Exclusive interview with Prithpal from Asian Dub Foundation & Ministry of Dhol (MOD)
Q. Now, most of us know that you’re a member of the smashing and unique group, Asian Dub Foundation; we also know that your real name is Prithpal, but what I want to know is where the band name ‘Cyber’ came from?
A. WOW, now that’s a good question. When I started with Asian Dub Foundation in the later part of 1999, tabla and dhol were new live elements to the band. I remember once in rehearsal we were talking about experimenting with the sound of the tabla by putting them though effects pedals and so forth. Dr Das, our former bass player and one of the original band members came out with the line ‘cyber tabla’ because all this talk about manipulating the sound of the ethnic instruments took all our minds into outer space. Hence the name ‘Cyber’. And to further endorse the name, one of my fans and good friend from Czech Republic designed a t-shirt for me with the following design :
So I adopted the name Cyber!
Here’s another design by a fan from India from when we toured there in December 2010:
Q. I know Asian Dub Foundation has been keeping busy with gigs and making music and not to mention their THIRD WORLD TOUR! Am I right in thinking that you’ll be touring in the UK? If so, where and when can we find you performing?
A. Surprisingly we don’t really do many gigs in the UK. We’ve done a handful this year……… Brighton Festival, Glastonbury, Bestival, Larmer Tree Festival and a couple at the start of the year.
I guess the best way to know when and where we’re performing in the UK would be to keep checking the website www.asiandubfoundation.com or better still keep checking the facebook page.
Q. Asian Dub Foundation has quite a unique sound, incorporating all sorts of music genres and instruments. What kind of responses do you get from your Non-Asian audiences when touring in different countries?
Well, the majority of our crowd has always been non asian. Our music is very much ‘in your face’. Punk – rock – drum & bass – dub reggae – dub step, all with a slight live ethnic twist. Our vocals are in English and we sing about current issues in the world …….. Conscious lyrics.
Lyrically, a lot of people can appreciate what message we’re putting across because a lot of people all over the world can relate to them in some way or another.
Musically, because the music is hard hitting and powerful, people can’t help but dance or make some sort of movement wherever they are and feeling happy and energised.
So I think ADF have the perfect package when delivering to our audience.
We’ve been to some countries where although the people would have heard something similar to our music, they wouldn’t have been exposed to my instruments. Then when they hear these instruments within a western setting they get overwhelmed. People are totally blown away when I start pounding my drums.
So as an answer to your question……. Our audiences give us a happy vibe because they love what we do, and in return we absorb that vibe and turn it into energy….. and chuck it back out to them.