Home / Music / Kumail Hamid
 

Kumail Hamid

Facebook Linkedin twitter Pinterest Google Plus E-mail this link to a friend.

Downtempo-loving

21-year-old Kumail Hamid’s electronic music explores the more ethereal regions of sound. His soundscape is essentially an eclectic mix of ambient music and broken beats. He combines bass with heavily manipulated live recording and atmospheric sounds and rhythms that play in sections.

‘I’m influenced by new music every day’, he says. There are also lo-fi beats, ambient soundscapes, film scores, jazz and hip-hop. ‘If there’s one artist that has influenced me significantly, it’s Shlohmo. His album, Bad Vibes really set the tone for some of my most recent releases. He tops the list!’ However, he feels that down-tempo as a genre is under-rated and needs a push. ‘I think anything that strays away from commercial music is under-rated in this industry. It’s about time that the music scene gives it the well-deserved spot. But at the same time, it’s nice to know that the community is growing and all the supporters of these alternative genres are part of one big family.’

The Mumbai-based artist has been experimenting with music for about four years now. How his musical journey began is a rather funny story. ‘My sister was in a relationship with a rapper at the time. So, I found myself listening to Young Money Squad which sort of kick started my short lived career as a rapper. The years preceding, I moved onto chillstep before I was introduced to the label Ninjatune [Eskmo in particular] which initiated my shift towards more intelligent music.’

He released his debut EP, Flashbulb Memories, last year, and thereafter got cracking on his forthcoming album, Links. The album was released early 2016 at the Magnetic Fields Festival. ‘I was working on it while my EP was in the process of being released,’ Kumail explained. ‘It’s interesting how every track has evolved over time. These are all very different but also similar in so many ways. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone a bit, and explored a lot of new sounds and frequencies. It’s more organic than my other work.’ Personal experiences/ stories sketch the contours of his tracks. Kumail’s music is heavily influenced by his feelings. ‘A lot of my music is a mirror of my relationships, some more personal than others.’

As a musician, Kumail has some interesting quirks and muses. He is more of a day person. He is focussed and quiet when producing music. And he can’t make music in a dirty room. ‘I find myself most creative when my mind is fresh, first thing in the morning. Songwriting is a very personal and private process. I need to feel a connection with the space I’m in to get my creativity flowing, which is why my morning ritual finds me organising my space very carefully.’

This year, Kumail plans to experiment with other fields. He’s picking up the drums very soon. ‘I’m curious to see the changes a new instrument brings about. Also, the audience can look forward to another EP that I’m very excited about. And I’m also working on a couple of Hip-Hop/Dream-Hop beats for which I’m looking forward to collaborating with a few local producers and singers.

 

Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani

MORE IN Music

Rush by Mali

Rush by Mali

When Maalavika Manoj aka Mali started strumming her own tunes she found inspiration in long-lost friendships, memories of home and

read more...
The Indian Jam Project | Photo Courtesy: Hiresh Suvarna

The Indian Jam Project

Tushar Lall, Composer-Producer Tushar Lall, a self-taught musician, can’t really trace back to the beginning of his relationship with music. His

read more...
Afrojack

Afrojack

The Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer lets us in on his quirks and secrets. Contextualise yourself in one line. Crazy. First memory of

read more...
 
Profile of the Week: Lifafa a.k.a Suryakant Sawhney

Lifafa a.k.a Suryakant Sawhney

Zoning In Zoning Out  Suryakant Sawhney started out as a filmmaking student in San Francisco only to return to his homeland

read more...

Brown Girl

Aaradhna Patel Her mother is Samoan, her father Indian, but she hasn’t known any home other than New Zealand. Aaradhna Patel

read more...

In Conversation: Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar

#ThrowbackThursday I was asked by Platform to interview Norah whilst she was in London to perform. I was planning on being

read more...
In God We Trust

Art

Munem Wasif

The Artist  I was born in Bangladesh in 1983 and I studied at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka,

read more...
Profile of the Week: Ishrat Sahgal

Design

Ishrat Sahgal

Mishcat Co, Design House Following a degree in interior architecture, when Ishrat Sahgal returned to Indian shores from The States, it

read more...

Fashion

BENNCH

A white oxford shirt reinterpreted with a diaphanous accordion detail; a monochrome jumpsuit with a cape for an accent; an

read more...
 
A still from Kaash

Film

Kaash

Ishaan Nair, Director The Filmmaker The new director in Mira Nair’s family, Ishaan has been working after his degree in direction and

read more...
A graphic story written and illustrated by Aindri Chakraborty

Literature

All That We Want - The Gaysi Zine

The fifth edition of The Gaysi Zine embarks on a journey to explore the unchartered realm of queer desires, and

read more...
Interview of the Week: Jesse Veverka

Lifestyle

Jesse Veverka

Passfire All around the world, fireworks are synonymous with celebration. People from different parts of the world may speak different languages

read more...