Shamik Interview


Photos by Kelly Jacob

  1. What are you working on right now?

 Keeping busy at the moment. The latest release on my label, Sensing Waves, just came out. I have been training in Vancouver for the past year to become a voice actor. I just finished my commercial demo, so I’m getting ready to start auditioning for things on
line. I have a bunch of new beats on the go for a few different projects as well. It’s been a good year, and I’m just getting everything in order this month to keep the momentum going into 2017.


 2. What was some of your earliest musical influences?

 My sister and I grew up singing in our religious organization, so music has been around since I was very young. It’s great because I had roots in traditional Indian music, and was also heavily influenced by 80’s & 90’s Western pop culture. I had tapes, listened to my dad’s records (everything from Stevie Wonder to Santana), and used to borrow music out of the public library. I was pretty into Michael Jackson w
hen I was a kid. I remember seeing footage of his concerts when Thriller and Bad came out thinking he was the coolest entertainer in the world. I listened to the radio a lot and watched MuchMusic. I used to record audio from the radio and listen to it over and over again. My sister used to record all the Much programs to VHS, and we’d watch those repeatedly too.

  1. How long have you been making music?

 All in all, I have been performing my whole life and I released my first album in 2006. I have been beatboxing for about 15 years. I started performing at underground shows around 2002, proper shows in 2005, international in 2007. I started producing in 2012. When I was a kid and teenager, I also sang and played tablas.

  1. What inspires you?

 Music and nature. My day to day involves listening to records and looking for music online. So not much has changed since the VHS days haha. Everything is just a bit more accessible now.

Living on the west coast with mountains and ocean around me keeps me motivated and inspired.

Photography is another one of my passions, so I try to go out and take photos every week all over the city. I’ve been in BC for 8 years now and am always discovering new places.

Ideas inspire me as well. I tend to take on a few projects at a time, so I’m usually excited while I’m in the different stages of creation.


  1. What changes would you like to see to the music industry to make it more profitable?

 I hope things comes full circle again and more people pay for music. Bandcamp releases, physical copies, concert tickets. It’s all already happening, but I hope it increases even more. I know Spotify and Apple Music are pretty convenient, and there is value to being easily discoverable…but I hope there’s more people seeking out stuff instead of hoping a playlist will do the work.


        6 . What would you like to do more of?  Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

 I want to keep focusing on Too Attached. The project challenges me to get betToo Attached press shot.jpgter as a producer and write songs differently. I think what Vivek and I are doing is pretty fun and freeing, so I look forward to our growth. I would like my Channeling India series to get noticed in the UK. Some of the best Indian electronic pioneers are from the UK, and I looked up to them when I made Channeling India vol 1. It would be great to share my music out there where there is a huge Indian community. I still feel like the series has somehow gone over a lot of people’s heads, but I’m sure there will still be a volume 3 down the road. My ideal life would be making music, getting booked as a voice actor, getting better at photography, and building on my label. I would love to have more money to spend on Sensing Waves, doing physical releases when there is even more interest, and putting more energy into the visual components. I haven’t toured overseas since 2012, so I would love to take my music internationally again and also tour more with my sister. I also aspire to keep attaining more balance in my life. It can be difficult to navigate having so many goals, so I hope I can live life more seamlessly. At the moment, it’s kind of a healthy chaos.

  1. What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

 Make goals. Short term and long term. I have a whiteboard on my wall kind of like a to do list. I write on it weekly and cross things out as I go. I find that it’s very much like keeping my eyes on the prize, or having a daily reminder of what I’m working towards. Many times my short term goals are what I need to accomplish to attain my long term goals.

Invest in your career. Your art is your own small business, and you have to spend money to make money. It’s like you are the plant and you are also watering it. Make art because you want to and for yourself. If you have the idea within you, then that’s all you need to begin. Focusing on the results or what people will think can leave you lost or distracted. It doesn’t matter how old you are or if you’re just starting out. You are on your own timeline.

Apply for everything. A lot of my early success came from applying for every festival, sending my CD to promoters in the mail, and spending time reading about events. If you don’t get booked or accepted, keep applying!

Embrace your day job. I know a lot of my peers who have quit their day jobs, and found a way to make art full time. All the power to them. However, if you are funding all your personal projects through working, you have to find a way to be content at work. I used to look at my job as a burden or time wasted, but now I am grateful to have the means to make it all happen. It’s good to have a safety net. I also think it’s great to keep increasing your skills. You might get really good at one thing and want to pursue that…but sometimes having several skills can lead to multiple incomes down the road. I have been teaching myself Ableton Live, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro all via the internet. DIY!!


  1. What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?

 I can’t speak for everyone, but I think my biggest mistake would be not believing in myself. I have had a lot of ups and downs in my career. After every tour or release I’ve wanted more even if things were great. Other times, I’ve felt like a vision was overlooked or failed. I think once I turned the 10 year corner of my music career, my faith was renewed. I know now that I just have to keep putting in work. I didn’t think I could become a producer. I thought I would have to spend all this money on gear and making a studio. Now that I have a studio in my place (after steadily buying stuff over the years), it feels pretty natural. I can’t sit and regret not getting here sooner, but I know that I can do a lot if I keep going for it.


