Monday, November 11, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 044 | Ransom David

November Dubplate features one of our city boys - Ransom David. From being forced into taking piano classes as a kid, to exploring & producing a wide array of genres, while also being equally great behind the console; he has come a long way. Over a span of about a year, he has done a few experimental singles, apart from an EP he launched in March, this year. 

Read on, but only after you've hit play for this groovy mix he has put together. Also, don't forget to support, share and show some love.

1. Tell us about how and when you started your journey of music [DJing/Production] as ‘Ransom David’?
A - At the age of 9, my mom forced me to take piano classes and sing in church. At first, I wasn't really into it. But over the years it grew on me. Back in 2012, I was introduced to this DAW called FL Studio. I started learning and producing Orchestral music. I thought I would grow up and compose music for Hollywood movies like Hans Zimmer. I released a five-track Orchestral EP, which did pretty good on YouTube. Eventually, I gave up on that and took a long break to complete my education. In 2017, I decided to give electronic music a shot. Since then, I've never stopped.

2. You like to experiment with Dubstep, Drum & Bass and Electronica in general, how has your taste evolved over the years since you started?
A - My taste in music has not changed a lot. I've always been a massive fan of Dubstep and Drum & Bass. Even while I was producing Orchestral music, I was listening to Skrillex, Virtual Riot, Delta Heavy, Dirtyphonics and many more. I'm fascinated by the amount of work that goes into designing these weird bass sounds. So, I try to infuse both of these genres in my productions to create unique and heavier tracks.

3. You’ve produced a few singles in the past and also did an EP this year, tell us more about these?
A -  Well, these tracks are pretty much experimental. This was the first time I tried producing Dubstep and Hybrid Trap. I know it's not the best, but I released it anyway. I just wanted to have the feeling that I can produce these genres and motivate myself to improve.

| Listen to the tunes here |

4. Tell us a little about ‘Screech’, the group/collective that you co-run here in Bangalore.
A - Screech is a bass event that I and two other friends started this year. This is something we wanted to do for the bass culture. As we all know, Bangalore's bass music scene is really weak compared to other states in India. So, we took this initiative to start hosting our gigs which are solely meant for Dubstep and Drum & Bass.

5. What is your opinion on the bass music scene in Bangalore/India?
A - Compared to the last 5 years, I think the bass music scene is gradually improving in Bangalore. There is more young audience who listens to Dubstep and Drum & Bass. I think if we produce good content and keep pushing these genres, I'm sure more people would come to the gigs and support artists and the scene.

6. What's next for you, in terms of gigs and music production? How’s 2020 looking?
A - I'm currently working on a Drum & Bass EP. I'm so excited to release it next year, this is the best work I've ever done! 
Speaking of gigs, it's really hard to host one or to get one at the moment. Haha! I hope the situations in Bangalore change soon.  I will be doing a few gigs by the end of this year, probably.

7. 5 tunes you are digging at the moment?
A - Sub Focus - Siren
Bredren - Inferno
A.M.C - Nitro
Reid Speed - Gwaan
Crash Comet - Save Me

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Dubplate #044 - RANSOM DAVID


 1] Nemy - No More [SkankandBass]
2] Invadhertz - If you [SkankandBass]
3] Anile - Allergens (Bop Remix) [Hospital Records]
4] Monty - Decisions [1985 Music]
5] Confusious - Smoking Aces [SkankandBass]
6] Missin - Flux Quality [Vandal Records]
7] Bredren - Swayed [1985 Music]
8] Circuits - Microdose [Critical]
9] Nymfo - Count Em Off [Vandal Records]
10] Monty - Legion [1985 Music]
11] Hyroglifics & Visages - Searching [1985 Music]
12] Hybris - Timeloop (Original) [Invisible]
13] Gerra & Stone - The Curve [Vandal Records]
14] Bou & Unglued - Ascendant Man [Hospital Records]
15] Was A Be & Synth Ethics - Roughmouth [Vandal Records]
16] Survey - First Encounter (Original) [Invisible]
17] Scepticz & Lavance - Flatline [1985 Music]
18] Monty - Spatia [1985 Music]
19] Submarine - Grunge [1985 Music]
20] Fracture feat. Alix Perez - Realise [1985 Music]
21] DJ Limited & Sub Zero - Can't Go to Sleep [Playaz Recordings]
22] Arkaik - Severance [Vandal Records]
23] HLZ - Hyperion [Metalheadz]
24] Operate - Chambers [SkankandBass]
25] Jack Mirror - Assimilate [Viper Recordings]
26] Bredren feat. T-Man - Inferno [1985 Music]
27] Break & Total Science - Dog's Dinner [Symmetry Recordings]
28] Des McMahon - Tipping Point [Trendkill Records]
29] Reid Speed - Gwaan [Viper Recordings]

