What is the inspiration behind this EP? How did you come up with the name?
Well the ‘Kalimba EP’ consists of 3 songs. The first track ‘Alba’ is about bright, fresh mornings and a beautiful sunrise. The title track ‘Kalimba’ is more of a conventional organica/electronic track
The second track ‘Glaciers’ is a more progressive and uplifting piece. As the name states this track captures the feel of the beautiful and stunning tundra regions. The marvellous glaciers spread over the entire area were my inspiration for this one. This track is an amalgamation of organic sounds from the handpan with more advanced electronic sounds like analog synths, arpeggios & plucks. It focuses on a journey through the power of sound and aims at taking the listener on a ride through the mystical winter wonderland.
How did you overcome challenges to this EP?
This EP was full of challenges in terms of both production and planning. I had a major creative block in the middle and was very skeptical of its completion. Alba & Glaciers was written back in 2021 end during the lockdown with no clear direction in terms of release. I was just pinning down my emotions in the form of sound. Glaciers was completed 2022 end and was a fast arrangement as compared to the other two tracks.
I had no idea I was going to compile these 3 tracks together into an EP. In fact, I changed my system post production of the tracks and in the process I lost all my project files which was a major set back once we moved into the planning stage. Somehow I rendered the premasters at an
earlier stage and transferred them to my new system else this EP would not have existed.
All thanks to the team at For Senses who helped me compile ‘Kalimba EP’ with their expert feedback, support and for giving it a home on this wonderful label.
How do you decide on the label who releases your music?
When I am experimenting with the sound design and trying to write mainstream music like techno, melodic house and other genres of EDM, I chose to send demos to a big label that I really love or have been following for a long while. Sometimes I get a positive response and they agree to sign my music, sometimes they have feedbacks to make the sound better and decide to pass on the track/s. I feel it is important to be consistent and keep working hard when sending demos to labels. It is a never-ending process and sometimes it is a hit and trial with the big labels.
When I am focused on just organic music, downtempo music things are much easier since that is my comfort space. Now that there are so many organic house labels out there I track the music of these top, good and fresh organic labels and choose to get in touch with them once I feel my sound can fit well with their catalogue. The purpose of my music is to spread love, peace and happiness and when I feel when the label (big or small) is offering me a great platform to be able to that, I am on board.
How did you find match in this label where your EP is releasing?
I got in touch with him via Instagram again, we started chatting and connecting over our love for the same kind of sound and our artistic tastes as music producers. I had finished writing some fresh tracks at that time and Glaciers was one of the tracks I sent him as a demo for his feedback. He enjoyed listening to it and was interested in signing it. That is how the idea of an EP was born. His feedback was very motivating and his kind words made it easy for me to finish the other two tracks. Everything fell into place and it has been a smooth ride thereafter. I am very grateful to him and the entire team at For Senses for the faith in my sound and for having me as a part of this amazing collective. I am glad this EP found it’s home at this fresh and wonderful Brazilian label.
An instrument or device that has been monumental in this EP? And why?
The Behringer crave Analog Semi-Modular Synthesizer was used in ‘Glaciers’ for some melodic and step sequencing magic along with the Behringer TD-3 Bass Line synthesizer with true analog circuitry for the bass and groove sounds. In additional to these analog synths, the Yamaha Keyboard PSR-E403 was also used as the main key section for ‘Alba’. The ‘Kalimba’, an African pluck percussive instrument was used the main melodic base for the title track which is named after this instrument itself. You will hear sounds from these analog gear and instruments in a lot of my productions, specially my ‘Kalimba EP’.
How soon can we expect your next release and what is that going to be about?
A lot of new music, collaborations, big things are on the way for next year. 2024 holds some good surprises which you will know about soon.
Thank you so much for having me on board. It was great sharing some insights with you. Sending love and good vibes all the way from New Delhi, India.
BRC thanks For Senses for this opportunity to premiere one of their releases. Also thank you to everyone who supported Aroma's track in any manner they could.
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