Get to know the music of Sid Vashi.
As we approach Independence Day, we’re celebrating some of the country’s finest independent musicians. This time around, we’re chatting with Mumbai-based producer, Sid Vashi. Vashi is no newbie to the scene. He first showed up on the indie radar in 2013 with his debut album, Motherland Tourism, an album laden with samples from Bollywood music and hip-hop styled beats. This year, Sid Vashi returned with Azuma Kazuma, an album that truly captures indie electronica at its peak.
We had a brief chat with Sid Vashi about his music, influences and more. Here’s what he had to say:
When did your musical journey start? Tell us about the history.
SV: I started recording music on a 4 track tape recorder when I was 14. I just never stopped.
How would you describe the music you make?
SV: Sound collage broadly influenced by jazz, hip hop, and Bollywood
How do you think your music represents you on a personal level?
SV: It is multifaceted.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
SV: Try to find some silence.
Who are your biggest influences?
SV: Kanye, Rahman, Kafka, Mikhail Bulgakov, Oliver Sacks, and David Foster Wallace. Anyone who makes the world a better place through art or technology.
Name your 5 favourite albums of all time.
Things fall apart – The Roots
Voodoo – d’Angelo
Rangeela – Rahman
self titled – James Blake
Yeezus – Kanye west, and many others.
Which Indian indie act are you listening to right now? What do you like about their music?
SV: Pulpy Shilpy’s latest track is really interesting and distinctly Indian.
What are your plans for the future?
SV: More music to be released, several festival shows, and hopefully medical school next year
Any parting words?
SV: Support your local scene. Talent only flourishes where it is nurtured.
Perhaps truer words have not been said. Supporting the local scene is what this series is all about. So, if you’re a fan of Sid Vashi’s music, be sure to support him by buying his music and catching him live whenever he plays live in your city. After all, talent only flourishes where it is nurtured.