An Interview With Deep Phoenix And The Mysteries Of Freestyle Guitar

Written by Guncha Khanna

‘’Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Everyone loves music. But there are some forms of music that people don’t quite focus on. Among thousands of people that don’t, here we have Deep Phoenix, an amateur guitarist from Calcutta focusing on unconventional styles of playing who is definitely keeping the fingerstyle guitar legacy alive. His first album ‘The Infinite Monkey Theorem’ released on 16 December 2012. He is an avid performer and a notable one in the city of joy!

Our team fortunately had the honor to interview him just as he was about to perform at a gig. Here is the exclusive interview :

  1. Tell us a little a little about yourself.

I’m an amateur guitar player in Calcutta. I just graduated college and I’m focusing on freelance work right now.

  1. How did the idea of freestyle guitar come into your mind? Who has been the inspiration?

It wasn’t like I wanted to do this. I’ve only ever been to one proper guitar teacher, Soumik Roy from Yonsample. So when I got into fingerstyle guitar, he introduced me to Andy Mckee. That’s how I started. Can’t really say any one person has been the inspiration behind it though.

  1. So, you upload videos on YouTube. How is YouTube as a platform for fresh musicians?

Oh well there’s hardly anything I can say that hasn’t already been said here. YouTube is the place to do anything right now. I mean you can learn everything from music, to cooking off of YouTube.

  1. We all love your compositions and my personal favorite has to be “Things will get better”, what is the background story to it?

Well I think it was the first piece I wrote where I was entirely honest. Before then, I used to focus on the techniques more than the music.

And for the background story, it’s just something I thoroughly believe in.

  1. Are you planning to devote your time entirely to music now? And where do you see yourself in another 5 years?

Haha, yes. I have a few jobs right now so I think I’ll stick to music for a while. As for where I see myself, that’s impossible to say for sure.

  1. When did you start playing guitar and do you play any other instruments?

I don’t quite remember exactly when I started playing. I used to learn piano as a child. I did my graded exams for piano till class 11. That’s when I took up guitar seriously. But I don’t think I can play the piano. I mean I can barely play the guitar I think.

  1. What steps do you want to take further for your growth in music?

Im so lazy I don’t practice 25 hours a day. I think, I just try and listen to whatever I find interesting and try and steal whatever tricks I can from the people around me. There are incredible musicians all around in Calcutta. No dearth of teachers or crippling self doubt.

  1. How has music changed your life?

Music hasn’t changed my life. It isn’t like some random hobby I picked up. Nor is it like the only think that matters. Its been there in some way for as long as I can remember.

  1. What is music to you? Keeping in mind  that our society often disregards it as a career or even a hobby for that matter. What are your thoughts on that?

I think that’s true for all art forms. I’m really no one to comment on the more general aspects at all because I have literally zero experience.

But yes, it’s been what two months since I finished college and that I chose not to go to a college in Bombay to pursue my masters, is taking people by surprise. Especially when the answer to the next question i.e- what are you doing?


Yeah I won’t say it’s easy. But i have a lot of support and I guess I’m better off than a lot of people.

  1. What is that one piece of advice that you would want to give who is just starting out with music?

I can’t really offer any advice I think.

Personally I just take it one step at a time. Keep my head down and do what makes me happy. That’s all.

dpDeep Phoenix performing at Char So Bees Rooftop Event in Calcutta

0000938123_10The Album Cover For ‘The Infinite Monkey Theorem’

Check out his album here –

We are glad that we had the opportunity to interview him and there is so much to learn from him. It is commendable as to how at such a young age he is so expressive and down to earth.

Few of his songs –

1. Things will get better

2. Feluda Falling In Love

3. The Proposal


About the author

Guncha Khanna

Currently studying English literature at KMC,University of Delhi. Reading, writing and painting give me immense pleasure. And I hope to make people think, laugh and enjoy with my writing skills. Happy reading!

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