Creating music is as intense a process as listening to it, a fact that is very apparent to Prash Mistry, who founded UK-based bass music collective ‘Engine-Earz Experiment’ back in 2009.
So while the multi-instrumentalist/DJ/producer saw dance music as a sign of rebellion growing up, he hopes that the modern bass generation doesn’t forget that.
“I want to see more people not caring about reactions and just getting lost in the music. I love people who act like idiots!” he tells Metrolife before arriving in the City to play a DJ set.
He’s been a regular visitor to India, having performed both solo and with his band at all the major festivals.
On returning this time, he adds, “It’s always a great feeling coming back to India and seeing how the music is moving forward. The love I receive is more every time and it’s also interesting to see the rapidly changing music scene here.”
Elaborating this ‘change’, Prash says, “Indian musicians are definitely more confident about their ability, creativity and musical products. There’s not as much fear as before and there’s even a healthy amount of competition.”
The ‘Engine-Earz’ are known for being one of the best live dubstep outfits around and yet being painfully particular about their sound design and editing.
Comparing the two experiences, Prash says, “The two are very linked for us – you can start something in the studio, try it live to see the response and then go back and finish it. I love writing at home because nobody sees me or judges me. But when you perform live, there’s a rush because something can go wrong anytime and there is a band adding to the sound. Nothing beats that spontaneity.”
That’s also why he decided to create the band after his early life was marked by experiments with various instruments and different collaborations, including teaming up with ‘Shiva Soundsystem’.
“The band guys are some of my best friends and it’s great to tour and work with people that you love.
My experience teaches me things and then their experiences get added to it. And that’s what’s great about music.
Touring is a high pressure thing but it’s a pleasure and incredibly humbling with such people,” he shares, specifying that the idea struck him during Glastonbury, 2007, which was his best festival experience so far.
The band’s much delayed but much anticipated debut album ‘Symbol’ should be finally out soon, informs Prash.
“Symbol’s very different and it might even surprise some people. A lot of our earlier stuff was for the dance floor and live shows but this one’s more for the listener. There are a lot of messages incorporated and a running theme of asking questions and finding solutions. But it’s hopefully not too preachy,” he jokes.
So what can one expect at the ‘VDot Emerge’ night at Vapour on May 31?
“I don’t pre-plan my DJ sets because it depends on the crowd. I’m looking forward to playing this venue because it has a really underground feel to it. I’m touring with DJ ASA, who has some dark, atmospheric tracks and more grime, dubstep sounds too,” he sums up.