Kumail Hamid, performing under the name Kumail, has been producing electronic music since quite a few years now. The Mumbai based artist focuses his many talents (including singing) into his earthly, transient music that is a far cry from the basic ‘electronic music’ that we’ve become familiar with today. He fits very well into the Magnetic Fields Festival kinda vibe and we’re loving what he’s done with the new EP ‘From you to blue’. Set to perform at the Boiler Room Bangalore edition tonight, we caught up with him to ask a few questions.
GVO: You have quite a unique sound, especially in the Indian music industry. How’d you settle into producing this type of music?
Kumail: I didn’t really plan on it. I’m always trying new things so my sound is always changing. Depends a lot on what I’m listening to. I still keep the ‘Kumail’ sound going.
GVO: Tell us about the new EP ‘From you to blue’. What’s the inspiration behind it?
Kumail: The entire thing sort of stems from break ups and that moment in a relationship you know it’s going downhill. Musically, it was inspired by a lot of Jazz and Hip-Hop.
GVO: How’s the EP launch tour going? Are people connecting to the new music?
Kumail: We’ve just had one show so far which was pretty great. It’s fun playing with a band. We had few technical issues here and there but we learnt from it. People are loving the new music. Much more than my other work, that’s something I didn’t expect.
GVO: The dream festival that you would like to perform at?
Kumail: Pitchfork Festival or Sonar Festival.
GVO: Any international artists that you’d like to collaborate with?
Kumail: Earl Sweatshirt and Jameszoo.
GVO: Your debut performance at a Boiler Room edition is this weekend. How do you feel about it? Anything special you have planned for this set?
Kumail: It feels pretty surreal. I’ve planned something but I have a feeling I’m just going to wing it. It’s kind of like a live DJ set. Just a bunch of samples from different tracks that I’m mashing up live.
GVO: If you had to introduce someone to your music, what song would you select?
Kumail: I think it would be ‘February’ – The EP opener.
So if you’re new to Kumail, time to start listening in!