I dont think it’s under represented, It’s out there. - A brief conversation with India’s Industrial Techno Don, MODRAC
When you think of abstract, harsh and pounding techno in India, you might wonder if that is actually something that exists. But make no mistake, because in the last few years, the sound has grown exponentially with djs embracing the harder side of techno and artists popping up with solid tracks regularly. From a relatively unknown obscure space, some of these artists' music have now been championed by some of the genre’s biggest names. Being supported by the likes of Dax J , Paula Temple and more Joba Khan aka Modrac is one of them.
When did you start Djing and producing music? What were your early influences ?
I started Djing in March2004. Early influences were Hip Hop, House and Electro.
How would you personally describe your style?
India as a country is relatively newer to the harsher, industrial style of music with very few artists representing it.And yet, you have been supported by some the genres biggest artists such as Dax J, Kobosil , 999999999 to name a few How did this come about ?
To be honest, except for 999999999 , the rest of the support came through label promos as it reached the right people and i'm glad they chose to play it out and coming back to 999999999, i knew one of them personally and we keep in touch regularly via social media.
Do you feel that your sound is under-represented in the general music circuit here and if so, what do you think promoters should look into while programming such nights ?
I don't consider it as underrepresented , it's out there , people are open to listening that harder sounds. some of the hardest techno artists have toured our country in the recent past so the sounds are never under represented. the promoter should understand the sound of such nights and plan the line up accordingly, It's that simple.
You are one of the veteranst in the Chennai circuit, a city that for the longest time, was the bastion for techno in India. Has the sound that you have been championing currently, always been around ? How according to you has the scene generally evolved musically over the last decade ? Any aspects you feel could improve ?
Yes, It was around even when i started to explore these sounds but only a couple of Djs used to play that hard sound and i loved every bit of it.
In Chennai, it's always a small group of people that love these kinds of nights, you have your regular electronic nights and you have these heavy sounds once in a while. It is evolving as always, we did it when we were young and wild and now there are youngsters who try to pull off such events, it's great to see them doing it, but that passion was/ will always be there.
How do you approach producing this style ? Any technical pointers that upcoming musicians should take note of ?
Always start with the kickdrum. A lot of warping and transpose is key to making those industrial sounds.
Favorite Indian artists
Arjun Vagale/ Asymetrik, Dot Dat, Pooja B, Audio Units, Kollision and Seventh Sea.
Favorite Non techno music
Ilaiyaraja/ A.R.Rahman/ Yuvan Shankar Raja.
They are my go to music playlist if not for techno.
Auro - Delhi
Aqua - Bangalore
A track you would love to remix
Underworld - Born Slippy
We’ve heard that you are an extremely passionate football fan and that one cannot pick a debate with you on pitch tactics. Is it true ?
Yes, I'm extremely Passionate about football. I'm always open for a debate, but hey, Cristiano Ronaldo is the GOAT.
If you had to absolutely slay a dance floor right now, what track would you pick ?
Perc - Dumpster (EAS Remix).
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