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Drum and Bass India X Boxout Wednesdays | Staple tunes [October 2019]

We're back in Delhi tomorrow, with 'Boxout Wednesdays' 131. The last time was nothing less than a absolute banger of a night, and this time we've a whole new line up, including our very own 'The Untitled One', along with DJ Uri, Paper Queen and Rewind Selecta. And to prep you for the same, we've updated our Spotify playlist with the favorite tunes by these artists.

Event details here.

Monday, October 7, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 043 | Ravana

Our October Dubplate feature, we have 'Ravana', an artist whose music is synonymous with infusing traditional Indian music with his production styles in the most intuitive manner. DJing since 2002, he has released 25 albums in the last few years. That's something, isn't it?Read on to know more about him, after you press play to this funky mix he has put together for us and our audience, you guys. Check it all out.

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1. You had previously mentioned that you were a part of a band, Kali Death and eventually Drum & Bass became your go-to genre. Can you tell us more about the transformation from the old skool styles that you explored, to Drum & Bass?
A - 1. No, I had mentioned that we had a hypothetical/imaginary band called Kali Death. And us teenage boys used to shadow practice and do mock concerts with the music playing in the background. This was the time when I was devoted to Heavy Metal music.

But even in those times I got to listen to The Prodigy and got instantly hooked onto the breaks present in them. In the meanwhile I also liked listening to, Rage Against The Machine, Biohazard and Dr. Dre and ofcourse Enigma and them bests, ufffff, which kind of helped me in my transformation from metal music to Electronica.

Sometime in 2000 I was introduced to the sound of Aphrodite (dnb) and I also had a job with a corporate and super fast internet connection to explore my wits end.

And through internet my full transformation happened from a metalhead to an electronic buff, especially drum n bass. 

2. What's your opinion on the different styles of Drum & Bass that have evolved in the last few years?
A - To be frank I have lost connection with what has happened as far as Drum & Bass music is concerned after 2005 and that is the reason all my dnb mixes and shows still contains artists and/tracks from those times. I think my last new genre that evolved from dnb was trance & bass. I m still a lover of that raw sound which used to be prevalent in the old skool dnb of Ray Keith, Aphrodite, MC Det, Congo Natty, Mickey Finn to Bad Company, Ed Rush & Optical, Decoder, Tech Itch and Roni Size.

3. You had also mentioned about your own style of productions in your previous interview with us. We never got a chance to ask you about how you like to go about your projects?
A -  Since my days from a dnb DJ I have also moved on to become a total DUB producer, concentrating on the Politics of India and the mismanagement of Power abuse by the Elite and Powerful. Anything that goes around in the country which has had a tragic effect and created huge ripples in the lives of the common citizens will have their voice in the form of bass heavy and content driven music through my aliases RAVANA and recently evolved DRAAMA.

4. Lately, More and more artists are taking inspiration from the signature jungle undertones and they're producing groundbreaking music. What's your take on how the scene is bubbling at the moment?
A - Yes, in the last 2 decades the growth in technology has made a lot of non players, people who like to make music but are not capable of playing any instruments (people like me) a chance to explore sounds and produce music. Not only Jungle, majority of the sounds that we hear or produce has got its roots in Africa or the people who belong to that diaspora and the scene is exploding like never before.

5. Five tunes you are digging at the moment?
A - Uffff, there are too many tracks that I'm digging these days, especially desi rap tracks. 






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Dubplate #043 - RAVANA


 1] Natural Born Chillers – Rock The Funky Beats (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 2] Natural Born Chillers – Rock The Funky Beats (Remix) Urban Takeover 3] Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass (Remix) Urban Takeover 4] Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 5] 2Vibe & Eps - Hype The Funk (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 6] Aphrodite & Micky Finn - Drop Top Caddy (Original Mix) Urban Takeover 7] Lemon D - Urban Style Music (Hidden Agenda Remix) Metalheadz 8] DJ Hype - Ready or Not (jungle remix) EMI Music 9] Aphrodite - Style From The Darkside Aphrodite Recordings 10] DJ SS - The Lighter (Original Mix) Ministry Of Sound 11] DJ SS - Sound Of The Future (V.I.P. Mix) Formation Recs. 12] Adam F Feat. LL Cool J - The Greatest Of All Time' (Ray Keith VIP Remix) System Recordings 13] Amit – Swastika Commercial Suicide 14] Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - Alien Girl Prototype Recordings 15] Hive - Ultrasonic Sound (Dillinja Remix) Vortex Records 16] Ice Minus – Clones Tech Itch Recordings

