Drum and Bass ,Chillout, Psytrance, Asian Underground
Focusing on music production now
Apologies for delaying the new feature, we have been caught up with something. Hopefully it will turn out pretty well and then we shall share the same with you guys! 🙂
Now coming to this week’s feature, we have Chroma Derma here with this very exciting set!
Rutu Ballal (Rohit), grew up in a musically inclined Bombay household.Classical music formed the ethos of his growing up days with his mother being the main influence. The elder of the 2 sons, his brother is a renowned performing artist in the field of Kathak, Odissi, Western and Bharatnatyam but Rohit, had other artistic avenues to explore. He has been Listening to electronic music since the mid-late nineties and derives influences from Drum & Bass, Dub, Asian Underground, Indian Fusion, Chill out & Psytrance and is better known in the DJ circuit as Chromaderma.
‘Chromaderma’ meaning Color of the skin in Greek, defines him now, as he dabbles in Digital Art too. Music comes naturally to this painter, graphic-artist, rhythmist who has no formal training other than his own tastes and a voracious appetite for all things new.
Turning tables since 2003 he has been a resident DJ at KIR – Andheri and played at uptown suburb party spots like The Club, IBar, Abyss ,Club Escape, Rain Lounge, Wink ( Taj Residency) and in some of the well known and the oldest places in Goa ( 9Bar, Westend ) Pune, Rishikesh, Himachal Pradesh etc. He moves town when the music beckons and was on the lineup at “MOKSHA FESTIVAL” ( International Event , Israel ) which was hosted in the hills of Kasol, also on the First “ELECTRO HOLI FESTIVAL”, “BEYOND SPIRIT FESTIVAL 1 and 2”, “FLOWER POWER FESTIVAL” ,”MAGICA FESTIVAL1 & 2 ” and having shared stage with the likes of Younger Brother/Prometheus, James Monro, Abomination, Pixel, Kulu, Psysex,Pixel, Shameless, Panayota, Beathackers, Sishiva, Ma Faiza, DJ Whosane, Shx, Stranger, Breed, BBC and has also been featured on the SHAANTI, EASTERN ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL UK 2012 as a new and upcoming talent in CHAMPION SOUNDS FUTURE PIONEERS 2012 ONLINE SHOWCASE. His DJ sets and sessions find themselves an audience not only on the dance floor but also on online Radio channels like Radio Schizoid, Radio Flote and Tenzi.fm.
Taking his pseudonym a step further, he is currently learning the art of inking. Making indelible impressions with the needle on skin, he is in to doing tattoos too. And if this was not enough, he also does Graphic Designs which include Logos, Flyers and other collateral.
Eagerly awaited is his track on Ma Faiza’s upcoming album. Audio editing for live performances and achieving a techno-bent, he now wants to produce his own sound. If music be the color of Life, Rohit is a prime example of this and his appetite for all things artistic, takes him to new artistic boundaries every day.
Artist Profile: CHROMADERMA
And now talking about the set, Rohit remembers the time when electronic music was not really supported during here in India when he started listening to drum and bass, which was somewhere in the mid/late nineties. And ofcourse things have changed now after a decade and a lot of Indian producers and DJS have been supporting all kinds of electronic music genres and it feels great, he says. And so he has dedicated this set to all the Neurofunk/JumpUp drum and bass music lovers from his side who are new in the scene and to the ones who are keeping the sound real.
We are very sure you are all going to enjoy this one!