Meet Rusha & Blizza, the artist duo that’s bringing experimental sound design to Indian people digital music
Two back-to-back EPs inside the span of six months, a quantity two spot on Apple India’s High Dance Albums, and over 4 lakh streams on Spotify — for experimental musicians Rusha & Blizza, 2020 has been the yr of music.
The Delhi-based duo introduced out its second EP Sutra, after the success of its first one titled Mudra, in July. The most effective obtained monitor of Sutra is ‘Kaise’; its bass heavy strains holding up catchy vocal loops, one thing now we have come to count on of the duo. Mudra with its earworm ‘Kaka’ married Indian people (melodies like vocals and flute, and the tabla) to accommodate music. Good for dance flooring of nightclubs — if these existed this yr. Nonetheless, with the six-track Sutra, the duo is trying one thing totally different.
“When making Mudra, we experimented with a fusion sound for the primary time: merging Indian vocals and parts with our digital model,” says Paurush Kumar, (‘Rusha’, one half of the duo with Aman ‘Blizza’ Khare). “For Sutra, we tried to indicate extra of our experimental facet whereas holding the fusion theme going. That’s the way it developed.”
As an example, although Sutra’s ‘Hoye’ and ‘Anth’ lean closely on percussive techno, its ‘Barse’ consists of the tabla bol, which is intrinsic to Hindustani Classical. For these two EPs, they had been compelled to buy vocal samples owing to the pandemic; nonetheless, they hope to be recording their very own once more from this month.
The origin story
Although that is solely their second EP, Rusha & Blizza have been performing collectively since 2014, and been collaborating since 2010. Apparently, this decade-long collaboration was the results of an opportunity encounter at a gymnasium. “We might go to the identical gymnasium in Delhi, and we’d each take turns making the exercise playlist there. We appreciated every others’ alternative of music, and so determined to attach and take a look at making one thing collectively,” Paurush remembers.
Music, each say, is an “overwhelming half” of their lives. Whereas Paurush envisions the music and directs it, Aman is the person on the desk, producing songs and dealing on them for over 10 hours a day. The 2 steadiness their careers in music with day jobs: Aman runs a household enterprise and Paurush is a lawyer.
Regardless of being regulars on the performing circuit in Hauz Khas between 2015-16, Rusha & Blizza went on a hiatus from reside gigs to upskill their manufacturing. “The gig scene was occupying loads of our time. However sure, 2020 has helped with that. We’re not often in the identical metropolis, and need to coordinate over the telephone by sending one another samples. This yr has been by far essentially the most promising one,” says Paurush, including that they’ve already produced 50 tracks which are able to be launched later; eight movies are additionally within the works and can comply with ‘Kaise’.
Their SoundCloud stats present that their viewers is area of interest and based mostly in cities like California, London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow. Mudra, with its traditional melodies, helped them break into a brand new Indian market. “We did people digital primarily for the Indian market, however our signature is in experimental sound design with future bass and parts of hyper pop,” says Paurush, including, “We carry on altering our sound. So I don’t know what we might be making in two years. We’re genre-fluid, we similar to to be eclectic.”