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Gasherbrum Project - Align [Sepoys DnB Reshape] | DnB India Premieres [India]

Formed in 2018, Antariksh Records is a Delhi based label focusing on the underground realms of electronic dance music in India. Since their inception, the label has been successfully dishing out quality releases from artists in the South Asian subcontinent. No genres barred is the label’s mantra and they have established their ethos by offering the masses quality underground sounds irrespective of the genre.

Sticking to the label’s values, Antariksh Records has stepped into the Drum & Bass world and they have done it in style. “The Gasherbrum Project” is a sample-based breaks and techno jazz initiative from New Delhi. The first instalment of the project featured two delicious groovy cuts; Align and Fursat, which revolves around the universe of breaks infused with thrilling vocal samples each setting a different mood.

For the project’s remix compilation, we are stoked to feature a rework of Align by Rohit Tandon aka Sepoys; an Indian talent based in Vancouver; who has employed his signature intricate touch to “Align”. Sepoys’ Drum & Bass reshape of the track is an immersive deep-stepper with snappy breakbeats and a scorching mid-bass. Loaded with sophisticated rhythms and intricate drum patterns, Align’s Drum & Bass reshape is Sepoys’ best work till date.

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* Releases on 22nd September 2019.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

1985 Music return with the second installment of their 'Folio' series featuring Alix Perez, Hyroglifics and many more.

Since making their debut in 2016, Alix Perez’s 1985 Music Imprint has taken the Drum & Bass world by storm. Since their first release with DRS and Spectrasoul, the label has built their own brand of Drum & Bass which is heavily influenced by Alix Perez’s adventures in a variety of genres and the label has been successful in promoting all things Drum & Bass and everything in between.

Releases from the likes of Eprom, Fracture, and Alix Perez himself for himself for his Shades alias with Eprom are a testament to the label’s penchant for venturing into different genres of bass music.

Along with releasing groundbreaking music from the finest by the finest Drum & Bass artists, the label has also thrived on releasing diverse compilations from the artists on their roster and they have been very successful in delivering cutting edge music in all the compilations released until now.

The label released Folio 1 back in 2017, which included tunes from the likes of Halogenix, Monty, Submarine and the head honcho himself. 1985 Music has returned with their second installment of the ‘Folio’ Series and this time they have done a one up on their previous edition.

‘Folio 2’ is another full throttle Drum & Bass compilation featuring tunes from label regulars like Submarine, Hyroglifics, Visages, Scepticz and Lavance. First track ‘White Lies’ by Alix Perez is signature Mr. Perez featuring minimal territories of Drum & Bass with haunting basslines. ‘Grunge’ by Submarine is another rumbling low-end blooter aimed at the dance floor. Scepticz and Lavance have returned to the label with ‘Flatline’ which is a hefty industrial roller filled with clacking rhythms dextrously rippling over beams of aggressive dark side bass. ‘Searching’ by Hyroglifics and Visages is the signature sound the label has been championing since their inception; rolling, sleek and cutting edge.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Chase & Status deliver a skull shattering remix of Original Nuttah for its 25th anniversary.

If there is one word to describe Chase & Status right now, it would be, Relentless. The London based trio have been on a complete rampage in 2019. Releasing their groundbreaking RTRN II JUNGLE album which is arguably the best album of 2019 and touring the globe in the process, there is no stopping these guys at the moment.

Never in the entire history of Drum and Bass and Jungle music, there was an album which was anticipated and hyped like RTRN II JUNGLE and boy did they deliver. The album is Chase & Status’ own take on the Iconic UK genre that is Jungle music and every tune from the album knocks you in the head.

Just when we thought it was over, the trio have dropped another bomb on us and this time, they have remixed the genre’s most iconic tune ever. Original Nuttah is a bonafide Jungle classic and no other act until now had dared to remix the tune because of the tune’s stature in the scene. But for an act who have transcended Drum & Bass like no other artist and the act who have turned more people on to Drum & Bass than any other act out there worldwide, we knew that the outcome was going to be colossal.

