Popularly known as ‘Lezz’ in the industry, Lesle Lewis is one of the very first Indian composers to have introduced the Indian audiences to Rock and Pop music. Lesle’s creative side comes as an inherited value from his father, P L Raj, noted choreographer from the film industry.
As a child, Lesle was greatly influenced by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and with further working on his musical capabilities bagged the opportunity of recording with renowned music directors such as Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, Viju Shah, Vanraj Bhatia, Khayam, Anu Malik and Louis Banks.
These are the excerpts from our conversation with him:
Q: What does paddy fields symbolise?
Lesle: Its all about the feeling. When it comes to Paddy fields, I thought people haven't experienced that kind of music in Bombay. I came on both days even though I performed only on one, just to experience it because Bombay hasn't experienced that kind of a live experience. I don’t know if you have heard this album by Jimi Hendrix called are you experienced because you haven't experienced it unless you have experienced it. That’s why I feel that you have to experience Paddy Fields festival and this folk fusion music, it’s going to be awesome.
Q: How will folk music evolve in India?
Lesle: I think Indian folk music is different from any folk music in the world. What is Blues? It is folk music! Its just an Americanised version of Soul, which came from the slaves which were brought to America. It’s the same thing with folk which has come into the 2017 arena so we better do something about it. That doesn’t mean original folk is gone, its great, if you hear the old blues guys. They sound classic but then you have new blues with electric guitar and drums. The playing styles have changed but it is still fundamentally the same. The same thing you will hear in this track I have created. It has a completely different beat but it’s the same song underneath. That is what is going to be evolving and that’s what it think it’s all about in 2017.