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FuzzCulture share their music story and answer questions about their musical journey on how to be successful in the music industry:
FuzzCulture is a 2 piece Live Electronica act from New Delhi comprising of Arsh Sharma and Srijan Mahajan. FuzzCulture is an act which aims to combine melody and groove within a framework of mix tape experimentation. Fuzzculture’s musical influences aim at combining the intensity and sonic of assault of Industrial Music acts like Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Skinny Puppy along with more modern electronic music stalwarts such as Flume, Mr.Bill, Opiuo, Machinedrum, Aphex Twin, Noisia etc. Fuzz culture’s live performances are ripe with energy and one is advised to come prepared for a full fledged roller coaster ride.List of accomplishments including film/tv placements, significant radio support. etc:
- Have played over 250 shows in India and abroad since their inception in 2012.
- Signed to the music label Contrabands which is a three way partnership between Universal Music india, Vh1 and Hard rock Cafe.
- Have played every major music festival in India including Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Sunburn, VH1 Supersonic, Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival, Vans New Wave Music Fest, Covelong Beach Festival, City Of M, Redbull tourBus Etc.
- Winners of VIMA Asia Awards’ highest honour the “Thank You For Existing Award” for which they were invited to perform at the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
- Have released their debut EP “Indulge.Divulge” and 2014’s “NO” to rave reviews all across the country.
- Nominated for best emerging artist by Jack Daniels’ Rolling Stone Awards in 2014.
- Were named as one of the top ten producers in India by Border movement in 2012.
- “With Open Eyes” was voted as one of the top ten music videos of 2015 by Rolling Stone India.
- Named as one of India’s top live acts by GQ in 2016.
- “Duo FuzzCulture is India’s Indie music’s latest darling” – 101 India
- “Unarguably explosive. Unquestionably talented. Straight up cool. FuzzCulture… one of the newest and most energetic acts in Delhi, if not in the country, at the moment” – Little Black Book Delhi
- “NO is worth a listen for all those who love electronic music and fancy rock as well.” – grapevine Online
- “NO. is for the kids who grew up listening to the likes of UK group The Prodigy and also love the chaos of breakbeats mashed with riffs.” – Rolling Stone India
- “If you know how to start a party, you’re doing electronic music right. FuzzCulture, comprising guitarist-vocalist Arsh Sharma from experimental rock band The Circus and drummer Srijan Mahajan from rock bands such as Parikrama and Half Step Down, are doing exactly that with their debut album, NO.” – Rolling Stone India
- “Theirs is an open relationship with music, where industrial pop meets electronic, as Sharma belts out angry vocals in his scratchy voice, while Mahajan adds all the drum ‘n’ bass.” – Indian Express
- “Now, they’ve released a new album that is a significant departure from their glitch-hop heavy 2013 debut EP Indulge.Divulge. This one’s a set of eight bombastic, high-octane tracks where acoustic guitar meets their signature sound samples, and drum’n bass meets scratchy vocals on snarky lyrics. ” – GQ India
- “With their debut album ‘NO’ due tomorrow, we got in touch with the duo whose passion for music led them to create a perfect blend of electronic and rock music. ” – Polka Cafe
Listen to FuzzCulture’s music here:
With Open Eyes (Official Music Video)-
Do We Get a Grammy Now? (Live)-
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1. What are your top three tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term?
– Stick to what you do for a long time and don’t give up early. If something doesn’t work, change it or see why it doesn’t work; and if you can, then be open to change.
– Figure why you are doing what you do, music that generally sells isn’t necessary what you might love and what you really love might not sell to the level you expect it to, so being realistic about what you do and where it fits is important.
– Travel and be persistent, success is hard and the further you get the more your overheads become, instant fame or fortune or even sustenance is very hard and having a vision for what you do is quite important.
2. What has been one of the toughest music / entertainment related experiences you’ve faced?
Haha, we’ve faced a lot of tough situations. I think one was when we were playing a festival in Manali (India) and the stage collapsed on our heads. So we had two drunk stage managers trying to hold up the stage while we continued with the gig trying not to die or get injured under the collapsed truss!
3. How did you get through this experience or deal with it?
I think the previous is really more funny than anything tough, but we’ve got a simple attitude towards most of the challenges in the music industry which is keep doing what you do, don’t stop and do it till they listen.
4. What did you learn from this experience?
From the above mentioned situation we learned that people should really get proper people to build their stages. Having a stage fall on your head isn’t very pleasant ! The music industry is slightly unforgiving to artists who tend to fall a little outside the mainstream spectrum, so with that we’ve really learned the virtue of working hard, making music consistently, and constantly trying to improve the music. Also, having live shows, travelling as much as possible, and finding places help your music to be appreciated and hitting them again. Also, I’ve learned not to be that hard on myself and not try to constantly be affected by everything that goes on around you. Try to really focus on what you and your music are about and how to communicate with people.
5. What music / entertainment related book, blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
I think if you’re an individualistic person and as far as we are just talking about ideals the fountainhead by Ayn Rand is a really good example of types of characters you would meet everyday in artistic professions. It really gives you the option of who you want to be. As far as biographies I’ve really enjoyed reading the Slash and Dave Mustaine biographies.