IMEA award winner James Basnet is back again. His new album ‘Refresh’ is going to release on 20th August. This talented musician from Nagaland opens up about his new album and how it is going to be different from his earlier work –
You are going to release Refresh soon. How does it feel?
It’s exhilarating. I am so happy about this new album. It’s everything that I hoped it would be.
What will ‘Refresh’ be about?
You know how sometimes, you load a page online and it gets stuck, and you click on the refresh button and it’s all clear. Well, sometimes in life also, we feel stuck and we need a refresh button to clear our head. This album is exactly that. You’re going to be revived and refreshed, listening to the songs.
How will it differ from your earlier work?
Musically, this time, the songs are more upbeat and the tunes will get you up and dancing. The lyrics, as always, are aimed to encourage and uplift your spirit. This time round, I think I had more freedom with the music and together with great musicians, we have mixed great music with simple and honest lyrics to bring you a one-of-a-kind album.
How long did you work on the album?
I have been working on this album for the past two years and it has been tough at times, but completely worth it.
How is the market for gospel music in India?
It’s not as big as the secular market, but I think it’s getting better now with people being more open to give gospel music a try. Now, my music will be available on Hungama, Artist Aloud, Itunes India and international, mix radio, Vodafone rupee 1 store, Wynk music app and Guevara music app. So, I guess the scene is getting better.
What are your fondest musical memories?
When I think of my musical journey so far, nothing can beat the feeling of winning the IMEA award for ‘Brand New Day’ in Kentucky, USA. Also, seeing my name together with artists like Chris Tomlin, Hillsong musicians, Taylor Swift, Adele, etc in the ballot of the 58th Grammy Awards was kind of a huge satisfaction. It still feels like a dream. I am just really thankful to God for bringing me so far.
As for the ‘Refresh’ journey, my band and I have had some fun memories in the studio, but I think it was a great feeling when we finally finished with the mixing, mastering and we all put our arms up and shouted ‘YEAH!’ in unison. I am blessed to work with a wonderful team, they are really a class apart.
Did you know?
Two songs from his new album have been nominated at the IMEA (International Music and Entertainment Association) Awards in the US.