Here’s an excerpt:
IRT: I hear a lot of Jeff Buckley in your music. How did you discover his music?
Pheroze: Thanks. Jeff Buckley is definitely an influence of mine. It always seemed that his voice was on the edge of breaking, like at any minute he could totally lose control over it. I love that in a musician. The summer, before I moved to New York, I took a few classes at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. One day when I went into class, my teacher told us that Jeff Buckley’s body had just been found in the Mississippi river. I had never heard his music before then, but I saw the album Grace in a used CD store a few days later and picked it up. Because I’m lazy it took me four years to get around to listening to it, but as soon as I put it on I was mesmerized! Unfortunately I never had a chance to see him play. At least not physically. In spirit, I think I see him play all the time.
IRT: Being of the same denomination as Freddie Mercury, I am sure you are a fan of Queen. Do you have a favorite album of theirs? Which one is it and why?
Pheroze: Oh man. Would it be truly awful to say that I like their Greatest Hits CD’s the best? Yeah it would. So I won’t say that!…
IRT: On your album, you incorporate a few instruments native to your Indo/Persian heritage. How did you choose which instruments to use and the way in which you use them on Driftwood?
Pheroze: Growing up, I spent a lot of time in India and was surrounded by all sorts of Eastern styles of music. My ears are used to hearing the quartertones used in the Indian tonal system and it affected my natural voicing early on. So it’s ingrained in me. I had a lot of different Indian percussion lying around so if it made sense to use a certain instrument within a song then I put it to use, not always in the most traditional of ways…