  1. I saw Too Attached when you played in Edmonton, and I loved it! What can we expect from Too Attached in the future?

Cheers man. This past summer we did 3 dates with Lal, and played at Pride in Toronto…and we recently did 7 dates opening for Tegan & Sara across Canada. I have been working on a bunch of beats for Vivek, and she has sent me some demos as well. It’s a unique dynamic being in a sibling duo with me in Vancouver and her in Toronto…so we have been sending each other ideas via the internet. We are hoping to spend the next few months writing new material, and we should have a new album out in the fall of next year. This past tour was our focus for most of September and October, so it will be nice to make music again. Our first EP was created with us handling our parts in our own cities, but I will most likely go to Toronto next year…so we can complete the album there together.


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Photos by Kelly Jacob


Nada Deva Interview

 What are you working on right now? 

Currently, I am in the middle of writing a 3 track EP for BioWare. My tracks will be featured in the game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” The music could be be playing in 3 different game hubs. The Aya race outdoor area, the humanoid club, or in an intergalactic pirate bar.



 Were you influenced by any old tapes/cds? In what way?
I’ve been listening to Global Underground featuring Deep Dish recorded live in Moscow since the year 2000. This is the set that got me deep into the realm of electronic music. To this day I listen, to these sets annually. The progressive and nostalgic sounds have been timeless and appeals most to me during the fall. This set still inspires me to this day.
 How long have you been making music? 
I’ve been dabbling into production for years but didn’t start to seriousAH20161.jpgly produce music until 2012. This was the year of after the death of my mom. I wrote the album “Life after death” soon afterwards. The album represents the hard fight my mom had and the aftermath of my personal healing to follow.
 What changes would you like to see to the music industry to make it more profitable? 
This is hard to say. Every year the music has been changing radically from a traditional supply and demand of record sales to 360 artist branding. Hopefully it will be easier for artists to get on streaming platforms like spotify to make a profit.
 What would you like to do more of? 
Using more analog synths. Currently I am using software synths but thinking about getting a virus synth.
 Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
To be still producing music on a regular. Some people take pictures but I like to write music. A song that I write is like a personal time capsule. Every time I listen to one of my older songs, It brings be back to the era of my life of when i made the track.
I loved your set at Astral Harvest this year, can we expect this as a new direction for Nada Deva? It seemed like there was a lot more bass house in the mix. 
Yes! We are still on a Nu Disco and Brazilian bass tip but we are always actively still the UK garage and bass house vibes. Over the years, we try not to conform to a single genre but take the elements we love about hot/current genres and just build sets to our personal liking. We have been getting more into tech house.
How did you get involved with Astral Harvest? What are your responsibilities? 
I can’t remember what year to be exact but I will guess 2003/4.  My friend’s older brother “Bron Wells” (Catch the beat (CJSR)), was playing at the infamous “GOMP” event Intox 2. I showed up with vinyl to play the open decks with success! From then, I started hanging out with the crew and start playing at the afterparties and eventually joined GOMP. The original volunteers of Gomp was a group of friends that was ended up forming “Techno Hippy Crew”. They started with a handful of hall parties, a couple of bar nights and eventually threw the first Astral Harvest music festival. Within the first year, i was involved as an artist and a wakachan volunteer. Not until year 2 I joined up and started playing different roles over the years. I currently work with the talent team on bookings and programming.
What are some of the most important factors for artists applying for Astral Harvest?
Focus on your craft and all aspects behind your branding. We look at the relevance, social media, if they are a serious artist. Do they have a local or internet following? If they post a mix, is it mastered? In a world of 1000s+ bedroom Djs, we like to support artists that are taking their craft to the next level.
What can we expect from Astral Harvest this year? Any teasers or updates you’d like to share?
A general re vamp of the programming, headliners in the manor and more of a psy/prog presence . Also expect a couple of new crew showcases.

Marcus Visionary Remix Review

This week, I’ve got a brand new Remix EP from Marcus Visionary feat. Steppa Side, with flashy tracks by Phatcat (Future Roots, Edmonton) alongside two Dirty Skank Beats bangers. Marcus Visionary, the legendary Drum n Bass producer from Toronto, is well known for his Jungle n Ragga work, both nationally and globally. This remix album is in your face, and reminds me of a murky dancehall, blasting you with high speed tempos and drums. I feel like I wanna light up some hairspray or somethin. Dirty Skank Beats lights up the keys with his remixes, while Phatcat emphasizes the power of the snare to provoke the song. Oh, and don’t forget that rave whistle. I personally loved the dub sides by both artists, and I have to say that these tracks have been bangin in my headphones for a few weeks now.

Hats off to Phatcat and Dirty Skank Beats

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