The dubstep collectivefrom Reading is all set to rock the city
Started in 2009 by Indian-origin Prash Mistry in the UK, Engine Earz Experiment has a strong grounding in the bass-thumping genre of dubstep with an interesting mix of tabla, guitar and electro-synth. With Mistry behind the synth waves, Data as the MC, Kabir Kainth handling percussion (and tabla), James Billinge on drums, and Tom Hollings on guitar, they have previously collaborated with artistes like Grammy-winner jazz bassist John Benitez, Roots Manuva, Foreign Beggars and Aloe Blacc. They team up with DJ Asa, behind the spintables this Saturday and we catch up with Mistry on his experiment.
The birth of the experiment
I started Engine-Earz in late 2009 after composing our first song, Kaliyuga. I wanted to return to electronic music for a while, and after the political turmoil in the UK and elsewhere, I was inspired to use my voice through music. The song resonated with people. BBC played it across their networks and DJ Nihal invited me to play at a coveted BBC Maida Vale live session. We’ve been touring, writing and creating great music together as a band ever since!
The music I create is best described as UK bass-influenced, melodic rebel.
Definitely UK rave music, like early Prodigy and artistes like Bjork, Massive Attack and Nitin Sawhney. Plus, 90s grunge like Nirvana, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar. And of course, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones…I could go on forever!!
I find myself most influenced by stories of revolution and the journey back to realising who we are and how we got here.
I’ve worked with some incredible people. Our new album features world class artistes like Aloe Blacc, Flux Pavilion, Golden Globe-winner Lisa Gerrard, Akala and AneBrun.
Behind the name
It represents the dynamic between man and machine, emotion and logic. Plus, I enjoy wordplay!
The Indian connect
Having grown up in UK acts as a tether to my origins and culture, nothing moves me more than Indian classical music.
Sharing stage with DJ Asa
I worked with LIVE Viacom18 to bring Asa down because he is one of the most cutting edge producers coming out of the UK right now.
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I create two different styles of music. One emphasises emotionally poignant soundscapes, whilst the other is an aggressive offshoot of dubstep.
Your genres of preference
I really enjoy remixing full band music and anything with lots of acoustic organic sound sources.
Touring with Engine Earz
I have a great relationship with Prash and it’s been a pleasure to visit a different environment with a fellow musician and good friend. It’s been hectic but great fun.