Kapil's collaboration with rap legend Lil B is out now, to which I contributed production, drums and mixing. Getting to work with one of my all-time hip hop icons was a wild ride, and B brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the project, which I appreciated immensely. Definitely one of the most fun and surprising projects I've been involved with for a long time. I also designed and created the mograph for the single's YouTube visualizer.
I had the privilege of mixing and editing the audio for "Everyone Everyone", a short animated film and audio collage exploring how musical facilitators have adapted their forms of engagement to online platforms during pandemic times , with a specific focus on facilitators who work with differently abled participants with complex needs, with a focus on Glasgow-based initiative Hear My Music.
Heart of Gold has dropped a music video for their new song "Just, Everything", which I had the pleasure of mixing- a well constructed, performed and recorded song, with the freedom to try some pretty adventurous mixing techniques. A dream job, basically.
Half Formed Things have released our latest live video, shot at the legendary Leith Theatre- just round the corner from our studio, and a venue dear to all our hearts. Our full live crew were with us, with Sam Jones on lighting design and operation, and Jane Datony on audio. Shouts out to Sandy Butler for the amazing videography. I handled the final audio mix, which gave me some pretty incredible natural reverb tails to work on; the mix is drenched in the empty theatre's ambience, such a fun and challenging acoustic palette to work with.
Kapil has been nominated for "Best Live Act" at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2020. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the work we've been putting into tweaking and perfecting his live show: I can't wait to take the forthcoming live set, with full production and brand new songs, out on the road in the hopefully-not-too-distant future.
You can vote for Kapil here. I'd also highly recommend Nathan Somevi for Best Newcomer, if you're voting.
Had a great time performing at the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2020 livestreamed ceremony with the rest of the Kapil Seshasayee band. Congratulations to Nova for winning the award, too.
This was crazy fun. Rocked up to Sweetdram's Edinburgh distillery with Half Formed Things to play a song from our debut album. Engineered by Marc Freeman, with lighting design and operation by Sam Jones, and I mixed the audio in addition to my usual drum-whacking duties. Felt weirdly "normal".
Had the pleasure of playing Wide Days 2020, this year in a virtual conference form, with Kapil Seshasayee. This involved playing a live set of new and old songs in the stunning Leith Theatre: an incredible, albeit slightly surreal, experience. The Gharial, which we played live for the very first time with no rehearsal whatsoever(?!), is available on YouTube.
The latest single from Kapil Seshasayee's forthcoming studio album is out now. Production, engineering, mixing, mastering and drumming from myself. This song is a cracker, and will be so much fun to play live (if gigs ever actually happen again). "The Pink Mirror” is a sonic essay on censorship and dissonance within LGBT representation in Bollywood cinema. While antiquated portrayals of LGBT caricatures continue to serve as little more than comedic relief in mainstream Indian cinema, attempts by LGBT film makers to tell their own stories are often blocked from release (the song is named after a Hindi film by queer film maker Sridhar Rangayan, which was banned by the Indian Censor Board). "The Pink Mirror" highlights the prevalence of problematic narratives in modern Bollywood films, which includes transphobic portrayals of trans characters as villains trying to deceive other characters through seduction.