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Digital Suicide

Sunday, February 13, 2011

 “To us this is our oxygen. When we were growing up, the grunge / alternative scene was slowly tearing the glam scene apart. For obvious reasons, we were influenced.” That’s Digital Suicide for you, guys. Or rather that’s Daniel Langthasa, D’pak Borah and Ratan Bordoloi, merely explaining why and how they are what they are. 

“We were experiencing a lot of things and the music came into the picture as a support system. We used to listen to everything — Michael Jackson to RD Barman, Bappi Lahiri to Indian classical music. It all just came storming into our life,” they say. Well, we can definitely see that.
Digital Suicide, who started out as a band in the wake of the alternative scene in Guwahati abandons all preconceived notions of what a band should be doing based on trends and expectations. Their lyrical themes obsess about California dreams, love, communal hate, regional terrorism, realpolitik, fatty food, sex, hallucination, wild life, animals and global warming.  To them a clearer sky is their real concern. As Langthasa puts it, “We’re not saying we want to change the world. We’re just trying to believe that it will.” 

And this belief is put across to the world through the web. The band has a very strong cyberspace existence and that is one thing that has led to the steady rise of their fan-base all across the country. Theirs is a very modern approach to rock ‘n’ roll and that is something that features greatly in the way they communicate and present themselves. “This is not conscious dude! It’s part of our DNA!” says D’pak.

Having a good time is of major importance to them and it shows greatly in the way they sound and act on stage. To them, nothing compares to the view of a crowd dancing to their music. They also understand that not everybody can or would value, or for that matter even come to understand their brand of electro-alternative experimentation. However, they’d never agree to negotiate on what they stand for musically. “Unlike everyone else, we are trying to be commercial to a certain extent” exclaims Borah. ”Our image as a band is important to us but that’s something that’s solely out there to do justice to the music. Rock ‘n’ roll was always larger than life, y’know,” he adds. We totally agree!

Their debut E.P Demo holds testimony to why they are seen as one of Northeast’s most promising experimental and prolific independent outfits to date. “When we’re recording, or for that matter even jamming, we always have certain dos and don’ts in mind. We’re never trying to sound very sharp because we like it rough around the edges. For instance, if you’ve noticed, Demo for an electro/experimental alternative album it sounds extremely simple and unfinished” explains Bordoloi. “We believe it’s the feel that counts and that feel can’t be messed with.” 

 They have interesting reasons why they chose to do music. “Music is our primary language. It gives each one of our lives a meaning. It’s the language with which we can communicate better with the world around us. All of this begins with the connections we make within the band and then through the practice sessions to the people who are sitting in front of us. Music brings people together. We musicians are not shrewd politicians and might not be able to make a mark in the pages of history but I know this for sure that we can bring people closer to each other like no one else. We are, indeed the best in business. And that’s exactly what we’ve done and what we intend to do as DS,” says Bordoloi. “Dude, can you believe how music can get an Arab and a Jew to sit together and smile at each other and jump around in happiness during a show- that’s totally, the power of music,” says Borah. Right on, guys!

They know that a song works when they feel the music seeping into their hearts. “Music is music when it gives our lives meaning. I’m not saying this to try and sound heavy, but yeah, that’s the way it works for us,” explains Borah

As individuals, they have a lot of warmth and as a band they’re at ease with almost any kind of situation. This just goes to show how humble and friendly the three really are. Their huge fan-base is testament to that.
“We’re working on a new set-list for our stage act as of now.” Says Daniel. A welcome change from the normal hotch-potch that alternative bands come up with in the name of experimentation, DS means business when it comes to composition. And they prove that with solid numbers like The Prophet and Ninja. They are truly different as theirs is a formula that something any aspiring alt-rock outfit could do well with. But what is that difference? “A difference can never be created; it’s something that’s bound to happen. If we can just make people stop and think for a while…I’ll take that as a job well done,” says Bordoloi.


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