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When it comes to Rock and Roll the word has come to mean a number of things in time and has been interpreted and translated into multiple formats – be it; rock, metal, punk, and hardcore along with each of its numerous iterations over the decades.

Enter Dothead, an alternative band led by Aditya “Adi” Parige who sings, plays guitar, and multiple instruments, along with the help of other musicians. Adi was born in Wellington, New Zealand, grew up in San Jose, California, and studied at film school in London, England although originally hailing from India. A true musical gypsy and vagabond if there ever was one! When asked how the name Dothead came about, Adi told me it was a name a bully in school used to pick on him.

Adi was kind enough to share his upcoming debut record, “Blessed”, the LP’s sleeve was designed by Adi using turmeric with the aid of some artists. The artwork is a reflection of Adi’s Indian roots and is a snapshot in time of a culture full of surprises. All the vocals, guitars, and bass are performed by Adi, while the drums and percussion are handled by Nicola Balac, and the mixing and recording are done by Saheer, Kamilo Kratc, George Nutt, and Cristiana.

Let’s put it this way, when you hear the opening of “Bobo”, which starts with a slight distortion, you cannot help but hear the grungy undertones reminiscent of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley in his singing, followed by bluesy riffs, and intelligible lyrics that one can expect to find in this type of music.

Then, of course, the repetitive “Bobo” fade out bridge accompanied by the short yet sweet Black Sabbath Esque solo, which adds another dynamic to the song. “Mama is Chacha & Chacha is Mama”, is definitely the catchiest verse in the song with such an infectious hook. This song should be made a single and it has the potential to become a radio hit, I just know it! An alternative gem that would be worthy of being in the 80s/90s canon of Indie or Alternative music.
Source: Infusion Magazine

Tell us about Dothead ……
Dothead is a music project I started about a year ago. I wrote some songs, and with the help of my friends, we made an album called Bastard Blessed. The songs deal with themes and issues pertaining to the South Asian diaspora.

What is the idea behind the name?
Someone called me a Dothead when I was 13 years old in an attempt to offend me. 12 years later it sounded like a good name for a band, so I went with it.

Tell us more about the song Ignorant N.R.I.
Ignorant N.R.I. is a satirical song that deals with Islamophobia in the Hindu community. I take on quite an extreme character as I tackle the subject. It breaks my heart to see India falling to the influence of far-right ideology. I’m not for it. This song is essentially a melodic rant against all of that nonsense.

Which one is your personal favorite?
Probably Asura In My Head. That song went through maybe 4 or 5 versions before I settled on a structure for the song. I grew up in a religious household full of chanting, so turning the Mahishasura Mardini stotram into a hard rock psychedelic tune was satisfying.

How did you get into music?
I’ve always been into music. I learned Carnatic music until I was 17, but I was pretty rebellious and easily bored. Not exactly your ideal student. I grew up listening to Indian music with my mom and 60s/70s rock n roll with my Dad. When I was 17 I started playing guitar and as I got older the two worlds slowly collided. All of that being said, I’ve been writing stupid songs since I was five years old. The only difference is this time I added more instruments.

What is the inspiration behind this music?
Purely to tell some stories that only I can tell. I’ve got a unique relationship with my identity as a South Asian American. I wanted to incorporate the Hindu mythology, Indian history & politics, and south Asian life with the experiences I’ve had so far. I also love guitars, so I wanted to make a rock n roll album.

Tell us more about your album…
It’s good. It’s short. 25 minutes. Go listen to it. I personally think some of the best songs are towards the end of the album, don’t miss them!

How did you discover the passion for music?
By listening to The Beatles, Carnatic music, my mother’s chanting, and, most importantly, A.R. Rahman’s Chaiyya Chaiyya.
Is there someone you would want to collaborate in the near future?
King Khan. I’m not talking about SRK. I’m talking about a psychedelic musician from somewhere in Europe. He’s wild. Also, I’d love to collaborate with the Kominas.

Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Flying my psychedelic, six-stringed chariot through the summer monsoon while embracing my inner Asura and getting in as much trouble as I can… My goal is to help bring mythology to a modern audience through my songs and exercise as much creative freedom with it until I’ve pissed off the right people. After that, I’ll get started on my Christian rock group, CrossHead.

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