First edition of Disrupt launches tonight at a popular Khar restaurant
The first edition of Disrupt, a one-day music festival that will take place across three stages at a popular Khar venue, launches tonight
The first edition of Disrupt, a one-day music festival that will take place across three stages at a popular Khar venue, launches tonight. Apart from a host of homegrown acts including Zokhuma and EZ Riser, it features two international headliners -- Italian producer Clap! Clap! and British grime exponent Preditah. We caught up with Preditah, who is from Birmingham, ahead of the gig and asked him how the UK city has influenced his music and what his take on the sounds of the future is. Edited excerpts from the interview.
Why do you think that the UK is where a lot of modern electronic genres, such as dubstep and grime, originate from?
It's because we created them taking different genres like garage, drum 'n' bass and jungle, and making our own form of music out of it. That's pretty much how it came about, especially grime -- it just came from us interpreting different genres in our own way.
How has growing up in Birmingham, a multicultural city with a rich musical heritage, influenced you as a musician?
The music scene in Birmingham is also multicultural and everyone is from different walks of life. As a musician, you have to adapt to that as well. So, I don't make just one style of music. I'm surrounded by different environments and cultures, all in one city, and that reflects in my music.
Do you find that metal music, which Birmingham is famous for fostering, and other non-electronic genres are gradually losing relevance in the city?
I can't really speak on that because I don't listen to that music. But, what I will say is that in terms of streaming, the biggest songs in the UK are grime or hip-hop tracks. That kind of shows what everyone is listening to right now.
Are there any new electronic sounds/genres that you think will be the big breakthrough hits in the near future?
Worldwide, I would say that the whole Afro-bashment sound is getting bigger, and I think that it will continue to spread since it's easy on the ears. It's not too electronic, so everyone can appreciate it.
How aware are you about the electronic music scene in India? And what are the takeaways you are hoping for from your trip to the country?
I'm not too aware of the music scene in India. In Birmingham, there used to be a really big bhangra scene going on. So, I do appreciate bhangra music. Being here, I'm going to observe everything and apply it to my music. So, I can't wait.
On Tonight, 5 pm onwards
At Khar Social, Rohan Plaza, Khar West.
Entry Rs 472 onwards