This week at Mixtaped! I’m proud to present to you Reuel Benedict, a colleague of mine working with me at The True School Of Music. However, before this TSM gig, I had met him for the first time off campus (at one of the Jean Claude Biguine events that I was programming) where he was in Aazin Printer's trio. Reuel has been a singer, songwriter, composer & producer for quite some time now. He had a very musical childhood as his father, Vijay Benedict (well known for singing “I’m a Disco Dancer” & many more Mithun Chakroborty songs), a popular singer during Bollywood’s 80s & 90s, who later turned to gospel music. At the age of 14 Reuel then went on to to do his first gospel album titled ‘One' in 2008. He has worked with some of India's top musicians like Gino Banks, Sheldon D’silva and Somu. He tours around the world and to many parts of India with his father playing the music he grew up composing. At TSM, Reuel is in charge of student placements & programming events inside/outside the campus.. Currently, he is also working on his alternative project, Midlights which has heavy Glitch Mob, Ratattat, Deadmau5, Bonobo and Mimosa influences that compliments his versatile signature sound that ranges from unprocessed acoustic instruments to trippy arpeggiated synths. So after months of booking this slot, here is what Reuel had to say when I asked him the usual 5 questions, on the eve of his Mixtaped! slot….
Hello hello…. Last weekend I had the honour & privilege of being invited to Hyderabad, to spin for Dakta Dub's & Monkey Radio India' Bass Sanskriti series of parties. This was a Friendship Day Special. I was spinning along with the famous Nuphlo from Leeds, UK. Mannie aka. Nuphlo has been putting out great Asian influenced music on luminary labels like High Chai, Nasha Records & Hundred Colours Music through the last decade. You can check out his discography on Beatport. He is also an artist & works as a high school art teacher. On our flight back to Mumbai from Hyderabad, I asked him if he would be interested to play at Mixtaped! & he gladly obliged. This is the picture of us signing this deal on flight & tonight he promises you a special night full of all original music produced by him (new & old). Don’t miss out & spread the word!!
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