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Kommissar cometh

DJ Kommissar . Photo: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Email

Kommissar, DJ and founding member of Leeds-based High Pressure Sound System, rocked visitors at Café Morrison with his electrifying tunes. Connoisseurs in reggae, dub, jungle and dubstep, one cannot pigeonhole the group into a definite music genre. Barely six years old, High Pressure Sound System is globetrotting all over. The group was in India last week as part of its South-East Asian tour. Excerpts from the interview with Chris Wharton (or DJ Kommissar), who really lets his music do the talking for him.

In a nutshell, what is High Pressure Sound System? Describe the music that you strive to push.

High Pressure Sound System is a collection of like-minded people who have a strong passion for bass-driven music and who want to add good vibes to a party with the music it plays. In 2004, two of my friends and I acquired a 1K sound system and decided to put on a night. The night was a success, so more followed, along with the addition of more bass boxes. That's how our group came into existence. The name ‘High Pressure Sound System' also has an interesting story behind it. The top bass and high-pressure sounds that we produce give a sunshine-like feeling of good weather and skies.

What have been your influences and inspiration as an artist over the years?

Our music has been inspired by a lot of old Jamaican music of the 1960s and ‘70s. Other artists and groups that have influenced us are Trojan, Sound System and Channel One, which we have practically grown up listening to. We focus on artistes from Europe and South America.

Describe the music culture in Leeds.

Music is the factor that takes me back to Leeds every time. I have grown up in an environment where I had a lot of vibrant underground music around me. The music culture of Leeds is inspired by a lot of different communities, like Asian, Chinese, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, so you get a bit of music of the whole world.

What are the Could you acquaint us with the pros and cons of being an international DJ?

Whenever we go on tour, we are curious about the clubs there, as every country has a different partying culture. Like in India, I didn't feel the pressure of playing the latest tracks, and the crowd being full of energy, my Indian experience turned out to be very refreshing. I genuinely believe that it's not the music you hear in a club, but the music playing on a street that describes a country's true music. And the more sounds I expose myself to, the more I start thinking on how I can hum them my way. I can't think of any cons, but sometimes we have a fear of getting sub-standard sound systems that could be a rip-off.

How has your music has evolved over the years?

We started off by playing gigs in clubs. Back then, we were trying to do something but were just new to the scene. With experience, we have now understood what the audience expects from us. We know when to relax and calm them, and also when to build up the pressure. We now try to establish a connect with our listeners and can mould ourselves according to them.

What are your future plans?

Right now, we are working on our first record label, which would be completed by next year. Apart from the album, we have planned a tour to Europe next.

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