Delhi boy Sahej Bakshi has had one of the fastest rising careers the city has noticed in recent times. He entered the music scene in 2010 with a completely different sound, but one that was easy on the ears. Better known as Dualist Inquiry, Bakshi is releasing his first album, Doppleganger, in the city today with an all India tour. “The industry has been growing at the same pace as things have been growing for me. So I’ve been lucky to not find this too challenging. I’ve also been lucky to find an audience that is willing to listen to original music and a steady stream of gigs,” says Bakshi. So was the journey challenging? “What’s been challenging is that as an artist, it’s important to keep evolving and growing at all times, and at a personal level, it has taken a lot of work and discipline in the studio to put my album together,” he adds.
Bakshi is known for taking an innovative and fresh take on electronica music, borrowing from genres as wide as rock, gitch-hop and dubstep to create a sound that’s his own. “It wasn’t planned, because you can’t plan such a thing. It’s my take on electronic and these songs are my version of electronic music. If people think the sounds are fresh, that’s great, but not something I planned,” says Bakshi.
A pukka Delhiite at heart, Bakshi agrees with the perception that Delhi inspires artists. “There are a lot of venues open to gigs here and also a great electronic music crowd. It indeed is a great breeding ground for artists. The number of artists who have emerged out of Delhi speaks for that,” he adds. Talking about his album, Baskhi says, “I’ve been working on the album for the last six months, and I’m so excited to finally launch it. I ended up writing around 40-45 songs, from which I chose nine songs that’ll make up this album. I wanted a fair representation of my initial sounds as well as slightly different sounds.”
Catch him live
What: Dualist Inquiry live
Where: Blue Frog, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli
Timing: 10pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on the yellow line