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    Karsh Kale talks to us about his inspirations, music, and future projects

    The year started on a high for Karsh Kale with a performance at The White House in May. Then, a stint on MTV after which he curated an all-star finale featuring Vishal Dadlani, Midival Punditz, Papon and Nucleya for Bacardi NH-7 Weekender across four cities. Kale will perform on Sunday at CounterCulture preceded by Engine Earz Experiment, a live bass music collective from the UK and Samsaya, a trip-hop artiste from Norway. We catch up with the artiste for a quick chat.

    Your influences?
    I’ve always been interested in the effect different types of music have on the listener. I think film and comics impacted my music in the beginning of my career. Now, being alive and aware of my surroundings influence my work.

    Your inspiration for the show?
    To rock the festival. The point of this concert is to take people on a journey. For me, it was important that the Collectiv and our music established our aesthetic properly before any guests would join.

    Something fans don’t know?
    Well there is perhaps a reason they don’t know it—one of my first instruments was the cello.

    What’s next?
    A new album with the Collectiv. I have been sitting on an amazing collection we have worked on for the past year that no one has heard.

    Your opinion of fusion music?
    Well music is fusion— of ideas, cultures, languages, rhythms etc. What people call fusion in India is mostly experimental classical and devotional music, replacing tablas with drums and bass. A true fusion happens when the result becomes culturally relevant in some way, beyond just an interesting experiment that takes on a new form.

    And compared to other genres?
    Most genres are not created by artistes… they are created by labels, and promoters to better divide the market and sell.

    How do fans relate?
    Often I hear from fans that my music has somehow become a soundtrack for them in their own lives. I never really wanted to make records to wow people with my musicianship. I was always interested in telling stories and using my skills to help tell those stories.

    Favorite performance space?
    Anywhere that there is an eager crowd, a great view from the stage and great sound.

    Hot on your iPod?
    Stuff for the new album

    Your musical guilty pleasure?
    Sunday Morning Love You by Bhim Niroula

    Your creative process?
    I do get into a method composing space where I become some sort of character of event in order to put it to music. But the process does wind up being cathartic as I am able to use the process as therapy.

    On December 8. At Whitefield. Tickets (Rs.350 upwards) on
    bookmyshow.com

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

     

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