It has been on the road for almost a month now. Fatigue sets in and the tour of 11 cities to be felt. It is hard and tiring, but 26 years Sahej Bakshi did not stop playing music. “I can not afford to be lazy. I’m paranoid about the danger of falling into a comfort zone, “says Bakshi.
A producer, guitarist and rocktronica (rock and electronic music) expert, Bakshi, for the last three years, has been composing and playing music in his musical identity, “dualist Survey.” Based in Delhi, Bakshi was in Chandigarh for a concert on Friday night at Tin Room, Blue Blazer, and spoke of his third album, Doppelganger. “The previous two were just four pieces each. This is a complete album with new tracks produced under my new label, dualism Records,” he said.
Launching a label became imperative to Bakshi, who believes the record does not get out of the box. “They are kind-driven and does not supports all kinds of music. I am an off-the person of the box, and I’d rather have a label that supports all kinds of music, so come dualism “files, Bakshi said. The importance of presentation and the product of a packaging is essential to its success, and Bakshi, with his manager, Tej, spent an extra mile for Doppelganger. They set up CD for sale on Flipkart and have even ventured into merchandise such as T-shirts and stickers on www.redwolf.in.
Taking the show to another level, Bakshi has also developed a visual act. “I play in the closed structure on which various images are created and projected according to the mood, tone and pitch of the music,” he said. By synchronizing the audio with the visual element, Bakshi has improved its performance.
There are also unusual cities on its circuit. “Chandigarh, Guwahati, Indore and Jaipur – who would have thought 10 years ago that these places will consume and enjoy electronic music,” says Bakshi.
Glitch hop (hip hop mixed with electronics), progressive rock, pop, electronic – the music is ambient and experimental Bakshi. It combines a diabolical him duality, simple but provocative, philosophical still curious, still instrumental explanatory. “The title of my songs is crucial because it must explain the status of the song,” says Bakshi. Thus, the tracks are called Spectrum, 6:00 (composed early in the morning), Isotera, Soliel, Origin, and Anathema exile.
Playing since the age of nine, and armed with a degree in music from Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, USA, Bakshi has played at festivals including Berlin Music Week, NH7 Weekender, The Sula Fest Great Escape Festival, UK. He was the only Indian artist to support David Guetta at Eristoff Invasion Festival 2012 and opened for Fatboy Slim in the same year.
Bollywood is not as he prefers to be independent and electronic music gives him this freedom. “Purists call artificially generated soulless music. Instruments may be electronic but is played by a human, it still requires brains, creativity, depth, sincerity and musicality, is not it?” he asks.