ELM is an electronic music project currently based out of New Delhi, and the creative extension of musician/DJ Siddhant Jain. This new musical venture is deeply rooted in dance floor friendly rhythms, refined chord structures, warm and wide atmospheres and branches out into various different narratives - unbound by genre. ELM recently released his first few singles on extremely well reputed labels from India called Juicebox Music and Qilla Records and USA based label Magician On Duty respectively.
Anatomy of the Genre
That's a tough question. I don't go for one thing, a lot of my music goes into different spaces and genres like breakbeat, techno, electronica, ambient and even hip hop, occasionally. I've been into dance music from a very early age, which I believe is where my music draws a lot of inspiration from. My main purpose while creating music focuses on the idea of how it should make me or someone else feel a certain emotion, this is extremely important for me as a musician.
The latest to Drop
I released a tune called Kazuya on a compilation series by Qilla Records called Forte at the beginning of this year. I was exploring and adapting to this new software synthesizer I recently got, known as Massive X by Native Instruments. It was out of the blue when I suddenly picked on a nice loop which I eventually went on to finish as an entire song. The tune reminds of a video game I used to play when I was younger, it was called Tekken and that’s where the name of my track i.e. Kazuya comes from too, it is based on my favourite character.
Ivy League Releases
I've been listening to music by Qilla Records and Juicebox Music from my early college days. They've played a huge role in building a landscape for electronic music to exist in our country and it’s a feeling to have a song on each of those imprints. Being a self-taught music producer/musician, there were plenty of challenges I have had to face from a creative and technical point of view. Initially, there were times when I got stuck and didn't know how to move forward with songs I've written. My expectations were not met and I thought they weren't sounding good enough. I used to get very annoyed - it's like a movie which looks promising in the beginning but doesn't have the ending it deserves and leads to certain loopholes in the plot which you thought could have been dealt with. It doesn't seem as satisfying, if that makes any sense.
However, I went onto realize how this feeling made an impact on me as a musician. I began to identify things which I could work on a step by step to achieve what I want with the song and do justice to it. I wasn't shy to ask people for help and used the internet extensively to learn new things.
I've released music on all of the following platforms. I think they all are different and great in their way. They help in exposing your music to larger audiences through their playlists and recommendations. SoundCloud is a great way to send demos and get into the depth of things. There are plenty of options for free downloads and bootlegs which I quite dig. With that said, I believe you don't make enough money from these forums as an independent artist. I think it's 0.003 dollars per stream on Spotify which is not too much revenue and not enough for day to day survival. Bandcamp, on the other hand, is an amazing platform, as it promotes downloading music in good quality as well as helping artists from a revenue standpoint, allowing each one to keep a good amount of the sales.
My highlight performance to date was the Warpcore Anniversary party in 2017, which was also when I used to work with Vridian as a duo. It was the first time I saw and felt the energy a dancefloor can generate. The room was packed, people were having a great time during our set and I barely saw anyone leave the floor to even get a drink
An Ode to the Roots
It's played a huge part in my life - all my favourite musicians and DJ's are from Delhi and observing them from close proximity taught me a lot. I always used to send my initial few tunes to Vipul/SHFT who went the extra mile to call me to his studio, sit me down and answer my doubts. He helped me understand the basics of sound and music production extensively for which I'll be forever grateful, he's a gem of a human being. Working with Vridian was a great time as well. We both learnt different things from one another and grew as musicians as well as human beings.
People in Delhi have always been very supportive towards electronic music, it's still quite a small scene, and my only belief at this point is how people should learn to co-exist and make it more safe, lively and organized in the times to come.
Haha. There are ups in downs of course but I'm sure that exists in all kinds of professions. It gets quite frustrating chasing payments, dealing with crooks and promoters who do keep up to their word, having sound oriented problems in a venue and sometimes even dealing with other artists who show up late for their set and bite into your time. What keeps me sane and happy is that when I finish a track and it's sounding great or playing a gig where I see people reciprocating to my music in a good way or even when I've figured out a new production technique.
These things really get me going and keeps my mind fresh, there are always weird experiences but that's a part of learning I feel and eventually get completely overshadowed by the positives I've mentioned above.
I believe that we’re slowly getting there as the standard of music and the scene in general has really picked up from what it was a few years back. The best part is that there’s a wave of new young producers who are doing some incredible stuff; to name a few of my favourites, there's Monophonik, Dotdat, Jay Pei and Vridian. They’ve all released on very well reputed labels with exceptional music, moreover, Dotdat played at Watergate in Berlin last year which is also considered as one of the top clubs in the world.
On the Anvil
As far as my solo project is concerned, I’ve been working on a lot of deep techno - it's quite different and heavier than my previous productions. Besides this, I've also been making a lot of electronica, ambient music and breakbeat too. In addition to this, I’ve been exploring and making a lot of cinematic music as i've always been interested in making music for films, documentaries etc. so let’s see where that goes.