Like a day dream

Anjali Jhangiani
Friday, 30 June 2017

Musician Imaad Shah aka Madboy talks about his latest EP prior to his performance in the city tomorrow.

When you think of Madboy, you also think of Mink. They have been inseparable. But to explore his own musical style, Imaad Shah came out with a solo EP last year titled Boy. Stepping up from that, this year he is out with another EP titled Dream Delite. 

Musician Imaad Shah aka Madboy talks about his latest EP prior to his performance in the city tomorrow.

When you think of Madboy, you also think of Mink. They have been inseparable. But to explore his own musical style, Imaad Shah came out with a solo EP last year titled Boy. Stepping up from that, this year he is out with another EP titled Dream Delite. 

Sounds like a packet of biscuits, a type of cupcake or some kind of dessert, but instead of satisfying your craving for sugar, the EP aims at enticing you with dreamy music. “I’ve been performing my solo act for a while now. Last year I came out with an EP, this year another one. 

It is slightly different from the sound of Madboy Mink, which is thriving too. The music in this EP is inspired by hip hop beats. It allows me to explore songwriting ideas and themes I’ve been wanting to try my hand at for some time now,” says Shah, who will be performing at High Spirits Cafe, Koregaon Park, on Sunday afternoon. 

Trying his best to describe his new music, Shah says, “It’s hard to explain the sound of my EP. It is fairly surreal. I want my listeners to form their own interpretations when they listen to it. But, I think my songs feel like day dreams — you know, when you’re dreaming but you’re still awake. It’s a state between sleep and wakefulness. I think music is the best medium to explore such a surreal idea.”

While you won’t be hearing Saba Azad’s vocals on these songs, you witness Shah take the mic. The EP, in all aspects, is all him. “There’s a lot of solitude in this album. I have been a solo producer working in my studio, which is kind of like my lab. There’s a lot of atmospheric stuff happening in the songs, very spacey music. 

Though the songs in this EP are different from the ones on my debut solo EP, it feels like this is a continuation. In a way, Dream Delite is a sequel of sorts to Boy,” says Shah, who feels that he has grown a lot as an artist when he hears his previous work and compares it to his latest EP. 

Travel has kept the artist moving from place to place, looking for inspiration for new music and other projects. While he travelled across various cities to launch his debut EP last year, he plans on doing the rounds to a few cities on a tour to launch Dream Delite too. “The tour includes Mumbai, Pune, Bhopal and a few other cities I haven’t been to before,” says Shah. 

He claims that he loves going on tour because it’s like a learning experience for him. “Audiences vary in each city, it’s a new learning experience for me as a performer every time. When I’m playing, I try to give them something different than what they expect to hear when they come for a party. I try to drop newer, more educative sounds which they may not have heard before. 

They listen, reach and come over to my side and experience it the way I intended my music to be,” says Shah, who currently has his hands full with projects that interest him. While he will be launching another Madboy/Mink album in a month or two, he will also be making a debut as a director with a musical called Three Penny Opera, to be produced by Aadyam, an initiative by the Aditya Birla Group. 

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