He’s not Japanese. He’s Trapanese.
With Karan Kanchan’s music comes further testimony to the fact that the language of music is universal. His friends call him ‘Brown Japanese Boy’ thanks to his affinity for the land of the rising sun that makes his music so distinctive. Since the start of 2017, the 19-year old producer has been making waves for his incorporation of classical Japanese instruments and trap music. Through his distinctive productions and as a part of the producer collective, Jwala, Karan Kanchan is making beats that are super kawaii.
However, Karan’s musical sensibilities didn’t emerge overnight. It’s a journey that he began in 2010, in a way that even he could not have predicted.
I was a normie school going 12-year-old kid in my 8th grade in 2010. I used to spend a lot of my time on YouTube watching videos when one day I got a recommendation of a video with a thumbnail of a huge crowd and stage. Out of curiosity, I clicked on it, and everything changed for me.
That Video was “Tiesto Vs Diplo – C’mon “. That was the first time I heard electronic music.
It’s been 7 years since Karan Kanchan experienced his musical epiphany. Currently, he’s a final year sound engineering student who’s eagerness to learn and create is far from fading. Karan describes his music as ‘Japanese Sounds with Trap/Dubstep music synthesis’, a combination of sounds that draws from a diverse musical palette. While it’s really common for fans of anime to call themselves fans of Japanese culture, Karan doesn’t associate with that group at all. Instead, he draws his influences from Japanese culture and Japanese wagakki instruments such as shamisen and koto.
I really love japanse culture and beauty and that’s what I want to embed in my music along with a head bopping/banging experience.
On 1st, Jan 2017, Karan Kanchan revealed his new moniker and later released his first J-Trap Track “//No Serious//”.
I am happy that people are now able to recognize my sound and call my stuff original. Thanks to the new music, I got a chance to play at some good venues such as Summer House Cafe and AntiSocial Mumbai.
When he isn’t busy making dope J-Trap beats, Karan spends his time networking with people online. As a musician, he credits most of his growth to the existence of the internet. However, he’s also a part of a generation that’s been brought up on social media, YouTube and everything else that the internet encompasses.
I have more internet friends than real life friends. I really like to make friends online. I trust them more for some reasons.
Karan lists his biggest influences as Wagakki Band, Yoshida Brothers, Baby Metal, Skrillex, Diplo, Herobust, and Savant. He also names a fellow Indian indie favourite of his, zzz beats.
I love the way he incorporates old nostalgic sampling with his lo-fi beats. its just amazing and different.
Karan Kanchan’s future holds immense potential with more tracks and more gigs around every corner. He’s currently working on a couple of tracks and planing to release on a monthly basis as well as a live show with live visuals.
2017 has been a great year for the independent artists as they are getting more attention all thanks to guys like you who have been scouting out new artists and help put their name out there in the scene.
Karan Kanchan has released a new song titled ‘//DOJO//’. Check it out here.