Music in the Chaos

Michal Menert’s new India-inspired album has Bollywood influences.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: December 12, 2013 5:43:23 am

Last year,when Michal Menert was in the Capital,he visited Old Delhi and was mesmerised by the music in the chaos around him. He went back to his hotel room and as he switched channels,the US-based electronic music producer heard some old Hindi music. Blown away by the high-pitched vocals of the ’70s and ’80s,Menert became a musician with a mission.

A year later,as the 31-year-old returns to the country with a slew of performances,he’s set to include some Bollywood samples in his tracks,and is also collaborating with indie musician Dualist Inquiry aka Sahej Bakshi on two songs. “I met Sahej through a common friend,Mohammad Abood,last year,and we traded some tracks. But it’s only this year that we have begun work ,” says Menert,one of the founders of popular American electronic music label,Pretty Lights. “Sahej is all about rock and pop,and plays the guitars,while I am influenced by hip hop and prefer working with samples. We are different and that’s what makes the collaboration interesting,” says Menert.

After quitting Pretty Lights,Menert has been playing solo and is due to launch his own label called Super Best Records,and his album,Space Jazz early next year. In it,he will include his India-inspired tracks,including Sky city slums. “Delhi is beautiful but there are a lot of slums and this song is about that duality. I have used six Bollywood samples for this track,”

he said.

After a spectacular set at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Greater Noida last week,Menert is now excited about performing in Bangalore at CounterCulture on Whitefield Road on December 14 and also at NH7 Weekender in Kolkata on December 15.

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