Today on who music we are happy to speak to Hamza Rahimtula, lets find out a little bit more about this amazing artist…
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
I am on my way back from Vienna via Jeddah. Heading to New Delhi back to my studio to start working on a new album. My day was in the plane. Was fascinating to see the changes in Saudi Arabia while transiting here. Have a close friend here so stopped by for a couple of days. Sooo many changes happening here. It’s great to see this country open up for the youth. Even electronic music is staring here. Crazy!! Who would have thought!
When did the idea for your new record take shape?
During lockdown I had an idea to start the Banjara Series project and focus each LP on a specific geographical location. I picked countries I had travelled to and that inspire me musically and here we are today. The 5th Banjara Series “India” is finally out worldwide on my label “Wind Horse Records”
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind it?
Banjara Series India is an LP that focuses melding rare instruments found in India with deep tech grooves. The idea is to focus on elements of indian music that have a hypnotic quality and make tracks that have both a cerebral and physical character to them. I want people to feel the power of Indian Percussions and I want People to meditate on the floor with the musical elements. My goal is to create a one hour dance meditation journey.
Who is inspiring you most right now?
Harry Romero is one of my Fav Producers. Audio Werner is my all time hero. Love Moodena too. Nigel Perrera, Unnayanaa, Stalvart John & Farhan Rehman. Marcelo Cura, Cantos & Kali G
Where would you say your sound sits, firmly in one genre or a mixture?
My sound in the Banjara India LP does not fit anywhere. The grooves are close to Deep Tech House but because there are so many music elements present, the LP will not get any traction in the deep tech charts . My sound is too groovy for the organic house category so it is a misfit there too. This LP is not that deep so it can’t go there either. So I would just say it’s a mix of shades of house music. It’s fun to confuse people and throw them off guard and make them think but it’s also weird when you are a high quality misfit. In other words when I made Banjara Mail and Spain, I was all over the top 100 because it was Afro house and Latin House, but when I put out Tibet and India, the stores did not know where to place me but the feedback I was getting from the promos and people was insane.
I am here to put new ideas out and give people some food for thought! They may or may not like it but I am really pleased that I am able to make my style of music and not merely follow trends. I hope, some day people will truly appreciate the experimentation!
How do you see the music scene at the moment?
The Music scene needs to become a fair industry based on strong ethnics and regulations. Right now the producers are not paid properly and are like a side show. Just a handful of Dj’s keep playing everywhere and this whole Insta revolution has becoming a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you can promote your music much easier than before, and a curse because people are promoting themselves and becoming famous DJ’s without being really good at their craft. They have just become good at social media. As a result there is a lot of mediocre music out there. The industry needs to become a more fair place to earn a living. Hope programs like Aslice make a difference.
Tell us something about your current or future projects?
A New Lp with Selekta Recordings
Banjara Series Arabia on Wind Horse
New Album with the Rajasthan Folkstars (who are gypsy musicians from the north western desert region of India called Rajasthan)
New Ep on Lump
New Ep on Open Bar
New Ep on Kolour
New Ep on Good For You Records
New Ep on Ocha with Cantos
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