'The audience has evolved in India'

Three questions with Madboy/Mink Electro Cabaret-Disco-Funk duo

What has been the thought behind your EP Union Farm’s title?
Saba: They are lyrics from our song, Powders (one of the four songs on the EP). We didn’t want to have a story behind it and then have people assume and expect something specific.

Imaad Shah and Saba Azad
Imaad Shah and Saba Azad

Imaad: Just like we feel about our music, we didn’t want to be bracketed. People like to label us as a Swing or Funk band, but there’s more. The songs in our EP, too, have various elements. There’s Cabaret, 1070s-style Indian Disco in the song Sharabi; we have also been inspired by Rock from the 1980s. We listen to The Black Keys a lot, so there is a dirtier guitar addition to the kind of music we have been doing until now.

You have been a part of the Indie music scene. How did you end up composing for a Bollywood film (Calcutta Kiss, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!)?
Imaad: Dibakar (Banerjee, director) had been listening to our songs. One morning, he approached us to compose for the film.

What’s your take on the Indie music scene here?
Saba: In the past few years, the scene has changed for the good, immensely. We tour at festivals all year. There is no particular festival period; artistes are busy all the time. India, today, is a good place for Indie artistes. Not that it is easier in India but internationally, there is even more competition, and they know that India shares a big pie. Because of the Internet, radio and TV channels, you have a wider audience. You can upload a song and someone in Finland will be listening to it too. Though the audience plays a big part in it too. The audience has evolved in India, and increased too.

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