KRUNK Presents Dualist Inquiry (DJ Set) & Zokhuma
Date : Friday, 22nd September '17
Venue : antiSOCIAL, Khar
Entry: INR 500 - inclusive of 1 drink
About Dualist Inquiry:
The emergence of Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry dovetailed with the beginnings of indie or alternative electronica in the country at the start of this decade. The Delhi-based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has consistently delivered genre-defying records that have left an indelible mark on the electronica landscape. His distinct guitar-driven sound, honed at the prestigious Thornton School of Music, LA, is one of the few singular sounds in the country today, one that stands out from the ever-growing pervasiveness of commercial electronic music. Releases like his critically acclaimed debut Doppelganger LP (2013) and the Natural Disasters EP (2014) have cemented his place as one of India’s truly original songwriters. His latest release, Dreamcatcher, is a statement of intent against the monotony of today’s commercialised, hit-prioritising electronic music landscape. It is the statement of an artist willing to pay attention to the craft of writing, performing and producing music that isn’t piggybacking on a trend, or aimed solely at charts. Dreamcatcher is Dualist Inquiry laid bare. Stripped of the need to bow to the masses, Sahej went searching inside instead of out, capturing photographs of his subconscious. He describes the process as vividly elemental, allowing him to explore further depths of his sound. Locked in his studio in Delhi, Sahej got to work writing, recording and producing every sound you will hear on this album. The result is a record as atypical as his previous releases, but yet undoubtedly Dualist. Dreamcatcher sees collaborations with some of the most exciting young vocalists in the country today including Sohrab Nicholson (Nicholson), Josh Fernandez (The F16s) and Kavya Trehan (MOSKO). The album will also see several multi-disciplinary collaborations with some truly gifted artists in the fields of art and video. Collaborators include Harikrishnan Panicker, an accomplished artist and designer, and Misha Ghose, a film director in Mumbai known for her art-focused videos. He has been the preferred supporting act for an impressive list of international producers and DJs touring India, including David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, KOAN Sound and Hexstatic. In addition, he has performed internationally at the Berlin Music Week (2010), and the Great Escape Festival (2011) where he opened for Beardyman and the legendary DJ Shadow. His recent international appearances have included Ultra Music Festival (Korea). The Avalon (Los Angeles, USA) & Webster Hall (New York City, USA) as well as Music Matters (Singapore).A seasoned performer of the music festival and club circuit in India, Dualist Inquiry has performed over 400+ shows over the last 5 years. His festival appearances include the NH7 Weekender, Sunburn, Invasion Festival, Sulafest, BASS Camp Festival and India Bike Week. College festivals include headlining slots at Saraang Festival (IIT Chennai) and Sympulse Festival (Symbiosis, Pune). He has performed regularly at the nations top clubs including blueFROG, The Humming Tree, High Spirits and AntiSOCIAL.
At the bleeding edge of his own future, Zokhuma (Arman Menzies) represents the end of old things, the beginning of new ones, and a forged alliance with those making alternative electronic music in previously uncharted territories. Unafraid to criss-cross between soundscapes you’ve never heard—think frantic, chopped-up African beats or moodier, experimental electronica—and soundscapes that are all too familiar, his sensibilities have a way of putting any audience at ease. As does his infectious energy behind the console.
The 24-year-old maverick has a mask for every occasion too. Well known in cult progressive metal circles in India for his earlier work songwriting and playing guitar for Goddess Gagged before moving on to study music production in the UK, he’s already performed in places like Croatia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka under his new moniker while cherry-picking his way through local gigs as well. As he gears up to launch his first EP and live tour, connecting the dots seems impossible when everything is happening at once. But it doesn’t make it any less fun to try.