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Meet the original mr. printer

Artiste Aazin Printer on his undivided love for singing,crowdfunding for his debut album and finding a suitable title for it.

Artiste Aazin Printer on his undivided love for singing,crowdfunding for his debut album and finding a suitable title for it.

I don’t play cricket,I can’t recite (John) Keats,and I don’t do no rap,but I can sing,and all I want to do is sing,sing my heart out,sing for you babe,sing till I weep,sing till the sun comes up,sing for me,sing for us,and sing till I drop dead.” His pledge on,an online crowd-funding platform,is exactly what Aazin Printer lives by.

Printer was never in a dilemma about what career to take up after he finished high school. He knew he had to be a vocalist,just like his pledge says — all he ever wanted to do is sing. As the lead vocalist of Mumbai band Something Relevant for seven years,each performance that rocked a full house audience made Printer fall more deeply in love with the stage.

He says he loves to hide from the world to pour his heart out into writing songs. “I am a storyteller when it comes to writing songs. I sing songs about strange dreams that I have had,about characters that I make up in my head and about issues that I feel strongly about,” says Printer.

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Now,he is busy with a solo project,which he wants to keep under wraps for the time being. “I am looking for a new kind of sound. I have been collaborating with many artistes to find out what I am looking for,” says the 27-year-old,who will be performing in the city at High Spirits on Wednesday.

With an inclination for doing things differently,he has appealed for crowdfunding for his debut solo album. “Crowdfunding is a new concept in India. You have to be worthy of people for them to put their money and trust in you. It was difficult for me since I had left Something Relevant and had to start creating my fanbase from scratch. I had to send personal emails and do a lot of hard work to convince people to consider funding my album,” says Printer,who has managed to raise over Rs 3 lakh.

If choosing a career path was no sweat for him,picking a name for his debut album has been a brain-wracking process.


“I thought of so many titles that it’s not even funny. I settled on calling it ‘The Original Mr. Printer’ and even had a photograph of my grandfather in a sexy pose,but then I chucked that idea. Now,I have come up with,Pavlo the Parsi Pornstar. It’s just a random title cause the album is not really about what it is called,it is about my music and my journey of finding my music,” says Printer.

Ready to launch a jam room-cum-live recording studio in Mumbai next month,Printer is keen on providing indie bands and solo artistes a venue to perform on a regular basis.

First published on: 27-03-2013 at 03:13:56 am
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