Mixtaped! this week is a very special one. Right after our 1st anniversary celebrations last week (I’m still reeling from it), we are stepping into a new musical year with pianist, collaborator & musician extraordinaire Karan Joseph aka. KJo. I had the opportunity of meeting him for the first time in my life (by chance actually) when I had traveled to Pune with Arjun Charanjiva (from KultureShop.in) to attend another DJ friend’s gig at a flea market called Kitsch Mandi. Karan happened to be performing there along with singer/song-writer Nikhil D’Souza. Later we met at the hotel room, where we saw Karan totally inseparable from his synthesizer. We were just blown (& we are still blown every time) with his chops on the keyboard. Instantly I knew that KJo is a musical genius. Apparently his brilliant command over the piano was evident very early in his life. Often being called a child prodigy, he started playing at the tender age of five. With honours and distinctions from the Royal school of music and Trinity College of music and the Bangalore School of Music where he was allowed to skip a grade because of his extraordinary skills. He later went on to study the Piano professionally at Berklee College of Music in the USA where he studied and learned music from veteran musicians like Danilo Perez, Hal Crook and Jeff Covell. Over the past year, he has shifted base to Mumbai from Bangalore & I’ve been bumping into him quite a lot especially at the Mixtaped! parties so far. This evening promises to be a unique one where you would find him jamming to all his favourite tracks from all time. Here is what he said when I asked him the usual 5 questions….
Well…. tomorrow’s gig was actually scheduled for Jon Kennedy as a guest DJ. But due to visa issues, he couldn’t make it. So I had this rare opportunity to push ahead one of the many performers scheduled in the coming months & I started making calls to them one by one. KRUNK agency boss-man Sohail Arora (originally scheduled for May 7th) was the only one who jumped up on this opportunity to literally save my ass :P Bless him! Sohail is a very enterprising guy. I’ve known him since he used to work at my favourite club (NOT) Blue Frog in the events programming team & later on I used to bumped into him more often at Zenzi & Zenzi Mills. Prior to this he used to be the front man/chief growler of a nu-metal band called Skincold. Five years ago, he teamed up with Zenzi resident head Kris Correya & Raffael Kably to form the DnB/Bass music trio known as Bay Beat Collective (BBC). The rest is well known history. BBC is probably the biggest Indian force instrumental in pushing & reviving bass music over the past years through the speakers of some of India’s biggest festivals to the most intimate clubs. Later he went on to form the mighty KRUNK artist management & booking agency, which includes various artists like Sandunes, B.R.E.E.D., Bassfoundation, SICKFLIP & many more. His agency also deals with promo/PR, venue programming, Indian tours of international artists & has developed ace properties like the Bass Camp Festival & the FLUX parties. Since late October he started his solo project/moniker, EZ Riser, focusing on glitch hop & electronica (with a touch of hip hop). Read what he had to say when I asked him the standard 5 questions….
P.S.:- Next week, would be the 1st anniversary party of Mixtaped! at The Den :) Trust us…. you would repent throughout 2014 if you miss this one ;)