The original as we know is an absolute scorcher and to celebrate the tune’s 25th anniversary, Chase & Status featuring Irah, have delivered a rework of the original which will definitely, as some guy once said, turn Hare Krishna into a bad boy. :P

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lynch Kinglsey returns to Rua Sound's sub-label, Foxy Jangle for two Jazz-influenced Jungle numbers.

Hailing from Rome, Lynch Kingsley is a Jungle/Drum & Bass producer who is known for his intricate take on his music. Since making his debut in 2013, Lynch Kingsley has produced his music with a sense of emotion coupled with his signature rustic and intimate style of Drum & Bass. His music surrounds the drum & bass palette, but incorporates an extremely wide array of musical influences, such as the more experimental fringes of rock, metal, folk and exotic ethnic music.
Lynch Kingsley has released several EPs presenting his unique sounds on labels like Alphacut, Flexout Audio, Inperspective Records, The Dreamers and Beat Machine Records and his music has been championed by the likes of Doc Scott, Noisia, London Elektricity, Fracture, Chimpo, Om Unit and many more.
Having released his music on Rua Sound for his ‘Echosystem’ EP, the experimental producer has returned to Rua Sound’s sub-label, Foxy Jangle for two more intricate Jungle numbers. First tune, "Astral Pulse" takes us on a journey with those subtle sax tones, shimmering keys and ghostly reverse vocals.

While, ‘Capricorn’, fires all cylinders right from the word go for one of the most startlingly rude amen-jungle compositions.

Monday, August 12, 2019

#DnBIndiaDubplate 042 | Ankan Chowdhury

For our August Dubplate feature, we have this terrific producer-DJ from Pune, Ankan Chowdhury. Co-running 'SoundsForTheSubs', he has been pushing this sound for a while, apart from also working in design/art. With an EP and a short film in the pipeline, Ankan has a lot going on at the moment. We had a quick conversation with him, read on to know more about this young talent, and press play to this outstanding mix he has put together for us and our audience, you guys. Check it all out.

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1. For the guys who are new to Ankan Chowdhury, tell us something about yourself!
A - Hey guys! My name is Ankan Chowdhury, I am a beat maker/producer based out of Pune, India. Apart from making music I love to work on films doing sound design and film scores, this is because of studying in a media & communication college and watching such a diverse range of films. Since my childhood, I've always been intrigued by music. I remember my first ever exposure to beats was when I got a tabla set at the age of 3 ½ years, and at the age of 9, I got a small synthesizer. I’m always listening to different kinds of music - so many different genres, and love to exchange songs with people, so if you ever recommend me a song, I really appreciate it. :)

2. You like to experiment with a lot of styles/genres, but what's Ankan's Forte?
A - I usually produce dubstep/drum&bass/jungle , and its mostly inclined towards tribal textures but I’m also experimenting with different kinds of sounds to give it a more organic touch using recorded samples from nature and other sounds created from recording samples from different objects, again over here it’s just experimenting with different kinds of objects making different kinds of sounds.

3. We're digging the recent mix you did for Samsara which had tons of unreleased gems from artists across the country. Tell a little more about it?
A -  I’m always checking out new music on different platforms but mostly on soundcloud for some reason even right now, spotify is also a great platform to explore new kinds of tunes with playlists updating every day. But yeah whenever I like track, I’m always checking out the profiles i.e the artists profile or the record label profile of that tune. I heard this track from Jonathan Thomas who is the co-head of Samsara Beats, then just started checking them out and heard so many insane production from different kinds of artists.

So when I was making the guest mix for them, I thought of playing some of my favourite tunes from homegrown artists and artists abroad - but kept it till the genre of footwork.

My main idea was to play some unreleased tunes mostly from homegrown artists which no one has ever heard before, to engage our people as well as putting ourselves out there. Whenever I’m making a guestmix, I’m always thinking of putting out music from homegrown artists :)

4. How did the idea of SoundsForTheSub come about and how you plan to take it forward?
A - SoundsForTheSub is a culture centre pushing forward underground bass music and sound system culture & bringing the bass community together from across the country. Our aim is to push music ranging from deep dubstep, dub, jungle, drum&bass, footwork, grime, etc. Our basic idea of forming this collective was to bring awareness to these genres and exploring more of its sub-genres, trying to get to know as many artists/people as we can.

At the start it was just about writing content & making blogs about recent bass music events happening around. But then later on we decided to make to make our own content with guestmixes from homegrown and international artists, hosting our own events and build a culture centre where we bring in artists across the country here in Pune for our SoundsForTheSub showcase/events.

