Monday, June 11, 2018

#BassMondays - Watashi (Interview + Dubplate 028)

He discovered Prodigy when he was 15, only to get hooked on to DnB and Neuro funk after a few years. A sound engineer by profession, he moved to Bangalore about six years ago and somehow got a little more involved with the nightlife and the music scene. Only for good, because now he is a name you now often see when we talk about bass nights in the city. From Dubstep to Metal to Chillstep, and now Drum and Bass, he has managed to tap into an array of genres when it comes to production. For our 28th Dubplate, we have our very-soft-spoken [contrary to his music] friend, Yogesh who goes by the stage name 'Watashi'. Know him a little more as you read this quick chat we had with him, and don't forget to press play and listen to this beast of a set that he has put together exclusively for us.



1. How did the ‘Watashi’ project come about?
A - I’ve been producing music for quite a few years and have gone through a lot of different monikers, Watashi being the last. I guess it all happened about two years back when I started playing live sets and taking music more seriously. Before that there was a lot of chaotic music and confusion regarding my sound and where I wanted to take my music. A different artist name each month, haha. It also marked my switch from producing mainly dubstep, at that time, to DnB.


2. How did your move from Delhi to Bangalore help in your journey as a Drum & Bass DJ and producer? Was the move also made with your career as an artist in mind?
A -  I moved to Bangalore about 5-6 years back to work as a sound engineer at a recording studio. And I’ve been extremely lucky to have met amazing people from day one. My colleague at the studio at that time played for a bunch of metal bands and through him I met so many other musicians, started attending a lot of gigs, both metal and electronic music, figured out how live music works and tried to incorporate some of it into my music. Whereas in Delhi, I had no avenues or prospects to be a part of the music scene. It was not so much the city as it was my mindset at that time, I was pretty anti-social. Bangalore has changed me for better. At that time, I made the move considering career as a sound engineering and a producer, not as a performing artist, but I’m happy the way things turned out.


3. How did you get into Drum & Bass?
A -  I’d say the my earliest introduction to aggressive dance music would be “The Prodigy”. Back when I was 15, my sister bought me their album “The Fat of the Land” and I was hooked. DnB and Neurofunk in its actual form happened much later, around 2008. Funny thing, it wasn’t a Dnb tune that introduced me to the genre. I think it was the Noisia song “Machine- gun” remixed by 16-bit. That song just blew my mind. The things these guys were doing with software-synths was mind boggling. Even though it was a dubstep song, it made me discover Noisia and other similar artists.


4. How would you like to describe your style?
A - I try to produce aggressive music that people can dance/mosh to. I’m generally a very calm person, I have to vent out the aggression in some way.
   So I try to channel it in the music. I don’t think that’s ever going to change. But, I’m always open to other styles and genres of music as well.


 5. What are your thoughts on Drum & bass’ progression in India? How do you see the scene shaping up?
A -  It’s still in its infancy when we compare it to the scene in, let’s say in UK, isn’t it? I do feel that people can connect easily to the genre because it’s catchy and funky. There’s a bit of something for everyone to relate to, it’s just the initiation process that’s hard. It’s definitely the kind of music you grow into.
    In Bangalore we do have a crowd of 50-60 people who really dig it, I’m not so well informed about other cities. When you talk passionately to people about the little nuances and elements of DnB, I’ve witnessed that they do notice and are fascinated by it, and that’s one of my favourite things to do.
    I, also, do feel that music scenes develop when people start producing music, adding their own style and twist to it. That’s how you influence the younger generation to pick it up. That’s what House and Techno are like in Bangalore, isn’t it? A community of DJs and producers. We need the same.


