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March 13, 2013

Soul Stirrer

Text by Neha Gupta. Photograph by Poulomi Dey.

After sharing stage space with Lionel Richie and Benjamin Stanford, Rhys Sebastian, who is part of the band, Sax On Toast, is poised to leave deeper prints on musical pages

In 2010, Rhys Sebastian shared stage space with Lionel Richie for the IPL opening ceremony. A step closer to fame was with beatboxer, Benjamin Stanford, Dub Effects. “I had absolutely no clue how big he was. It was a good thing I suppose because I met him without feeling revered. Playing with him was amazing!”

At the moment this saxophone player is part of a band called Sax On Toast with five other musicians. Together they’re working on a few original tracks and recording covers to add to the list. Rhys wants to cut an album of his own. The confession found him guilty of putting this on the back burner. “It’s a journey and you either push yourself into it or you get pushed into it. I need the pushing.” The saxophonist has also earmarked learning the trumpet, bass guitar, and perhaps be an all-round musician someday.

Both his parents are musicians, offspring of musically talented fathers. “I’m very grateful for the musical journey I have had as a kid.” Rhys doesn’t look at his life as a challenge. He sees it as annexing plush possibilities.

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