5. What is your opinion on the bass music scene in Pune?
A - Pune bass music scene is growing gradually. I’ve been here in this city for like 4 years now and it has been a great experience for me witnessing some of the best acts from artists i’ve been looking upto and getting inspiration from when I had started listening to bass music and producing. There are not a lot of events happening where you can just go for the gig, only a few ones happen once in a while. But I’m really glad that these events are happening, especially when Krunk is getting down any acts. Otherwise I don’t see anyone else then them hosting any for now (i.e dubstep/drum&bass/jungle). My first ever bass music gig was Bass Camp Festival 2017 and I had witnessed such amazing sets from Om unit, Kutmah, EZ Riser, Midland Sparks & Nikki here in Pune.

6. What's next for Ankan Chowdhury?
A -  Currently I am working on a short film, will be doing the sound design/film score, we are right now in the pre-production stage. I'm also working on releasing an EP, but not very soon, most probably it will be experimental jungle/halftime.

7. 5 tunes you guys are digging at the moment?
A -  1] J Robinson - Congoman
2] The Untouchables - Baiana
3] Ego Death - Run It
4] Aztek - Ionized
5] TMSV - Fm Dream

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Dubplate #042 - ANKAN CHOWDHURY


 1] The Untouchables - Bushi Ronin [Samurai Music] 2] Shiken Hanzo – The Centipede [Independent Release – Centipede EP] 3] Overlook – Former Self [Osiris Music] 4] Outer Heaven – Still Waters [UVB-76] 5] Homemade Weapons – Tantrum ( Red Army Remix) [Weaponry] 6] Antagonist – Temporal [Independent Release] 7] Ahmad – Blackout [Repertoire] 8] Dreadmaul & Ahmad – Levitation [Paradise Lost Recordings] 9] Personnage – Burden [Independent Release] 10] Ankan Chowdhury – Tribe Wars VIP [Independent Release] 11] Ankan Chowdhury – Stranger Danger [Unreleased] 12] Mani Festo – Awake [Rupture] 13] K3Bee – Bristle [Next Phase Records] 14] Samurai Breaks – Tommy 2Fast [Halogen Music] 15] Yoofee – Clart [Through These Eyes] 16] Johney – Leave It [Samsara Beats] 17] Acid Lab – Retrograde [AGN7 Audio] 18] Jonathan Thomas & Tokyo Noir – Out 19] The Crow Knows – J Majik [Infrared Records] 20] Ricky Force – Plastic Mentality ft. Tamen [Repertoire] 21] Dub one – Brothers Unite [Foundation X] 22] Skanna – Find Me (MAC-Vs Tribute Remix) [Independent Release] 23] Nebula – Artcore [Scientific Wax] 24] Champa B – Movin [Scientific Wax]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Samurai Music announces a new Japanese drama-inspired series called Samurai Hannya.

Samurai Music is arguably one of the most important labels in the history of the genre. Since their launch in 2007, Samurai Music has consolidated its name as one of the most respected labels in Drum & Bass who are known for consistently delivering quality music with every release. 
Owned by DJ Presha, an acclaimed name in the scene, the New Zealander has always ensured that Samurai releases are distinctive for their high-quality artistic direction and highly collectable vinyl packages. The label historically, has always been careful with their approach in every release whether the artist is a newcomer or an established name. Samurai Music is responsible for giving the scene some seminal releases from the likes of Klute, Dub Phizix, Calibre, Tokyo Prose, State of Mind and many more.
Continuing their trend of pushing experimental Drum & Bass, the label has released a new series of 12"s called as Samurai Hannya. The series is based on the mythical masks of a Noh drama (a form of traditional Japanese theatre). Hannya masks capture the stages of transformation of a female character as she undergoes a metamorphosis into a demon/ogre.
The 12”s for the series are named after these 3 stages/masks and feature all new tracks from the Samurai Music roster created specifically for this project. The series also introduces a new Russian artist Roho with his tune “Totemz”, two collaborations from the label head honcho DJ Presha (with Homemade Weapons & Ancestral Voices) alongside label regulars Homemade Weapons, The Untouchables, Torn, Artilect, Last Life, Antagonist, and for the first time on Samurai Music, Weaponry artists Torana.

