Indian-born Bhasker, who grew up in New Mexico, said he decided in high school that he was going to pursue music professionally, though his family was full of doctors and was unsure about his choice. Bhasker says he — and his relatives — are happy he chose a musical route, and he'll get to show even more of himself when he releases his solo debut, ‘‘Born on the 4th of July,’’ this year. He performs under the moniker Billy Kraven and says the album’s theme is about soldiers, ‘‘what they have to face when they go to war and the concept of death.’’
‘‘I really got sick of writing songs about love and girls, which is the great basis of it, but something in me wanted to write what was going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, and if anything, just to have a conversation about it,’’ explained Bhasker, who said he drew inspiration from listening to NPR and watching the HBO series ‘‘Generation Kill.’’
‘‘In the past in rock ‘n’ roll and pop music, it was more common to address social issues and bring people together,’’ he added.
He says he'll likely release the album independently and that he’s already started work on a second album. He could even call in some of his famous friends for assistance — or not.
‘‘I do have Nate on one song and Bruno singing background in a very subtle way,’’ he said. ‘‘But I think I'm just going to keep it pure.’’
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