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Bandish Projekt Interview


Bandish Projekt is one of India’s key innovators in the realm of electronic dance music. Since the early half of the past decade, Mayur Narvekar has been responsible for a body of work that is cutting-edge, original and most importantly, continues to win new fans across the globe. His performances at the world’s top festivals like Glastonbury, for instance, or the acclaimed Southbank Centre in London are fitting rewards for an artist who refuses to be pigeonholed to a genre and breaks new ground with his music every year.

Hennessy Artistry is proud to list Bandish Projekt on its roster of music events in Bangalore, and this week, we’re excited to have him debut with us in Chennai. Mayur himself rated his gig with Asian Underground Pioneer Shri and MC JC at the Hennessy Artistry event in Bangalore last year as one of the best gigs he’s played in his lifetime. We’re certain that this weekend of music concerts with Mayur will be just as memorable.

Bandish Projekt took time out from a packed schedule to share his thoughts on music, teaching and producing with Hennessy Artistry India.

What did you think about Skillex winning the Grammy this year? Skrillex winning a Grammy is not just the artist’s achievement but it’s a feather in the cap for the entire dubstep and bass music industry. It will definitely give the genre a boost. It’s not the beginning of the end for dubstep as some people have suggested. Artists change, but music is always evolving.

What would you say is the Bandish Projekt sound and how has it evolved over the years?
The Bandish Projekt sound is experimental, unique, yet it’s also something that easily sways audiences towards it. Bandish Projekt is about collaborations – not just with others artists but the music itself is a genre-bending mix of various styles. My sound has has evolved from being classical to dance to experimental to IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). But if there’s one word I had to use to describe it, I would say that it’s unpredictable.

Do you see yourself primarily as a producer, teacher, DJ or instrumentalist?
(laughs) I don’t know if I can be categorised as one over the other. I started by playing an instrument, learned music, began my career as a producer first and then took on DJing. Later, when nobody was playing my music, I started my own record label to release my own music and other artists who fit the theme. Then I set up an education module where people could learn to make electronic music. For me, all these rolls are equally important because they go hand-in-hand. But honestly speaking, I would love to be just a producer and have someone take care of the rest. You need to be extremely luck for that kind of lifestyle. I, personally, love the role of a producer the most.

What is the secret to your consistently good releases?
Like most artists, I don’t have formula for my tunes. Inspiration could come from beats, a chord or a melody, which in turn could be turned to full track, It depends on what comes first. For example, my last release, “Lover”, I came up with the beat, the bass and a basic structure. When I met Monica Dogra from Shaair n Func, she worked on the lyrics. We went through the melody a few times and the track was ready.

Who are some of the artists that you would like to collaborate with? Noisia’s experimental and deep drum n bass sounds are something I always look forward too. i would love to work with them someday. I am also a big fan of Missy Elliot’s work.

If you had one piece of advice to give young producers, what would it be? Come and learn at Bandish Beat Faktory. I have always believed in doing things practically and then thinking about the results. Whether you want to be doctor, a scientist or a performer, education is a must. Today, people like taking short cuts, so we miss out on the opportunity to learn.

  • Hetal Shah

    Proud Of You, and thanks a ton for producing such great music..
    Keep it high.. Always.. <3