Listen to the series here : 


12” Tracklists 
Hannya White (Ghost) | 葵上 
01. The Untouchables - Bushi Ronin 
02. Ancestral Voices & Presha - Niflheim 
03. Last Life - Rotterdam 
04. Antagonist - Ministry 

Hannya Red (Snake) | 道成寺 
01. Artilect - A Message 
02. Presha & Homemade Weapons - The Claw 
03. Homemade Weapons & Roho - Kifuka 
04. Torana - Amok 

Hannya Black (Demon) | 黒塚 
01. Homemade Weapons - Omen 
02. Torn - Dance On The Bones 
03. Homemade Weapons & Torn - Isolation 
04. Roho - Totemz 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Drum and Bass India X Boxout Wednesdays | Staple tunes

To get you prepared for the upcoming DnB showcase by [24th July at Summer House Cafe, New Delhi], we curated a playlist of staple tunes by all the artists in the line up - Tunes that regularly feature in their sets and continues to inspire them, still.

Event details here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Boxout to host a DnB night this July | Get to know the artists

It was early 2017 when Mohammed Abood aka DJ MoCity and Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry came up with the idea of delivering to the ever-growing need for a platform for the alternative music and culture in India. Fast forward 2019, has completely transformed the Indian music scene with care and precision and currently there is no other platform to can rival boasts a monstrous roster of some of the country’s most dedicated musical minds alongside DJs, selectors, commentators and cultural icons from all over the world. From IDM to Dancehall to Hip-Hop to Jazz, you name it and they have it.
The radio’s passionate support for Drum & Bass is unparalleled. has been home to our very own Debjyoti Das aka The Untitled One and it has helped the Bangalore based DJ to showcase his art to the world. Just when we thought this wasn’t enough, Boxout is set to host another Drum & Bass show, featuring some of the most revered heavy-hitters in the Indian Drum & Bass scene, on the 24th of July, at Summer House Cafe, New Delhi. And we couldn't be more excited about being a part of the night.

First one on the line-up is Rohan KaléDelhi based Rohan Kalé has meticulously consolidated his name as one of the finest selectors in the country. His “Music without borders” approach has given us some stunning live performances. Rohan Kalé’s penchant for soul-stirring melodies and skull-shattering Jungle coupled with the his intricate take on his DJ sets makes him THE artist to watch out for. The Delhi badman also has some incoming music so keep your eyes peeled.

Next up is Delhi based Ravana; an artist whose music is synonymous with infusing traditional Indian music with his production styles in the most intuitive manner. The intricate approach to his sets makes him one of the versatile DJs in the line-up. Ravana’s knack to infuse Drum & Bass with Jungle, Break-core and Dub will always leave you with surprises throughout his sets. 

The next artist on the line up is Watashi. The Bangalore based DJ and producer has made Neurofunk Drum & Bass his own realm. Watashi is known for his high energy sets which are packed with relentless tech steppers.

On supporting duties will be Shillong based Wave Diary and Boxout’s resident artist, Drum Attic.

We caught up with all these artists and had a quick word with them about their music, journey, future plans, their thoughts on the DnB scene in the country and a few other things.

|| Kalé ||

1. In your interview with us, you'd mentioned what liquid drum and bass means to you but we're also aware of how much you love Jungle. Would you like to release some jungle in the future?
A : Absolutely. Jungle will always hold a very special place in my heart. It has been one of the most prolific genres of our time and before. Simply put, it's timeless music. I would love to release some jungle, I have some loops and ideas that will turn into full songs (soon, i hope!) 
2019 has mainly been about me working to elevate my production skills and it has been going great so far, so do expect a bunch of releases (Jungle included) from myself in the near future.

2. You've always been lyrical about the importance of using those classic r'n'b samples in your music. Can you tell us more about it?
A : RNB from the 90s and early 2000s is, again, absolutely timeless music. The soul that these vocalists poured into every word they uttered is beyond compare. So much love, so many emotions, such feelings! Just talking about it makes me smile. A LOT of this music has been sampled abundantly by DNB/Dubstep/Garage etc artists. You could easily spot a sample in every other tune within these genres and beyond. I have actually considered doing a show about the art of sampling in Liquid/Deep Dubstep because it's a masterful skill and it just adds that extra warmth to such music. 
I am guilty of using these in the music I create as well! Keep an ear out, some releases coming through soon.

