He was voted as the runner up in the Best Drum & Bass/Dubstep DJ category at the MyFav DJ Awards consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The man behind Pune’s bass heavy night called Poona Bass Kulture at blueFROG Pune, he featured acts like Shiva Soundsystem, Bay Beat Colllective, OX7GEN, Bandish Projekt, Yung Raj, EZ Riser, and Tapan Raj along with his home crew of TripShot Crew, Midland Sparks, and FolkStep. He currently works with Mixtape, an artist and event management company based in Mumbai.
From his future plans to his thoughts on the evolution of Drum and Bass in the country, and from his current favorite tracks to his best gig ever, here is the conversation we had with Sainath Bhagwat.
2. How and when did you discover Bass music?
3. What do you feel about the Bass scene in India and what are your thoughts on its evolution so far?
Also, back in 2010, the scene was quite concentrated to limited promoters and small pockets in New Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai, but now it feels like it’s opened up which is excellent.
The scene is definitely no where close to its peak so there is a huge potential for it to grow.
4. Tell us a little about Poona Bass Kulture. The ideology, method and aims that were behind the project.
A: The idea behind Poona Bass Kulture popped up when I was asked to curate and be a resident for a bass night at blueFROG Pune. I thought it made sense to mix up the lineups with local acts as well as domestic acts touring the country in order to showcase bass music in the best possible manner. We were able to bring in some of the best domestic talent and have Pune acts play alongside. I think we did 10 odd nights but we were able to bring in everyone from Bandish Projekt, Shiva Soundsystem (Nerm), and Bay Beat Collective to Johnny B, Folkstep, and OX7GEN.
5. You’ve recently started to work with Mixtape, how’s the experience so far?
6. Is music production in the future to-do list?
7. What according to you are the pros and cons of being a Bass artist in a country that is still coming to terms with this genre? Any word of advice for the Dj/Producers that are pursuing their dreams in the Bass genre?
The thing with Bass music is that it is extremely dynamic and local flavours can really define the sound. Us as artists have an opportunity to create a unique sound that is not only local to India, but even more to individual cities where we are from.
8. What is your studio / DJ set-up?
9. Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now.
2. Foreign Beggars, Fracture, Machinedrum – 100 Standard Ft. Ocean Wisdom
3. Ivy Lab – Cherokee
10. What is the best gig you have played so far. In terms of Sound Systems, Venue and Crowd Response?
11. What’s the funniest / craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a gig?
12. You just found out that your last gig ever is tomorrow, what would be your closing track?
01. Tripletrain – If Not [Teklife]
02. Boxcutter – Active Transformation Ft. Star Fu [Cosmic Bridge Records]
03. TASO – Lovin U [Teklife]
04. DJ Earl – Meta [Teklife]
05. Tito – Are U With Us [Iberian Juke]
06. ETM – JukeMonk [Iberian Juke]
07. Deft – Perky [Wot Not Music]
08. Silent Dust – Love Sundered (Sinistarr Remix) [None60]
09. Nuphlo – Poltergeist Ft. Leebrah [High Chai Recordings]
10. Graphs – Postman [Cosmic Bridge Records]
11. Coleco – Prime 2 [Inflect Audio]
12. Dekko – Chalice Anthem [Flexout Audio]
13. London Grammar – Strong (Fracture Remix) [Metal & Dust Recordings]
14. Sinistarr, Silent Dust – The Chant [None60]
15. TMSV – Laddegoat [Artikal Music UK]
16. Om Unit – The Crossing [Metalheadz]
17. Richie Brains – Buss It [Exit Records]
18. Mark Kloud – No Frills [Ground Mass Music]
19. Somejerk – Sky Shark [Ground Mass Music]
20. Addison Groove – U Been Gone Ft. DJ Rashad [50 Weapons]