Seventh Sea has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2013 he discovered his new found love for underground electronic music. He has since shared the decks with some industry stalwarts both in India and abroad. Having a background in graphic design and photography, he treats his music similarly where he can create detailed imagery for his listeners with carefully selected and interwoven tracks.
MI: Sagar, thank you for taking some time out of your day and sitting with us, for this opportunity. What would be doing today if not for this interview?
SB: The pleasure is all mine guys. These days when I'm not in the studio, I'm usually digging through movies and TV shows that sport music scores and sounds which are slightly on the weird-vague-obscure side. These things always have intrigued me and I often draw inspiration and ideas for my music through this.
MI: You went to a music school, didn't you? one was it? How has it panned out for you in shaping your career in this industry?
SB: Not exactly a music school where I learnt music, but I did graduate from SAE Dubai as an Audio Engineer, specializing in post production.
MI: What currently keeps you busy these days?
SB: Research and Experiments.
MI: How would you describe your style of music production and DJing to someone unaware of this genre?
SB: This is actually a tug at two poles. This or that kind of situation. So, to a layman it is intriguing-repetitive, fake music-music of the now, technically complex-easily made by anyone who knows garage band.
MI: How would you describe your current path in this career you have chosen?
SB: A lot of detours were taken in the past. I was in the line of corporate and IT once, then it was graphic design after which was photography. But now, I feel like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. Found my calling kind !!!
MI: Who are the artists who inspire you?
SB: I don't keep my mind really set when it comes to individuals and their talents. These days artists are able to pull out the biggest rabbit out of the tiniest hat. So, I'm on the lookout and with my eyes open. Inspiration for me can come from anyone, even from an artist who started a few seconds ago.
MI: Tell us, what does a typical day in the studio means for you? What inspires your productions?
SB: A typical day in the studio looks like this —— > About five hours to churn out an idea, twenty minutes for arrangement, four hours to process, two hours of miscellaneous fixtures and creations. That's a total of eleven hours and twenty minutes which I split into two days. Basically I'm done with a track in two days, I prefer not to work on projects for longer hours.
MI: How about you naming top 5 industry giants who have inspired you to produce and Dj and top 5 you would like to play alongside?
SB: Insolate, VTSS, SLV (DE), SNTS (Just because of his attire), Alignment
MI: If you weren't Djing, where would be today?
SB: Trying to find a place to DJ or say - hunting for gigs !!
MI: Which is your dream label?
SB: To be honest, I don't have one
MI: What is your methodology behind a set you play when you open for artists at clubs? What is the creative process behind your sets?
SB: Before I became successful, my opening sets would be carefully crafted to suit the music of the next artist. A lot of research would be done about the play style and music of that artist, which made me very versatile but at the same time it never really showcased me and my music. These days, I play my signature sound but within limitations so as to not clash with the next artist's work flow.
MI: As an upcoming artist with tough competition, what struggles and challenges do you face?
SB: Coming back to my home country, I want to be brutally honest and say that I do not have the support here nor do I have the stage where the value of me is portrayed. Just as your question, I'm an upcoming artist only here, in my country ! Everywhere outside I'm considered a success.
MI: Do you have a studio? What's the current set up like? What equipment you have and what is that you can’t live without?
SB: I currently do not own a studio, nor do I own any equipment. I’m usually working at friends’ studios, using their equipments. Prior to this, I did have a studio back in the UAE with a minimal setup and just two synthesizers - Moog Mother32 and a Roland TB-03
MI: Tell us about your productions thus far, your releases.
SB: My productions have gone through the quickest evolution in the last two years. Not just musically but also technically. I went from producing Dub Techno to Melodic Techno with releases on many known and reputed International labels. This year, I venture into the harder space of the techno realm, the original sound I must call it or for the lack of a better term - “Back to the roots”.
MI: What's coming up for You down the road?
SB: More successful releases, more gigs/festivals and a Record Label
Well, thank you once again for spending time with us, giving us valuable insight in to your career. We wish you all the very best of luck in your endeavours. See you soon at a club.