One of India’s most promising Techno exports, ‘’StoKed’’ - Being a purveyor of Infectious Energy; is making some serious in-roads amongst the new breed of international techno artists. With each one of his releases this talented artist has managed to showcase his skills as a producer. With the diversity he displays in his sound and having signed to one of Dubai’s top management agencies ‘’Evolvement’’, there’s no doubt that StoKed will continue to grow and evolve in the years to come. However now with the quarantine life a strong variable, it is studio, doing dishes, house work, social media & entertaining Mr Tizzy (his puppy) that is becoming a routine.
Tell us, what does a typical day in the studio mean to you? What inspires your productions?
My real inspiration is the energy and passion I put in my productions that in turn is heard by thousands of people in festivals, clubs, cars etc. If what I did can make them forget their troubles & tribulations for that moment & loose them selves in what I created in some part of the world is what inspires me.
From the beginning around 2002 I was playing a lot of House & Progressive. Guess it was natural progression that I got pulled towards Techno & lately a little bit of Tech House. This music flows through my veins.
5 Indian artists who have inspired you.
- Bullzeye (For being bully)
- Arjun Vagale (For his Productions)
- Dj Veeru & Suketu (My first mentors)
- Dj Rejistry (My earliest Teacher)
- Almost Human (For his Pr & Marketing skills)
5 International artists who have inspired you.
- Spartaque (Helpful, bomb DJ, PR & Marketing guru)
- Carl Cox (For being a great personality & DJ)
- Joyhauser (For their productions)
- Balthazar & Jackrock (For their productions)
- Loco & Jam (For their Versatility in DJ'ing & Productions)
Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here?
It never gets easy. That’s the best part of it, struggle never ends. The fierce competition keeps you on your toes. You have to keep on setting higher milestones to achieve. Adapt to changing trends in music & otherwise. Also be great at social media etc. It’s a never ending process.
The struggle is real and never ending. There are always new milestones to set and achieve.
Why did you choose this career?
Do you think there are other reasons to choose too? Simply for the love of music & nothing else. Everything else is a byproduct of what you do. The fame, money, cars blah blah are only by products. Love for music is the driving force.
How easy/difficult it is to release music in your genre?
It can be easy or difficult depending on how you approach the labels. If you have the right connections in a label. If your sound is right for them. Is your Social media presence big enough for the big labels. How many sales can you get based on numbers from your past releases. Your potential to hit the charts based on your past statistics. Initially you have to release on smaller labels and make your way up. And it only gets harder if you are not making the right moves.
And how is the support from industry peer's?
I must say that I have found international artists, promoters, booking agencies etc to be more helpful & professional than their Indian counterparts. Of course there are always exceptions. I am only speaking holistically.
You have extensively toured during 2019, share with us one negative experience from touring or a disadvantage touring that was a lesson learnt.
I toured 12 countries in from October 2019 to January 2020. It takes a toll on you physically and then mentally. Constant travelling , flight delays, sometimes barely any sleep can really weigh you down. So the lession is to keep it balanced.
What is your methodology behind a set you play when you open for artists at clubs?
Opening & Closing really depends on reading the crowd & who you are opening or closing for. Opening in a club as opposed to opening for the next artist in a festival has to be approached differently.
As an upcoming artist with tough competition, what struggles and challenges do you face?
Releasing on bigger labels, getting singned on to a big international agency, building an organic fanbase, marketing your brand to your TG, networking with the right preople. The struggles are myriad but with the right strategy the ride can be smoother.
What’s coming up for You down the road?
- Depper Passion EP with a Loco & Jam Remix on Deep Therapy Records on 26th June.
- I am now signed to 3 of the biggest Top 10 Techno labels in the world. Due to contracts signed, I cannot divulge any more info.
- A sustainable marketing & Pr plan for South East Asia & Indian subcontinent for this year, while simultaneously focusing on releassing on more of the Top 10 Techno labels to make a bigger impact in Europe.
All I can say is do what you are doing for the right reasons. Believe in yourself. Nothing comes easy in life. Embrace the struggles, try being a better version of yourself every passing day. Aim for the stars, but look down and walk.
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.
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