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Two’s Company

Delhi-based electronic outfit FuzzCulture talk about their debut EP,which is a mix of genres.

Written by Swetha Ramakrishnan | Published: November 28, 2013 4:25:14 am

Childhood friends Arsh Sharma and Srijan Mahajan’s tryst with music began when they were part of a band at 15. They played everything from Metallica and Nirvana to “soppy love ballads”. Sharma,who is the guitarist/vocalist for The Circus,and Mahajan,who plays the drums for Parikrama,Half Step Down and Cyanide,came together in early 2012 to form a two-piece electronic act called FuzzCulture. They are performing songs from their debut EP Indulge.Divulge this weekend at NH7. “It took us two-and-half years of random jamming to get to this point. The Circus had already been doing a lot of electronic music,and when I met Srijan,I knew the idea was to step away and do something different,” says Sharma.

“Arsh listens to a lot more electronic music than I do. I’m more into Led Zeppelin,Porcupine Tree and the Black Keys,” says Mahajan. Their first performance was in July 2012,at [V Spot Cafe in Gurgaon,following which they started work on their album. “It was really weird not to have a drum set in front of me,but we were always convinced about having a balance of live and arranged music,” he says.

Sharma’s shadowy vocals in the six-track EP are extremely sing-along,while the songs run around in circles with their genres. From dubstep and electronic to industrial rock,the duo admit they’ve been quite creative with their sound,calling it “mix-tape experimentation” and a combination between “melody and groove”. “The more we wrote and listened to,the more varied our sound became,” says Sharma,who listens to NIN,Radiohead,and Tool.

At the NH7 Weekender,FuzzCulture will also perform a couple of their singles that were released on SoundCloud,such as Do We Get A Grammy Now — a cheeky,peppy head-banger — quite similar to the general nature of the duo. “The reason we named our outfit FuzzCulture is because our studio is called Studio Fuzz,and adding culture to anything makes it sound cooler. Also,FuzzCulture seems like we’re pro chest hair,” jokes Sharma.

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