Everything You Need To Know About Oceantied
Bengaluru producer Ketan Bahirat aka Oceantied had a hell of a ride in August and September this year, chalking up frequent flier miles like the best in the business. In August, he took off to perform 5 shows in Europe, jumping from Czech Republic to Malta to Finland and Croatia. In September, he was on his way to Montreal for a 16-day stint at the Red Bull Music Academy after winning a competition held across 38 countries. He says, “I had two weeks in Montreal. It’s so multi-cultural.”
As someone still in his early 20s, Bahirat has what most electronic music producers give up on in a few years – humility. For one, unlike most producers and DJs we’ve spoken to, Bahirat never refers to himself or Oceantied in the third person.
He says experiences like the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) help towards being humble. “It was overwhelming in the best way possible. I’m still trying to recollect things. And everything has added to my experience as a musician. It keeps you grounded, because there are so many other people from across the world and they’re all so good, but we’re at it together.”
Bahirat got to attend lectures by the likes of guitarist Junior Marvin, who performed with Bob Marley and the Wailers; producer-composer Suzanne Ciani, who plays a unique synthesizer called Buchla; Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and more. “We had two lectures a day and then studio time with participants and the engineering team. (Grammy-nominated hip hop producer) Just Blaze was one of our tutors and he was around us all the time.”
Plus, he lived the dream of watching one live show nearly everyday for 2 weeks! “What was amazing was that every single show was in a different spot – it could be a warehouse or a church-turned-into-venue or just an empty space with a speaker that makes it more about the music,” he says.
It definitely sounds like a learning experience for someone like Bahirat, who’s been a guitarist with his post-rock band Until We Last, a programmer at Bengaluru’s top venue The Humming Tree, and also a music producer as Oceantied. “I learnt a lot of things from RBMA in terms of production. After I came back, I changed small things around the tracks I’d already recorded.”
Being one of only two Indian artists chosen to be part of RBMA this year – the other being electronic music producer Jayanth Ramachandra aka The Sine Painter – it’s also gained him a nation-wide series of gigs, where he has the full freedom to play his own music, specifically his just-released EP Tribes. “I’d like to call it experimental club music. The sound is still all bass music sometimes to go with the flow,” says Bahirat.
It’s about time experiments took over the DJ console at clubs.
Listen to Tribes by Oceantied here.
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