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MUSIC With Koocha Monster, Nucleya brings together Indian street music and global bass

Recreating soundsI enjoy every challenge, says Nucleya
Recreating soundsI enjoy every challenge, says Nucleya

He is among India’s most prominent bass music producers and is now enthralling fans with his newly released EP, Koocha Monster. One of the early proponents of the now-popular genre of dubstep, in India, Nucleya is known for focusing on sounds and textures that are Indian in sound but international in appeal. And this is exactly what he has done with Koocha Monster!

The artiste who started working on the EP two and a half years ago says: “I wanted to explore Indian music that has not left the boundaries and shores of this country. With Koocha Monster, I have brought together the nuances of Indian Street Music and Global Bass (the mother genre of EDM, dubstep, etc) and the response to it has been phenomenal.”

While Nucleya was in no hurry to finish his EP, he admits the project posed its own set of challenges. “Ideally, when you make Electronic Dance Music, you have a reference point. Here I was attempting to do something that nobody has done before so I didn’t quite have a reference point. Also, since I’ve incorporated a whole lot of sounds and music popular in South India, I had to research on the kind of instruments they use, what tempo these instruments are played at on various occasions, etc. And I singlehandedly recreated those sounds on the keyboard,” Nucleya says, adding: “I enjoyed every challenge that came my way.”

The EP features a mix of collaborations including one with Southern talent Chinnaponnu of Coke Studio@MTV fame. Their track “Bell Gadi” is the unlikely confluence of two distinct aural textures, Chinnaponnu’s Tamil lyrics and Nucleya’s basslines. “I stumbled upon a video of her and I just knew I had to work with her. I had Chinnaponnu tracked down, managed to get an hour’s appointment with her in Chennai, was the only one who was conversing in English there, but we made brilliant music together in the little time that we had. She is super talented,” Nucleya says.

This music producer is already being noticed by the bigwigs in Bollywood, so much so ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’, which released earlier this year, had a special ‘stomp’ version of the title track and a video featuring Nucleya. “Making music for Bollywood is different and fun. The limitations come in the form of having creative freedom restricted to the framework of the script but working on such projects is enjoyable,” he states.

In August 2013, Nucleya joined Indian-American musician, producer and composer, Karsh Kale, to host the second season of popular TV show, MTV Sound Trippin’. The two artistes travelled across the country, searching for sounds and collaborating with local artistes.

Over the past few years, Nucleya has been a regular feature at Indian festivals like Eristoff Invasion, Sunburn and the Bacardi NH7 Weekender. Looking ahead, apart from the Koocha Monster release tour, Nucleya will launch a special video for the track “Akkad Bakkad”, also featured on his EP. “In the meanwhile, I’m in talks with a couple of Bollywood directors and have also been asked to design a track for a big F&B company,” he wraps up.

Koocha Monster is available for free download from www.nucleya.com. Nucleya will be playing in Bangalore at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender on November 24.

NEETI SARKAR

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