Rivers & Satellites
Interview with Mohit Masta
Alina Vorontštihhina
1)Please, introduce yourself to our readers. What do you study? Where do you come
from?

Hi my name is Mohit Masta and I am a doctoral researched in Environment Technology at
Tartu University. I come from New Delhi, India. My research here at Tartu concerns with
greenhouse gases and climate change. Its been over a year since I came here.
2)What do people think about „art of sound" in India?
In India, sound is colourful as our clothing style. We have a wide spectrum of classical and
cultural music which varies according to geography. Due to our country's big size, its easy
to experience a change in food, clothing and music as you travel from one state to another.
We also have strong roots of folk and tribal music. Some of our famous classical music
instruments include Sitar, Harmonium and Tabla. Scales (Ragas) from our classical music
have their own sound and taste which anyone can recognise very easily. I feel the major
difference in sound comes from instruments, as in western classical music the key
instruments are piano, violin, horns or trumpet. But for us its harmonium, flute, sitar and
tabla which have their own distinct tone. Its like you can tell a difference between a Fender
Strat and a Les Paul as they both have their own signature sound. So this difference in
instrument sounds kind of creates a different taste of music which can be recognised easily.
3)What role does music play in your everyday life? Does it help to overcome
misunderstandings with other people?

Music is very helpful. It clears my mind, makes me laugh and keeps me calm. Sometimes I
can even even express my mental state with just a song and my friends would know. I
usually try to listen a wide variety of stuff and keep my mind open for new sounds.
4)You also have your own album. Tell a little bit about it.
Well I have released a small EP in March this year called 'Witnessing'. The album is about
finding yourself, the transition from sleeping state to waking up. Its a collection of four songs
which show the state of a person as he or she transitions in life from childhood to falling in
love as a teen and then slowly realising what he or she is meant to do in this life. I started
writing it last year around May and it took some time as I also have my research work and
then writing lyrics and recording everything. It's a lot to manage i guess. But I finished
everything in January this year and then waited for the artwork to be ready which was
designed by an amazing Estonian artist ' Maari Soekov'. And then finally in March I was able
to put it out.
5)What does the cover of your album refer to?
The artwork portrays the central ideal for the EP which is the transition from the state of
being drunk with our minds to self realisation. As mentioned before, its designed by Maari
Soekov who is just amazing with her imagination. The artwork is an important part of the
message conveyed by music. It seems dark but delivers a positive and happy message that
you will reach home eventually.
6)How did you find your way to songwriting?
I started learning to play guitar in high school and there was no intention to write music at
that time. It was just a strong desire to learn the songs that i loved. But eventually I started
writing really simple two chord songs just for the sake of trying. I truly believe that listening
wide variety of music is very important for improving songwriting. Slowly and slowly I started
to understand the structures in songs and tried to implement them in my own way. I think like
this you kinda develop your own style. It also depends on the sounds you choose to express
your message. So as I write songs, I love to experiment with different guitar tones to
experience different flavours for my songs and then make a final decision about the tones.
Eventually with experience you can do it in my mind too. Now there are multiple instances
where I already the tone or sound that I would want and then i try to achieve that. I think
songwriting or composing is the most creative step in music which is why we see such a
variety. It's the same seven notes of a scale but they they are put by Eric Clapton or Jason
Becker is what makes all the difference.
7)Where do you find the inspiration?
I find inspiration from nature, personal experiences and emotions. I think if you have
experienced something then you can be more authenticate when you are expressing it in
your song. Imagination does help a lot but I would still prefer experience over imagination
because with experience you are more confident about your emotions and how you felt.
Sometimes I am using paintings as a source of inspiration and I try to fill the scene i the
painting with the best music that i can think of. This is a really good method and it works all
the time. I still believe its still very personal thing.
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