ARJUN VAGALE

Where are you currently based?

I’m actually between homes (as usual) Shifting base from New Delhi to Goa, but i’m now very much based in India.

For those not already familiar with your sound, how would you describe your music genre?

Raw, tough and always for the dancefloor.

How did you get into music?

I’ve been obsessed with music since I was very young. When I was in school, I was part of many bands playing the trumpet of marching drums, then graduated to the Guitar & Piano. My teens were my heavy Metal days, and eventually heard electronic music when I was 14/15 and i’ve been hooked ever since.

What are you working on right now, do you have any big release or gigs lined up?

Its been a busy few months. I just got done with Sonar in BCN and Awakenings in Holland. I’m heading to Japan this weekend. Release wise, i’ve been concentrating mostly on my own ODD Recordings label, but I just contributed a track on Pan-Pot’s Second State VA release – SUM2. Next up is a remix EP with Kaiserdisco & Sasha Carassi. That will be followed up with a solo EP. All this is on ODD!

Tell us a little about your writing process when it comes to making music?

Its changed a lot over the years to be honest. I’m now mostly working on hardware, so I just switch on all my machines and jam for hours, recording everything I do. I then hear the recordings and cut parts of it to form a track. Its a fun way to make music, and I really enjoy it, coz it has a degree of unpredictability, and the tracks are a bit unpolished – which I think is super cool!

What is your gear setup, did you use any specialist bits of equipment?

Like I said, its mostly hardware based. I use Ableton as a recording platform. I have a Roland TR 909 (most of my drums apart from the kick come from this). My modular synth – its a work in progress as i’m always adding new modules, but I absolutely love it and am totally addicted. The sounds that one gets out of this is crazy! I also have a MFB Tanzbar that I sometimes use. MY 303 clone, the Acid Lab Bassline is being used a lot these days. I also love hardware sequencers and have a few of them. Apart from that I have a bunch of hardware our-board gear (Neve Saturation, Elektron Analog Heat etc) I use to process all these sounds.

Outside of music what are your other interests, and did any of those influence your sound?

Well .. i’m totally obsessed with music, so I don’t do much else BUT I do cook a little, and I find it very therapeutic – cooking is like an art-form, and in a way, when you mix ingredients you create something new – similar to making music I guess!

What can we expect for the future?

I’m touring like crazy at the moment, and i’m super excited to visit Australia in September for the first time. We are still working on dates, but it should be 2 weeks long, so i’ll get to see a bit of the country, not just the clubs. I’m also taking some time off next month to get back in the studio, and to move home to Goa, which i’m very looking forward to!

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