One of the few dubstep and electronic dance music collectives in India, the trio Mental Martians, experiments with music and visuals in a way not many do. All three belong to different cities but perform regularly in Delhi now. Piyush Bhatnagar, the vocalist, talks about their music and its ‘mentality’.What sort of music can we expect from you?
We play drum & bass which is a sub genre of electronic dance music (EDM).
How did the three of you come together?
The two of us, Sarvesh and me, knew each other since long and we met Tarang (our percussionist) and formed Mental Martians.
Why this name?
It sounded cool. Also, we always have a mental time when we’re together.
What do you think people remember the most about your gigs?
The energy, the music, the vibes and the experience.
How is it to perform in Delhi?
We’ve performed in the Capital quite a few times and it has been great. We’ve performed at multiple venues.
What do you think of the dubstep music scene in India?
The dubstep music scene is quite convoluted in terms of the number of producers making dubstep and playing it out. Now, it’s kind of mainstream too, but it is still evolving.
What, according to you, has been the most inspiring song/event/artist for the band?
New music from our favourite artists is always inspiring. It brings in a new wave of thoughts and inspiration. We dig artists like Wilkinson, The Prototypes, Dub Phizix, Metrik, DC Breaks and Bassnectar, among others.
If you could play at any gig in the world, it would be...
At the Ultra Music festival in Miami.
What has been the best moment for you?
We were playing for a crowd of 3000 people in Ahmedabad as part of a college’s annual concert last year. This gig was a proper concert-size performance with a concert size rig and a huge sound system. The response we got was great. That was a very memorable time for us.
If not musicians, you would be...
Define your music in one word.
Making music or listening to music, what do you enjoy more and why?
When we listen to music, we not only enjoy the sounds that we perceive but also sub consciously analyse and study how it is been crafted. When we’re making music, it is crucially important to understand what would sound good to the audience and which sounds would fit together and make the whole package sound interesting.
Catch them live
What: Mental Martians, Third anniversary tour
Timing: 8 pm onwards
Where: Tarami’s Rasta Lounge, 30A, Hauz Khas Village
NEAREST METRO STATION: Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line