SYEDA FARIDASYEDA FARIDA
Coming to India is like a door we have walked into Lopez
What do you get when you mix some Spanish riffs, country song writing skills, turntabling and Portuguese flavour? Plus the adaptability to hop genres? Well, meet Flipsyde, the Oakland act that is basking in the success of their debut cover We The People touted as the Best Hip Hop Album of the Year by Washington Post as well as the new single Happy Birthday that is riding music waves these days. Their earlier track Someday was chosen as the theme song for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Currently in town for a gig at Treasure Islands as part of their second India tour Flipsyde throws light on their no form genre with a, "our music is like water. When we toured with Snoop Dogg, we rocked the audience with our gangsta rap. And it was hip-hop with Black Eyed Peas. Next we toured for a rock fest and came back to gangsta rap," says front man and guitarist Dave Lopez. The USP of the band is not just the diverse music they produce but also their vivid mix as a band. Vocalist Steve Knight worked with an independent label in Alabama. Rapper MC Piper was born to a Brazilian father and learnt Portuguese and has a solo rap cover to his credit. Dave Lopez was born and raised in Chile and plans to "cut a Spanish album sometime". While DJ D-Sharp has toured with numerous artists and has produced several underground stacks not forgetting mixes. Ask him about remixes and one find he is elated. "As part of our India tour a remixed version of our song, an Indian version, was released. It is better than the original," says D-Sharp.
With the success of Bollywood flicks such as Bluffmaster, are they looking for similar collaborations? "We observed that rock is been used in Indian film music as also hip hop and rap. We are open to working on music score for Indian cinema. Coming to India is like a door we have walked into," says Lopez as the group is enthused by Indian music currently. "The culture is different from where we come from. People inspire us. Political figures and actors inspire us. At the moment we are working on an Indian track that you will probably find on our next cover that will be in the stores in 2007," says Knight.But for now they are doing what they are good at- flipping music the way the audience wants it, during their India tour.