Having kickstarted his career as an artist who made acoustic music, Clover gets his name from the four leafed plant. Having been passionate about creating music since he was young, Suvin took the bold move of leaving the comforts of his home in Coorg and recently deep-dived into Bangalore’s electronic music circuit.
Tell us, what does a typical day in the studio mean to you? What inspires your productions?
A lot of listening sessions, like from the time I wake up till the time I sleep. I have a home studio which is playing music or working, regardless. I turn it on in the morning with a coffee and when am working on music, when I am just on the flow and nothing is troubling I usually clock about 4 to 5 good productive hours. Then I take like a long break and sit on it later in the day. I get inspired very easily, like being in a beautiful scenic place, talking to people I look up to or listening to their music and following their career paths. If I have creative block I change my way of working or try to work on something that is completely a different genre to what I produce and play.
What would you be doing today if not for this interview?
This whole period of 3 or 4 months has been quite confusing. I was in my native in Coorg for about 2 months where the internet was quite a hassle, but its been productive whatsoever. With the whole situation, I have been more focused on developing myself personally, with one collaboration and another EP of my own, I have been occupied with productions. Otherwise I sit on digging new tunes. I play Deep house and progressive house, making sets, researching and visiting friends .
If you were to introduce your genre to someone unaware of your music, how would you?
I produce Deep house, Progressive house and Melodic Techno. My productions are based mostly on my mood or how I might be feeling at that very point of my life and if I could describe or introduce it to someone I would say “PURVEYOR OF DEEP PESTILENT GROOVES, ECSTATIC MELODIES and EUPHORIC ATMOSPHERE” . It's creation of moody bass-lines, eerie electric wizardry, smooth vocals, spacey pads, Dark yet tranquil melodies that makes for an blend of dance floor and debauchery.
You’ve recently released an EP called ‘Relive’, what's the inspiration behind?
it was around the beginning of COVID when I started one of my tracks called Enthralled from the EP Relive. When the situation started deteriorating, I went back to my native, and over there its a completely different lifestyle all together. I was just making ideas and I had a couple of them which I thought could be turned into a whole track, and then I created this EP with all the ideas I had, just to help myself cope and share a sense of positivity with the community.
Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud how does your music reach your target audience and what struggles do you face?
My focus has always been more with Soundcloud and then Spotify. Spotify is something everybody would prefer but I’ve been on Spotify as an artist only after my first release which was somewhere around the month of November, 2019. Prior to that I was just a listener and all the music I released were out out on Soundcloud. So for me even after the releases soundcloud kind of makes it easier to target audience, but Spotify is something that I would want to make it work just like how releases are working on Soundcloud.
What got you into this genre?
It took me quite a while to recognize what kind of sound or music I should produce and play. I was completely submerged into mainstream electronic music when I first started producing music such as Dubstep, Future bass, electro house, big room house. I guess I got introduced to progressive house and techno, underground music as a whole, because of the community around me, friends mostly. And I couldn’t be more grateful about it. Then I started digging into artists like John Hopkins, Tale of Us, David August, Oliver Koletzki and thereon I’ve been on progressive house and melodic techno full time.
What is your methodology behind a set you play when you open for artists at clubs? What is the creative process behind your sets?
For me, its more important to know as an opening act what kind of a vibe or sound the artist after me is going to play. Then I would start making my set based on having a sense of the idea about a vibe that could work for the entire line up, also keeping in mind the energy levels, I usually play from about 118 to 124 BPM. I like starting with ambient yet thrilling and groovy and later going deeper and darker.
How are the psychological rewards in this career you have chosen?
When you're young and tell your parents you want to pursue music as full time career, there’s always trouble. But they've been very understanding and supported me in everything I do. It is still challenging in many other ways, you just have to learn to deal with it. I have second guessed my choices but if I think of anything else that i"d rather do, I would come back to music regardless. This helps me live happily, and when you have dreams you have to go along with it, If not, its just not fair for you or anyone around you.
Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here?
I believe persistence and doing good work will always keep the path better even if its hard. I wouldn’t want to think about the worst and have that worm in my head, I would rather keep working and see how things go, given this period of COVID you couldn’t really say.
Not necessarily monetary, how have the rewards been so far in this career?
I have just started out in the industry and you can always know when there’s a good progress, and it has been good for me till now, I get to meet various musicians, go to events that I dream of playing someday, the whole community has been amazing. Everybody and everything is supportive and its really has good vibes its been rewarding is different ways.
How has the struggle been so far to your current standings?
It took me a little while to figure out what sound I want to produce and play. There is a lot to learn and to improve yet I’ve had good releases. And a goals to achieve. But given the current situation, I’ve been more focused on writing music completely and trying to send demos, we just see how it would go from there.
Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here?
I believe persistence and doing good work will always keep the path better even if its hard, I wouldn’t want to think about the worst and have that worm in my head, I would rather keep working and see how things go, given this period of COVID you couldn’t really say.
How does India perform in this genre compared to European or American competition?
I play Deep progressive house and melodic techno, and we have labels like Juicebox music, Qilla Records, Junket and many more labels and event curators having massive events throughout the year. But not comparing Europe and America, statistically, I believe they are above us. In saying that i still believe our market is rapidly growing.
Which is your dream label?
Afterlife and Anjuna deep are two labels that I’ve been following from a long time that has completely intrigued me. Most of the artists I follow are from these labels, all my productions have inspirations from these labels and their artists, and it would be great to be a part of such huge labels one day.