6. We are really digging the vibe of your recent productions and they seem to be on the grittier side of Drum & Bass. Do you see yourself producing some Liquid numbers in the future?
A - Sure, why not. In fact, I’m actually working on a few liquid DnB tunes. I’m getting old and mellowing down. Watching other artists go about their set and noticing what works, these things influence me a lot, this includes all the artists that I’ve played with. But at the end of the day, I love distortion and gritty tunes. Haha. It’s something that I’m comfortable with, although, a lot of work needs to be done in polishing my production skills, I mean, DnB is one of the most complex forms of electronic music, I gotta work a lot to reach the standards that I eventually want for my music.


7. How do you go about your sets? Is Neurofunk your stand out genre or how do you like to experiment?
A -  Yeah, Neurofunk is definitely my stand out genre but I am delving into other genres of bass music as well. I’ve produced a footwork track which will have a release soon, and a bunch of dubstep tunes. Lately, I’ve been really digging half-time as well, it’s a perfect mix of DnB and hip-hop, I feel. Ivy Lab is killing it at the moment.


8. Five tunes you are digging at the moment?
A -   Mefjus - Sinkhole
    Ivy Lab - Jet Lag
    Fre4knc - Crustacean
    Stoner & Dottor Poison - Planet War
    Monty - Sleepless


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Dubplate #028 - WATASHI
  

Tracklist

1. Watashi & Sepoys - ID
2. Monty - Hypnotize [1985 Music]
3. Friction, Jakes, Fourward - Battle Scars (Alix Perez Remix) [Shogun Audio]
4. L33 - Teknology [Rise Audio]
5. Detail - Human Trust [Horizons Music]
6. Mefjus, InsideInfo - Repentance [Critical Music]
7. Halogenix - Maniac [Critical Music]
8. Enei - Cracker VIP (Feat. Eastcolours & Noel [Critical Music]
9. Emperor - Precursor (Mefjus Remix) [Critical Music]
10. Rawtekk - Photone Recruits [Hospital Records]
11. Watashi - ID
12. Signal - String Theory [Critical Music]
13. Mefjus & Bowsar - Primal Instinct (Feat. Maksim)
14. Cruk - Shalebridge Cradle [Dispatch Recordings]
15. Circuits - Drench [Critical Music]
16. Shyun - Pinball [Critical Music]
17. Hybris - Beetle Bag [Pseudoscience Recordings]
18. Mefjus - Sinkhole [Vision Recordings]
19. Cruk - Cold Top [Critical Music]
20. QZB - Nobunaga [Critical Music]
21. Fre4knc - Red Shadow [Invisible]
22. Kiril - Fenix [Invisible]
23. Shyun - Digital Circus [Critical Music]
24. Culprate - Fester [Open Outlets]
25. Synergy - Dark Machine [Eatbrain]
26. Klax, Kyrist - Regulus [Critical Music]
27. Fre4knc - Crustacean [Invisible]
28. Instinkt, Humanon - Mindbender [C4C Limited]
29. Synergy - Process [Eatbrain]
30. L33 - Drop It Down Low (Joe Ford Remix) [Eatbrain]
31. Mefjus - Continuous [Critical Music]
32. EiZO - Issues [Hyperactivity Music]
33. Break - All That’s Left [Symmetry Recordings]
34. Hybris - Garbage Truck (Misanthrop Remix) [Invisible]
35. Emperor - Monolith VIP [Critical Presents : Modulations]
36. Enei - Two Faced [Critical Music]
37. Emperor - Foxholes [Critical Music]
38. Moscow Death Brigade - Boltcutter [Rebel Sound Records]
39. Watashi - Marauder [Unreleased]

3 comments:

  1. His music is aamazing.. i have attended his gigs for close to 6times now... He makes the public grove to his music.. the one with a collaboration with Netsky was too good! Attended tbe recent one where he played with Denoy was a good one too! And yes.. at the end we all wait for Watashi to play and njoy more of his music to our ears!! DNB rocks😎😎

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  2. Such Awesome information.. a glimpse into the mind of a rather subtle avatared BEAST of a producer. There is so much more to come forth as im sure we havent even scratched the surface when it comes to Watashi and all that he has to offer to the DnB community.

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