3. The Drum & Bass scene in our opinion has taken a beating in the last few years. It did peak 5 years ago but now it seems like we're playing catch up. How do you think the scene can be improved?
A : I think the most important thing is to keep believing in the vision and pushing the sounds to the people as much as we can. In my opinion, as soon as DNB is uttered people just assume its HEAVY and LOUD. That needs to change. There is a lot of subtle, gentle and soulful DNB music out there and it's our responsibility to share this music with the listeners here so it becomes a more accepted genre. I know there are a few shows on that are strictly DNB which is definitely a step towards the right direction. The other thing would be to curate more DNB focussed nights around the country and market the shows well so more people are exposed to this beautiful genre. Another helping factor would be to bring in some international acts which would attract more people to such events and would spread the music further.

|| Ravana ||

1. 24 EPs until now is QUITE something. Not many Indian artists have gotten near that number. How would like to describe your journey over the years?
A : Yeah, so I have 25 full ALBUMS and not EP's that I have released independently on my bandcamp pages [] [].
And the latest I released under AMARRASS RECORDS on a Vinyl called. DUBFOUNDED (Folk + dUb)

Since my teenage days all I wanted to do was to be in a band and grew up dreaming about making music and creating lots of music albums (so old school). We even named the hypothetical band as, KALI DEATH :D. But the band thing didn't work out much and Electronica became a part of my life. I started Djiing in 2002 when I left my corporate job and dnb has always been my preferred genre to play around, but at the back of my mind was to always produce music albums that got realised in 2011, when I finally got my hands on a computer that I bought at a very cheap rate from my friend. The result was a Jungle mix that can be found here -

Soon I started producing music and the search began for the sound I wanted to produce. It took me around 5 years and many tracks to reach a stage I felt comfortable and knew this this is what I wanted to do music wise. In 2016, I released my 1st album OLD DELHI, dedicated to the city I grew up in and music inspired by the Great MUSLIMGAUZE (also a tribute album). I don't think producing this many numbers of album is a big deal, I am just clearing the back catalog of all the ideas I had in the last 2 decades. My journey has been great to say the least, it has not been difficult at all but has been frustrating in the sense that a huge number of the audience is still very much where it was many many years ago and will always be there. Because the kind of sound I produce or play in mixes are so UNDERGROUND that usually it is not preferred by the masses, so in most cases RAVANA becomes not viable.

2. "Dubfounded" is a gorgeous piece of art. Tell us more about your experience while working on this tune?
A : Rana from Reproduce introduced me to Amarass (Ankur + Ashutosh) back in 2014. On the 1st of July 2013 I released an album called GHALIB (Tracks + Remixes)

Probably after hearing the album he must have thought that I could do some collab with AMARRASS. Yeah, so I did my 1st eclectic show for Amarrass of Remixes I had done of Ghalib in one of Amarrass' folk festivals back in 2014, in dilli. Since then I have been a regular at their events. So when Jumme Khan (the poet and vocalist in the album Dubfounded) came  to Delhi from Alwar, I was their choice of music producer. It was a great experience to work with Amarrass (because I had the creative license, without any external interference) and secondly I had to produce an album that would not compromise on the signature RAVANA sound but at the same time should not sound like a disaster for the masses, because this was to be a balanced act between art and commercial spheres.

3. The Drum & Bass scene in our opinion has taken a beating in the last few years. It did peak 5 years ago but now it seems like we're playing catch up. How do you think the scene can be improved?
A : Even back in 2002 when we were doing our DnB nights there were not many Pub / Club owners who preferred it, probably because of the rawness of the sound (Drum & Bass) and still the scene is the same. Just yesterday at a gig in jaipur a boy came up to me and asked if I can play something that he can dance to. :P
I think a majority of the public are so used to and fed substandard beaty 4/4 sound that it is quiet impossible to change the scene upside down. There needs to be more promoters who have to come forward and just relax a bit about the commercial aspect of things and invest more on sustainability and building up the scene from bottom up. RANA has been doing this with Reproduce Listening Room (Noise + Anything goes kind of music), Amarrass have been doing this in the Folk area and i think now Boxout is also on the same wavelength to promote good music as well as artists/dj's who probably wont get a gig or place to play their sound.

|| Watashi ||

1. You've meticulously carved your way as one of the known drum & bass DJ/artists in the country. How would you like describe your journey so far?
A : Best way to put it would be "a big learning curve." I've improved as a musician and as a person over the last year and a half, I'm not so rigid when it comes to music anymore which is a great thing. End of last year, I played a lot of gigs and it's all a blur now, but they helped me sort of define my sound. This year has been a bit scarce when it comes to gigs but as an artist every gig has been more satisfying. The response has been great, especially from people who listen to me play for the first time. I'm much more certain about what sort of set I want to put out every time. And honestly, DNB community has been very friendly and has always given me complete freedom. I mean, the gigs with DnB India or the one in Kochi, I've always felt that trust to put out whatever music I want to. That Kochi gig with the Kekao crew was mad by the way. Nights like those make you feel like you're doing something right and can keep you going for months.

