Sasha Perera, the lead vocalist of the bass-heavy electronica trio Jahcoozi talks about their music and their performance as part of the Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities
Why this name?
We wanted to have a different name, so we came up with this. The name is ambiguous and still has an unique and simple identity to it. The name symbolises pop culture along with classical identity. Our music is as original as the phonetic imagination of our name.
How did the trio come together?
I was always into electronic music. But when I met these two producers and multi-instrumentalists—Teuton Robot Koch and Oren Gerlitz in Berlin in 2002, I was convinced that we should come together and record some music. And we have been enjoying it ever since.
The scene for electronic music is growing in the country. What is your sense of it?
This genre of music has so much in it, that it’s for everybody. The music form is not only energetic but also has a full house of entertainment. It has a mixture of different elements, I am glad that youngsters are understanding the genre.
Will the Delhi audience get to listen songs such as Black Barbie and Fish?
Of course, why not! While our playlist will include a mix of tracks from our remixes and collaborations with other artists, we will sure be performing the remixed version of our track, Black Barbie.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of India?
To be very honest, the first thing that comes to my mind is the film, Mother India. I have watched many Indian films and this is one movie that I can not get out of my head. Also, an experience that I had in Delhi in past has taught me to shut up!
What is unique to your music?
We deliver our very own mongrel style of avant-garde and electronic pop music. This is what is unique to our music.
What makes the three of you click?
I think its music and just music. Three of us spend the maximum time listening to music on our iPods. The passion and the will to entertain the audience keeps us together.
They’re there at the same night
Mathias Stubøo band
Proviant Audio (aka Mathijazz) is 18-year-old drummer/multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and DJ Mathias Stubø from Norway. Audio blends retro funk, disco and soul with modern electronic music into a warm, eclectic north european blend. He won the Artist of the Week award on Norway’s national radio network at the age of 14. He has been building a solid reputation for his live performances and has two albums to his credit.
The late eighties heard a low rumble of a cultural breakthrough in the music industry in India. A lone woman travelled to India to discover her roots and realise the Indian connection to her soul. Though not limited by one genre, she is passionate about electronic music. The African born DJ has been featured at some of India’s premier EDM events, including Smirnoff Experience, Bar 21, Sunburn Festival, Global and Groove Festival.
Watch it live
What: 100 Pipers India Music Week — performances by music groups from around the country
Where: Circa 1193, 1580/1, Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli
Timings: 10pm onwards
When: November 19
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on the Yellow Line