Get to know the music of Kalab.
As we approach Independence Day, we’re celebrating some of the country’s finest independent musicians. This time around, we’re chatting with Jaipur-based electronic music producer, Ujjwal Aggarwal AKA Kalab. He spoke to us in an exclusive interview about his music, influences, and what it is that makes him tick. Here what he had to say:
When did your musical journey start? Tell us about the history.
My musical journey started at a very young age as I hail from a family full of musicians. I played the flute as a kid, picked up the guitar during high school, had a rock band during my engineering college days and eventually moved to electronic music about 6 years ago.
How would you describe the music you make?
My music could be categorised as left field experimental electronica. I prefer to make sonic experiences over tightly arranged conventional compositions. I like it live and rugged.
How do you think your music represents you on a personal level?
I think my music is a perfect extension of my confused, casual, understated personality. I never start out with strict ideas. I always go with the flow and let my music be what it becomes over time.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
I am a graphic designer by profession. So, I am making graphics for most part of my time.
Who are your biggest influences?
Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Gas Lamp Killer
Name your 5 favourite albums of all time.
Untill the quiet comes – flying lotus,
ISAM – amon tobin,
Supermodified – amon tobin,
Breakthrough – gas lamp killer,
Cosmogramma – flying lotus
Which Indian indie act are you listening to right now? What do you like about their music?
Jamblu. I love the deserted, non flashy, non attention seeking vibe to his music.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue producing music in my best capacity. Leave behind loads of albums before I die.
Any parting words?
Don’t make sense everyday.