2. Your recent release on Nrtya packs a punch. Can we expect Watashi to make some proper industrial stuff soon? 
A : Honestly, that track was just an experiment. Drum and bass production is really technical and it's easy to get lost tweaking a snare sound for six hours. And I get frustrated because I'm not finishing nearly enough tracks. So all the other stuff I keep making is just an escape from that since it gives me the feeling of being productive and having some output at least. I'm focusing on putting out more DnB releases this year, all the other stuff will have to wait. I'll definitely play some unreleased tunes for this gig. But yes, I've developed some fondness to industrial/broken techno and would love to make more music with a similar vibe, maybe under a secret moniker, who knows.

3. The Drum & Bass scene in our opinion has taken a beating in the last few years. It did peak 5 years ago but now it seems like we're playing catch up. How do you think the scene can be improved?
A : I agree. I keep thinking about this way too much. It's sad to see the thing you love dying. And I have no decisive answer for this. Sometimes I feel it's the fact that the younger generation is getting used to slower tempos which is easy listening music and on the other hand DnB is such an acquired taste. Also, Dnb is meant to be underground music yet it never could identify as rave music in India. I mean, I'm sure you know a few artist friends in Europe who are playing huge underground raves, Jungle/DnB has been at the forefront of rave culture over there. We have to somehow make that happen here as well. Young listeners are getting introduced to new music by watching boiler room sets and when was the last time you saw a complete DnB set on boiler room? It is very rare. I mean, people do throw in a few jungle tunes now and then, but that's not doing much for promoting the genre. We have to involve the younger generation of DJs and producers somehow, they tend to be more passionate about what they like. And do more gigs with proper DnB lineups that represent our music in its raw-unadulterated form. Maybe gigs in smaller cities, people tend to be more open to new music there. And above all, stick to it.

|| Wave Diary ||

1. How did you get into drum and bass? And how would you like to describe your sound?
A : Born and brought up in Shillong, i grew up listening to a lot of  metal and punk rock music, my favorite child hood memory was to see my dad perform which inspired me to pursue my career  in music.
When i started my career as a DJ i got into techno, but every time i got on stage I would fail to deliver and connect to the people which i loved the most. I just wasn't really connecting to that style of music, this made me start exploring different genre until i found Drum and Bass.
Having said that growing up listening to metal music, the influence of heavy percussion's stayed within me. I've always loved the sounds of classical instruments. The juxtaposition between the two is what defines my taste.

2. How do you think is the drum and bass scene bubbling up in your hometown?
A : About 5 years ago, there weren’t many events dedicated to Drum and Bass in Shillong. Most artists (really talented and great friends) were pushing the Club scene in town while there wasn’t much work in DnB.
Knowing that people of Shillong are open to different tastes of music ,a bunch of us were really excited to start our own scene in Shillong which inspired me to start ‘Bass Block’. A thing that initially started as an after party ritual. 
The first ever ‘Bass Block’ wasn’t typically successful, but that really got me thinking about how to keep people entertained while still staying under the genre . For the second show, I started adding elements (something they could relate to ) in my set. This continued for a couple of shows after which I could see people really jamming to proper Break Beat.

Krunk coming in with ‘Bass Camp’ for two years straight played a major role in the scene. 
Even though the scene is still young and upcoming, I think it is a really exciting time for DnB in Shillong.

3. The Drum & Bass scene in our opinion has taken a beating in the last few years. It did peak 5 years ago but now it seems like we're playing catch up. How do you think the scene can be improved?
A : Drum and Bass started as a Break Beat hardcore style, but over the years evolved as an umbrella term for sub-genres like Reggae Dub, Liquid, Jazz Step and so on.
Every genre enjoys a peak phase, and leads towards a starting point for a new cycle, in this case a new sub-genre.
I think the most important thing for us is to keep producing more music for the core DnB community because I believe in making music that I love and  not just take it as a trend.
Drum and Bass will re-emerge taking on a new form to complete the cycle of music or perhaps starts a new one.

DO NOT miss it because this promises to be a mayhem!!