Premiere: Mumbai Steel Drummer Ananya Kumar Launches Blistering Solo Debut ‘Phrases’

Premiere: Mumbai Steel Drummer Ananya Kumar Launches Blistering Solo Debut ‘Phrases’

Share of thrash/loss of life act Devoid, the DIY musician realized easy write and program guitar sides for his current challenge


Anurag Tagat
Sep 25, 2020

Mumbai-based drummer and composer Ananya ‘Shubham’ Kumar. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

For Dubai/Mumbai-based drummer and musician Ananya Kumar (also is famous as Shubham Kumar), the onset of the pandemic led to a total shift in perspective. He used to be furloughed from his long-standing job with a meals transport app’s Dubai office in Would possibly perchance perchance also honest and the drummer for thrash/loss of life steel band Devoid then sat real down to determine how he can make growth on his solo challenge.

Now succor in Mumbai, Kumar has spent the easier segment of the lockdown fully devoting himself to his solo challenge, which is launched with his single “Phrases,” a chaotic, all-out aural assault that blends in model steel, deathcore and prog twists and turns. “I repeatedly thought to be myself for granted composer, even with Devoid. I had all these solutions however it absolutely used to be all uncooked,” he says.

With succor from Devoid bassist Abhishek Kamdar and dilapidated guitarist Sanju Aguiar – plus friends in Dubai along with Assaad Lakkis and Brent – the drummer slowly began realizing easy write and program guitar sides. An related to what Indo-American in model steel drummer Anup Sastry would bear on his solo recordsdata, Kumar programmed guitar sides heard on “Phrases,” which also sides synth work and mixing and mastering helmed by New Zealand-based Zorran Mendonsa. Kumar adds, “I unexcited don’t know easy play guitar, however I researched so fundamental and spent two months at it. I crucial to humanize it.”

When he serious about guitar, Kumar pleasing fundamental thought to be drumming as straightforwardly as doubtless for the sake of sharpening his songwriting and production abilities. He wrote “Phrases,” impressed by the intolerance of assassinate culture, in April. “I’ve repeatedly wished to bear this and I’ve by no draw worked fancy this. It’s been story,” the musician adds.

The tune and challenge commence is the first step for Kumar against becoming an artist who wishes to leverage YouTube with playthrough videos, drumming clips and extra. “From July onwards, I’ve been experimenting with importing videos real to reach that production rate that exists on drummers’ channels on YouTube. Or no longer it can per chance be crucial to bear a fuck-ton of investment.” Armed with six GoPro cameras, his elephantine-fledged drumkit location up in his front room in Mumbai, Kumar is focusing on realizing mixing and mastering as nicely.

In the course of all this, Kumar confirms that Devoid is pleasing fundamental on the backburner, at the same time as they released a tune and performed at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune closing three hundred and sixty five days. “Arun [Iyer, vocalist-guitarist] has [grind/death metal band] Hole Point, I’m starting up my very own challenge, Kamdar has his own stuff. It’s no longer our priority authorized now however it absolutely’s no longer long gone both.”

Hear to “Phrases” below. Stream/procure on Bandcamp.

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