CEOL Festival Special: In Conversation With Tatva K

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This April will be quite a busy month for this writer. From eating out the spring special menus at restaurants to attending Bihu programmes and hosting Assamese food pop-ups at home, there’s a lot to do.

However, apart from these, I am also looking forward to CEOL Festival to be held at Adventure Island, Rohini on April 17. The festival that has Indeep Bakshi and Tatva K lined-up as part of the live performances is expected to see a huge number of visitors, considering the venue being fantastic too!

You read about Indeep Bakshi’s inspirations, upcoming works, favourite artists and more when we caught him up prior to his show at Warehouse Café, Gurgaon; today we present you the chat we had with DJ Tatva K, popular for his show “Naacho Pancho” on Zabardast Hit 95 FM.

Tatva K has been enchanting the world with his music from a very early age. One of the pioneers of the Indian Electronic Music scene during its nascent years, Tatva’s latest release as music producer of Bollywood cult film, The Blueberry Hunt sees a lot of electronica elements in the sound.

In the past, he had collaborated with several national and international artists including Euphoria’s Palash Sen who lent his voice in TaTvA K’s track, ‘Badri Re Prabhu Ram’ which was featured in Vayuputras, the first ever soundtrack for a book series, Shiva Trilogy; Juggy D in ‘We Are Punjabi’ which was on Top 100 iTunes India chart for over eight months.

Now, with his latest official refix releases of Badshah’s hit track, ‘Wakhra Swag’ as well as Ranjit Bawa’s hit, ‘Yaari Chandigarh Waaliye’, Tatva is riding high in the industry.

In a personal interaction with the artist, I got to know about his early influences, challenges in DJing, favourite records, and more.

  1. When did you start DJing and what or who were your early passions and influences?

I started off DJing back in 2004 when the electronic music scene in India was in its infancy. My early influence ranged from Infected Mushroom to Baba Sehgal with a dash of Bon Jovi and Euphoria. I have always believed that ‘All music is good music’.

  1. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

One has to be the track, ‘Badri Re’ which was part of the ‘Oath Of The Vayaputras’ album for the famous ‘Shiva Trilogy’ books written by dear friend Amish. The other would be Zabardast Hit 95 FM; it gave me the platform to showcase my talent to the people out there for which I can’t thank the team at Zabardast enough!

Also, it has to be the crew which I have assembled which has been and will always be the spine to my success.

  1. What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music that makes it interesting for you?

As a DJ, it has to be interacting with the crowd and making them dance and enjoy the night. So much music is readily available in today’s time with a few clicks that people might want this track or that, balancing it with what you wanna play and what they wanna hear is the key. While, as a producer, when you are in the studio it is that one place where you are at peace with everything. And peace leads to good music production and keeps me happy.

Both, DJing and production are like lock and key; can’t do without each other.

  1. What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

That is an easy one, has to be A CHILLED BEER [giggles]. I feel the vibe in the head before going up on stage is utmost important.

  1. How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach?

It’s all about the music. You gotta stay true to yourself and the music in order to love and enjoy music as well as maintain a balance between what you love and what is viable on mass level.

  1. What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criterion other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?

It’s the feel and the vibe of the venue, and the crowd of course. Every venue, every show with different production, every set of crowd has their own vibe which dictates the set list for the night.

  1. What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?

It is very important. It is what defines your character, musically.

  1. From collaborations with several national and international artists to being the face of Naacho Pancho Nights on Zabardast Hit 95 FM, and making your presence as music producer in Bollywood, how do you see your journey so far?

The journey has just begun. It has been challenging yet enjoyable! I would like to thank my fans & Zabardast Hit 95 FM for their constant love and support.

  1. Your life has traversed the globe, where do you feel you belong now? How do you identify yourself?

I belong where I belong, right here at the heart of India’s music Industry.

I want to be identified as ‘TaTvA K’ the genre bending/fusing musician.

  1. Your latest official refix releases of Badshah’s hit track, ‘Wakhra Swag’ as well as Ranjit Bawa’s hit, ‘Yaari Chandigarh Waaliye have seen excellent responses. Would you like to share with us about your upcoming and ongoing works and what can the audience expect from those?

I would like to thank the people out there who have loved my work so much. My future tracks include a very different refix of Ayushman Khuraana’s ‘Mitti Di Khushboo’ and a brand new album which has very different sounds and features great friends and artistes auch as Indeep Bakshi, Gitaz Bindrakhia, Bee2, Shilpa Sharda and Hilsa Mishra.

  1. Three records that changed your life and why/how?

There’re four records. Dhoom by Euphoria, Never Mind by Nirvana, Nothing But The Beat by David Guetta, and Blood & Mercy by Yellow Claw.

  1. Who would you really love to work with that you haven’t yet?

Honey Singh, Manasi Scott, Jenny Johal and Yellow Claw.

  1. What do you have to say to your fans?

Stay zabardast. Keep supporting. Aap hain toh hum hain … sunte rahiye Zabardast Hit 95 FM and zor se bolo #burrraaahhhhh!


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