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We Checked Pulse of Sixth Tone's Album on Diffuse Reality. Oh Those Beats!

Congratulations, your album is absolutely astounding as I've heard. BRC wishes it success and I hope this interview aids it a little bit.


What is the inspiration behind this album?

It is the process, it is not inspiration but the process can sometimes be inspiring. At the time of making this album, I would take breaks. I like going out, being quite, going to places not a lot of people would go so it will be quite, cutting out a lot of things and burns you get from past. Being careful about who’s advice to take and who’s not to, trying to have a sane mind, seeking internal. This is usually the question I get asked a lot. “Where do you get inspiration from, what inspires me, who is my mentor, who inspires me and things like that”. I do not have any mentors. Unfortunately there is not a lot of things that inspire me. So nobody to thank but myself and my family for allowing me the time and their endless support. 

Inspiration can be very tricky because it can make you feel great for a bit and then takes to the depths of despair. I tried going around the city and found out there is absolutely nothing that inspires me. Keep things moving yourself. If you’re not doing it, nobody will do for you.


When did you start composing and tell us if there were any time gaps or creative blocks? 

October 2023, by end of November 2023 I had about twenty-four tracks. Got eps, albums, singles for VAs made, which eventually led to making of the album ‘Pulsewidth Access’. 


Time gaps were only between nights. A few hours of sleep, doing usual chores during day, being available to whoever needs me, both personally and professionally, then wait for night so everyone can go to bed and me go into the studio. I don’t struggle with creative blocks really. I can take intentional breaks and decide to get things done. I guess I am just confident about the fact that I could go into the studio without an idea and still be productive.


If there were creative roadblocks, what did you do to overcome them? 

There are lots to do with what you have as a project already. It can lead from one to another. 

Some challenges I faced were with the mixes. At some point, I had like twenty seven different mixes for five-track. It was very difficult to pick parts and re-create final version. Definitely challenging, but as I said there is always something you can do to avoid creative roadblocks and it depends usually on how you quickly you can change things to extremes and find balance. 


'Pulsewidth Access' - how does this name define your album and why?

Pulse-width is time between two edges of a single pulse. Music is all pulse and waves. As the pulsating continues, it creates endless waves over spectrum. I dive in, manipulate them and it’s attributes. Warp them in ways its shouldn’t play. Choose the way i want it to sound. I keep it original, appealing without the use of raving plugins or fancy instruments because the concept is simple.


What has been your emotional investment in this project?

It is overwelming but you have align yourself in a way that doesn’t hinder the process. I had to prepare to be unemotional about a lot of things. All sorts of gatekeepers, nay-sayers from local community to how the major companies like apple music, amazon, spotify that operates, regulates, decides what music should be heard by the masses.  I think you have to consider the fact that the folks behind these event and major companies do not sometimes come from art or music experience but wants to associate themselves with art and music but with corporate mindset to make gains, appeal to the commercial audience showing numbers thats run on sponsored ads, campaigns, bots and algorithms.


Not a lot of people would actually think about these stuff but it actually does affects not just me but every artist at all levels. I guess it’s natural to be bombarded with these thoughts, past experiences when making music. Especially, after putting yourself through various positions, other sorts of artistry, it is really important to know who you’re listening to. 


An other emotional fact is that you also have to plan upon how you are going to release your music. Either go independent, self releases that involves a lot more work than just music making or decide upon finding a good label which can sometimes be a very long process. 


You have been doing remix, VA collaborations - tell us about it.

Yes. A five-track collaboration ep with Mirko Antico, “Turbulent High” released on Diffuse Reality records last month. Followed by a remix for his Borderline Disorder ep released couple of weeks ago on dBz records with remixes from myself, Noaria and Calvin Simms. 

 Followed by Single ’Spiral Order” for Bonkscape Vol. 1 Various Artist compilation on Bonks Records, a label run by artist friends in Goa.



What are your future projects, tell us about any upcoming gigs?

There’s usually a lot of things that needs to align before it unfolds. For now, lot of great unsigned original music still sits on my hard drive but music making hasn’t stopped. So, expect lot more new music in the future. I’m not too sure if I want to say this but I began a new venture early on this year. FrontRow (@frontrow.arts) a small event company to showcase, operate in club music realms of hypnotic techno, hard techno and hard-groove music. As an event company, it collaborates with likeminded music property Astralworx. Together, we come from similar artistic perspective, plus decades of experience in the industry.


As team we’ve been collaborating to host parties since early this year. We went onto book legendary artists in the hard techno scene like Sterling Moss, dstm, Vinka Wydro, Tassery playing alongside established homegrown hypnotic and hard techno artists and upcoming djs.


Greater set of the demography is unaware of the challenges artists regularly face on their path to success, what’s yours? 

Musical challenge is one thing, you can over come that. Market’s another, you have to adapt. With all the fake artists situation plus properties, promoters jumping into the popularity of techno, everybody is pretty much doing their thing separately, directly or indirectly competing with eachother for the same venues, dates and sound system. As artists, it is difficult to source your event, production and stuff. Also, when you take on different roles, you will come across folks that do not come from an artistic perspective or art background. Sometimes, you happen to be there directly in their path and although it could be uncomfortable to work with, you still have to put yourself in-line with them. With every interaction you are subconsciously being fed into their ideology. Get used to hearing things like, “it doesn’t work, you can’t do that, don’t play techno, don’t make techno, play organic, just dj, stop releasing music, make bollywood techno”. 


The real challenge is, through all of it you have to mindfully place yourself ahead of time to get a sense of direction as to where club music could be headed. Know your niche, do all the research, get used to getting rejected, put in the work, be relentless. You will fail, keep working and you will be better. Along the way you will meet some like minded people, collaborate and together you will figure it out. Work selflessly and hope for the best. 

 

When you were making this album, how much of it was influenced from a commercial point of view? 

Pulsewidth Access album has prospects to appeal to a large commercial audience. The album sonically transcends you to all sort of different places in the mind which reflects upon an individual’s worldly experience. 

Commercially, well a lot of commercial music that is released in past few years to date, all sounds almost exactly the same. Songs structured exactly the same. What’s commercially lacking is originality, flow, sounds that are unheard but familiar, music that takes you to a transcendent state.  Although the album is free from commercial influence it has great prospects to appeal to a large volume of commercial audience when heard with an open mind. 


I just want to thank the listeners and my fellow producers/Djs for their continued support and hope you enjoy listening to and dancing to the tracks. Cheers.


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