Treading his own path to become a leading figure in India’s Techno scene. More than a decade later, he’s still at the top of his game.
We’re catching up with Arjun Vagale also celebrated as the pioneer of techno in India as he talks about his new alias “Asymetrik” & further discusses his love for all things out of symmetry.
Ofcourse, I can never get away from the relentless 4/4, but for everything else, AsymetriK.
To be honest, I’ve been listening to & making TONS of experimental, chill, industrial, abstract, glitch etc music for the last 2/3 years … a lot of it was just me messing around in the studio. Music is a form of expression, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s completely true for me. I just let myself make music, without having an agenda. Last year I decided i’m going to do just that and actually finish a bunch of tracks and see what happens … its evolved into a whole new alias, and i’m really excited to put out this music later this year.
It’s actually all the same, I get into my studio, and just jam with my gear. It depends on my mood, and how i’m feeling. For my Techno tracks, it’s always the kick, a 4 by 4 running, and then I add bits. For AsymetriK its the same .. but instead of a steady 4/4, I have a probability module on my modular, that just does crazy numeric gates … and that’s how I get the kicks. I tend to record a lot of what i do on my modular even when i’m just messing around, and a lot of the AsymetriK tracks start that way.
I think the word LIVE is misused a lot … People have different ways to do it. Some mix stems live on a mixing board, others trigger clips or add a few synths over beds. Some just hit play … running your own productions, sequenced in Ableton is NOT live in any way.
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///// As an artist, I’ve always believed that evolution is essential – to explore uncharted territory and to stir things up, to keep it inspiring for myself, but also to bring YOU something exciting. I spent most of last year working on a new project, breaking away from any limitations. And I’m very proud to present my new alias for experimental music, ‘ASYMETRIK.’
///// The idea was to showcase this sound in a live format, and in collaboration with Thiruda and Cursorama, we’ve developed a brand new audio-visual show called ‘ARTEFACT ASSASSIN.’ I couldn’t be happier to premier this new experience in Bangalore, my original home, alongside dotdat, Likwid and Aural Eye.
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