'BLISS' EP presents four slick techno cuts, each a testament to Sawshank's prowess as a producer. With a combination of nostalgic elements and contemporary innovation, this EP is a true showcase to the timeless allure of techno and is sure to leave a lasting impact on the dance music landscape in India.
What is the inspiration behind this EP? How did you come up with the name?
Mostly Old school records and imprints like Mutual Rytm which are pushing the boundaries of techno releases right now or did early back in the day, I have chosen the name Bliss as I am trying to deliver something that binds happy and dark music into one package while keeping the groove intact and funky, hence the name "BLISS".
How did you overcome challenges with this EP?
My main challenge during the EP was believing in the stuff that I created. A lot of times, producers tend to overcomplicate things and get stuck with the release process. I overcame it the only way I could, by sharing it with my group and then some great artists from India like Dotdat, Film, Vridian, and Kohra. I also sent them to my previous label and some great tutors from YouTube. After receiving positive feedback, I was out of the loop. I would also like to mention that I try to send a track to Eves Drop sessions organized by AudioUnits every time, and that too helped me a lot.
How did you decide on the label that releases your music?
I wanted to choose a local label for this release that understands and appreciates my vision as a genre-fluid artist and helps me present this EP in the best way possible in the Indian Techno Scene. The label head for Bøne.FM was one such person who seemed to be on the same page about a lot of things regarding the release. Bøne.FM’s Catalog showcases a versatile discography, and the same can be said about my EP "BLISS". The label head reached out to me for something else, but one thing led to another, and I ended up signing a contract with him.
An instrument or device that has been monumental in this EP? And why?
I don’t think I rely on any particular instruments as such, but Granular Synthesis and Re-Sampling are the techniques that can be heard throughout the EP. Since I am not someone who has learned production in a conventional way and since I am a tech guy by profession, I am always skilling up in one way or another. I watch a lot of tutorials, which usually make me try unconventional approaches during my productions.
How soon can we expect your next release, and what is that going to be about?
Hopefully very soon. I have tons of stuff that I plan to release in the upcoming months. One track will be released on a V/A, and others are yet to be confirmed by some labels. I can only assure you that all of the releases are unique and restriction-less dance music. So to summarize, I think it will be 'All About That Groove'.