Imaad Shah is set to give fans a taste of retro- futuristic sounds
While Imaad Shah’s solo electronic project, Madboy, has been around for about four years now, it made its “true debut” only last month, with the launch of the EP, Boy, in Mumbai. The singer-songwriter-producer, actor, and son of actors Ratna Pathak and Naseeruddin Shah, will release his four-track EP in Bengaluru tomorrow. And this one’s different from what he usually does at the electro cabaret-disco-funk outfit, Madboy/Mink, along with Saba Azad. “This music is retro-futuristic. Its design is ahead of time, but has a firm grounding in the synthesizer sounds of 70s-80s,” he tells us.
He explains how these songs — Naked Soul, Jellyfish, On Your Mind, and Pressure — came along, “I had made them over a period of time for the sake of creative tripping, and they were lying unfinished, as sketches. It’s when my close musician friends, and producers heard what I had done, and felt passionately about these sounds that I decided to put them into production. The lyrics, mood, and production process is quite personal. Sexuality is an undercurrent in this EP, ” he says adding that it’s high on synths and drums, and minimal on guitar.
The 28-year-old artiste is glad that he finally put his music out, as he shares, “Some have gone on to make lofty comparisons with music legends George Mattson, and Harry Nilsson. I think people, across the world, have been starved of this kind of sound for a while now, where electronic music meets funk and future. But the listeners have become perceptive now, and underrating their music sensibilities is a really bad idea!”
Meanwhile, he hasn’t got any feedback from his famous parents. “That’s because I’ve been away on tours for a month now. They do have varied tastes in music. But they like lyrics-oriented songs more, whereas I like my lyrics to be trivial, gentler, and not loud.”
He plans to roll out another EP, and then an album as a solo artiste soon. Two Madboy/Mink EPs are in the offing. He is also writing music for ads, and video games, and is itching to do background score for films.
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