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Mumbai-based funk/hip-hop group Bombay Bassment brings in a new set of sounds this weekend

afterdarkanchor2Mumbai-based Bombay Bassment, one of the few hip-hop and funk outfits in India today, is an ethnic melting pot of two Goans, a South Indian and an African. Hence, their music is rooted in different genres like reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and rap. We catch up with lead singer Bob Umulo before their performance at Hard Rock Cafe this Thursday.

A multicultural outfit
It is an opportunity to learn about other cultures and beautiful things you might never have stumbled upon otherwise.

Your influences
Old school hip-hop artistes like Nas, Ice T, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Arrested Development and The Roots.

The song writing process
Most of our tracks originate from DJ Chantz (Chandrashekar Kunder) who brings samples from God knows where. Then we add our own interpretations to the sound.

Among the few hip-hop bands in the country
The novelty is great but challenging because people have a problem figuring us in the indie scene. But they groove and show us love when we hit the stage.

Rapping 101
Be original and tell stories your listeners can relate to.

Festivals vs stand-alone shows
Obviously you won’t stand a chance in festivals if you haven’t made a mark in the stand-alone arena.

Anthony Kiedis (RHCP) or Zack de la Rocha (RATM)
Zack De La Rocha, purely because of the energy and ideologies he brings to the music.

Dream gig
To open for UB40 or The Roots.

New Year resolution
Release an album – either by hook or by crook.

January 30. At St Mark’s Road. Tickets (Rs 400 upwards) at bookmyshow.com

Avinash Kumai