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Stefan Kaye (Ska Vengers) – Influences

[Artists, Discovery]

Delhi based composer/musician, actor, impresario and DJ; also member of psychedelic disco band, Emperor Minge and spin off outfit The Jass B’stards both of which feature Ska Vengers Nikhil and Tony; producer and creative director of India’s touring cabaret show ‘Stiff Kittens’ The Medicine Show and founder member of ska/rocksteady/dub/punk band ‘The Ska Vengers’.

Born April 22, Stefan Kaye, a vegan at large, has his soul food set in a simple south Indian thali. When he came down to Delhi, he did so with the sole intent of starting a band while he continued learning the sitar. Along the way the sitar was gradually dropped and his band Emperor Minge rose to greet subjects.

Stefan an interesting entity of a global cause that is determined to jolt people out of their self-satisfaction, has been inspired and influenced by, well, this is a huge list but nevertheless here goes – Artists that include Louis Jordan (R&B jive), Perez Prado (Mambo), Charles Mingus, Lalo Schifrin, Brother Jack McDuff (Jazz), Skatalites, Prince Buster, Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby, The Specials (Ska, Rocksteady, Dub), The Clash (Punk) + RD Burman and various hip hop and dancehall artists. After a pause and on the same topic so that we don’t let him lose his train of thought, we asked him what his his primary artistic influences were. He replied that he gives a special mention to Shair n Func, Noush Like Sploosh, Gowri, Menwhopause, Sridhar/Thayil, The Jass B’stards, Emperor Minge and Peter Cat Recording Company and labels them as Indian artists pushing the boat out and making interesting music on their own terms. Our final question was about his description of Ska Vengers and he immediately replied “Rude boys and girls who are about to shake you out of your complacency and upset a few nuts along the way.”

Says Stefan when asked what he thinks about the Indian Indie scene “a fledgling, vulnerable to opportunistic shitehawks who know less about music than rock journalists.”

Photo credit Sarah Lankford


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