A fun chat with Mumbai based DJ & producer Mr Shantanu who creates music under the monikers ‘Smg‘ and ‘kSaya‘ (Pronounced Saya).

‘Smg’ is inspired and influenced by modern electronic music forms whereas ‘kSaya’ focuses on a fusion between Indian classical music and western electronic dance music.

Under ‘Smg’ Shantanu just released his single titled ‘Walk’ on 26th June 2020. The track is a smooth tropical pop song with rich Indian guitar melodies and lush vocals. It’s the perfect summer track to give you beach vibes.

Shantanu has been working on a 4 track ambient EP titled ‘Feelings’. He says ‘Feelings revolves around my journey of being at an all time low and how I had to face my feelings, how I was deeply affected and how I’ve overcome many of them today. The EP also focuses on what lies ahead and what he is looking forward to. 

His newest single titled ‘Walk’ is a story of two people completely living as one entity and almost attached emotionally and physically basically signifying that for each one of us there is someone who we never separate from yourself. Walk is a story of that person. 

Listen to Walk below –

The track was recorded in a studio in Mumbai owned by Prasad Gaitonde. We used an AKG C241 microphone for all the acoustic recordings in the song. 

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With “kSaya” Shantanu has released a track called ‘Todi’ with Prasad Gaitonde who is a prominent percussionist and tabla player. The track is influenced by Indian classical textures and modern electronic house music.

Listen to Todi below –

He’s been heavily influenced by an obscure CD of an album called ‘Anokha – Soundz of the Asian Underground’ which is a collaborative project of renowned artists such as Talvin Singh, AR Rahman, Osmani Soundz, State of Bengal, etc. This led him into the rabbit hole of discovering more about the Asian Underground Society of fusion Indian music and varied influences. This is the core of his project ‘kSaya’ and he’s already ready to share his new track called ‘Ae Ri Sakki’ which is a fusion of Sufi and Electronic music. As “kSaya” he wishes to introduce the sounds of Asian Underground to a wider audience of a new form of world and fusion music.

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Some of his favourite Indian artists are – Talvin Singh, Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, Bandish Projekt and Amit Trivedi.

Talvin Singh produced the musical score of the documentary ‘Kekee Manzil by filmmakers Behroze Gandhy and Dilesh Korya.

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