, spicy, innovative and cohesive as the combination of our cultures.

Do you listen to Indian music? Is there any bollywood personality you are fond of?

SR: Unfortunately not much Indian music or Bollywood movies arrive in Italy. We are fans of Ravi Shankar and the guitarist Shawn Lane who used many Indian musical influences in his songs. We are excited to explore more Bollywood films and absorb Indian influences into our music.

What is the thought behind the album cover of cocktail?

SR:We created a cartoon that represents many lyrics in our songs that criticize Italian politics and poke fun at our society’s blind following of popular trends.

What best defines love according to you?

SR: Love is real, as long as you don’t pay for it.

Is Sushi Rain a band of singles?

SR: We are all about receiving love in all forms. 🙂

How have you evolved thirteen years down the line, with your own music, both at a professional and a personal level?

SR: Actually we are a band of misfits since 2010. But in 5 years we have been listening to new music and discovering unique atmospheres. There have been many changes for example, our drummer,  Francesco Micieli, has grown a beard and become a monk, our bass player, Marcello Arena, has died and been resurrected thanks to ‘nduja (spicy Calabrian sausage), our saxophonist, Nadia Koski, actually got married to a normal human being, our guitarist, Francesco Bini, has transformed himself into a hybrid, blond alien who is a cross between Cindy Crawford and Johnny Depp while reciting in Anna Karenina, frontman and singer, Matteo Carrai, has founded a colony of ants who specialize in transportation to Pluto, Alessandro Biondi, our keyboardist, became leader in the wombat cheese market in Alaska.

Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

SR: In India, Italy, the USA, on the radio, online, on Mars, everywhere there is an audience that will listen to our music. We will take over the world!