Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive?

Sameer Gadhia: Performing. It is the place I feel most natural, most at one with myself and my intentions. I am usually not thinking of anything else, and if I do, I imagine it floating away right past me.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

SG: Sharing art. Sharing a piece of you that cannot be objectified, that is so truly you. It is scary releasing new music to the public, because as soon as you do, it becomes a shared receptacle to which others can attach their own opinion and meaning. What makes it scary is also what makes it worth doing.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

SG: Let’s find a way to love each other. Seriously, it can’t be that hard. We can even be analytical about it, and work on a cost analysis model. We just need to find something that everyone believes in, that everyone realizes is greater than all of us and our human history combined.

Perhaps it is the universal quest for understanding. I guess that is pretty hard.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

SG: I worry myself sick about it, and then I either get on the mat, or get on my bike, and just stop thinking. Sometimes it is hard to let go, and in this modern age, letting go is considered a sign of coldness and a weak mind, but I think it is the exact opposite.

MP: Tell me about your latest project.

SG: Our second album, Mind Over Matter, tackles actually a lot of what this interview is about. Where does the mind and the body begin and end, where is the first point of contact; is there something to be learned by it? The album broods on the idea of self-destruction, and how there are very few things that will destroy you other than yourself and your will. Obstacles become monsters in your head; evil horrible creatures. Obstacles are sometimes good things. Sometimes they just ARE – not characterized as good or bad, but just as things like ancient mossy rocks that are a part of the human experience. Can we disconnect with our human understanding of the world, and just have an understanding of it? Or are we chained and limited by this one body, this one mind? Can we combine it all? Is there Universal Truth, Knowledge, Love, Understanding? Is what unites us precisely what none of us knows – maybe even just the idea of us not knowing it?

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

SG: I try and get on my yoga mat at least three times a week, and if I don’t, things start to unravel. I admire routine and ritual, but I am not inherently good at keeping a schedule. I eat at different times every day, I wake up at different times, I change my mind about things I was so sure of the day before. Perhaps I am too passionate, too willing to bend the rules in the name of fun, or to pass the time, or who knows what? Being on stage is truly what puts it all into perspective, and after I get on stage, I take a moment to reflect, and I am set for another 24 hours.

MP: What’s been one of you biggest lessons so far in your life?

SG: That there is no ONE right way, no ONE sure-fire path to success, and that it is usually the path itself that should be most cherished.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

SG: I think, you think, we think.

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