Audio Glitch‘s Pratik Umrigar and Chaitanya Gaikwad are Pune boys – friends who discovered a mutual love for music and put together a home studio. And in 2010, Audio Glitch was born. Over the years, they’ve acquired a steadily-growing fan base across Maharashtra and Goa and now the POA is to take their tunes across the country.
#QueMag sat down with them to talk about their view of the ever-evolving Indian music scene.
When did you start DJing and what were your early passions and influence?
We have always been extremely passionate about music. After a few years of listening to the most amazing techno artists such as Dubfire, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Oliver Huntemann live, and attending numerous festivals and parties, we got involved in making our own music. We met some extremely talented homegrown artistes, had a go on the decks and never looked back.
Do you believe in the idea of ‘reading an audience’ before performing a set?
That’s an important skill for a DJ. You should be flexible – you don’t always know what vibe the club will have, and you should be able to roll with whatever happens. One should be prepared to test different sounds to see what works.
If you could get stuck in the music scene of one particular year, which year would it be?
It has to be the music scene this year, especially in India. It’s been absolutely amazing. The audience for underground music has been on the rise, which is why we have seen the most brilliant artistes like Oliver Huntemann, John Digweed, Carlo Ruetz, Sam Paganini, Boris Brejcha, Ramiro Lopez and many more come to India this year. We are extremely pumped for December, as we are going to catch all our favourite underground artistes live.
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What would you say is unique about your DJing style?
Our music has a lot of dark, minimal influences with heavy groovy bass-lines.
What is the one track you never get tired of playing or hearing?
We never get bored of hearing Korrado by Matador and playing Decals by Nuno Lisboa.
What is that one track that got so popular that you’re sick of it?
Lean On by Major Lazer. The song is an absolute nightmare to hear.
Where do you think the club scene is heading?
We think it’s going in a more subdued underground direction. With the number of amazing new places opening every day, and with so many talented underground artists and producers coming up, the clubbing scene is headed in a very bright and exciting direction. We also feel that parties will soon become about the overall experience – from music to visuals and the works – to give clubbers an experience to remember each time they party.
You can listen to Audio Glitch’s music at: https://soundcloud.com/audio-glitch
This interview is part of a series of Q&As with artistes who’re playing new, interesting sounds that represent a young India.
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