Between releasing 2 singles (Mend, Groove Pool), one EP of five tracks for his band ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ and one more single under an electro pop project called ‘Lazy Frenzy’, this South Bangalore based artist has designated us to beat his drums. We loved it too. Meet Tushar Mathur, a solo musician practicing his craft from the by-lanes of Bangalore, India. Started listening to a lot of Tom Misch and beat tapes of producers. Tushar has been playing this genre only for about 2 years, yet his repertoire grows exponentially. And to get him to talk to us, we accidentally kept him from his onslaught at the market while promoting his upcoming single is due to release in another couple of days. And by onslought we meant sending another mail or planning the release in some other aggressive way, haha.
How did ABLETON aid in making 'Mend'?
Ableton has been a huge part of my workflow, it all starts and ends there for me. Everything you hear except the acoustic instruments have all been programmed on Ableton. I invested a lot of time fiddling and learning how Ableton works and it’s definitely paid off cause now, I can make my own music!
Tell us something about "MEND". Inspiration behind the name and the project.
'Mend' talks about my story of moving to a big city to pursue something unconventional like music. Mend is for all the hours spent working at my craft, mending and revisiting my work to make it something I love and am proud of.
2019 has seen you releasing two absolute great hits, “Groove Pool” & “Mend”, must have been an exciting quarter? Expectation vs Reality?
It was really exhilarating. Both these songs have done fairly well and that’s really pushed me and given me confidence to make me say “you know what, this music thing just might work”. I try not to have any big expectations cause that usually leads to disappointment but anyway, in regards to Mend and Groove Pool, it went beyond my expectations so I’m happy.
How has the recent pandemic, COVID19, affected your life and all/some of your 2020 plans?
I had a rough plan of touring this year but looking at how things are, I might have to put that on hold. Otherwise, everything has been going according to plan with regards to my music
What are the various equipment and gear you have in your studio to facilitate production?
A laptop, a guitar, a launchkey mini, PreSonus studio monitors and a worn down audio interface. I record vocals at my mixing engineer Sandeep’s place. That’s it.
Is the path ahead more struggling or does it get better from here?
I enjoy what I do and don’t look at it as a struggle. I look at it as a hustle and just something you gotta do to get yourself out there. A musicians struggle has definitely been romanticized and I feel that in this digital era, we have access to a lot of things and that anything is possible!
How are the psychological rewards in this career you have chosen?
All the time. Everybody has good days and bad days. The good wouldn’t feel so good without the bad ones. All I can say is this. The best feeling in the world is when you finish that track and that it’s ready to go out there.
5 Artists/Bands who inspired you and continue to do so?
- Tom Misch
- John Mayer
- Loyle Carner
- Bruno Major
Tell us about your most valuable piece of equipment and why?
My beautiful guitar. It’s a G&L S500 and I’m in love with it. The tone is something I used to dream about when I was a kid and now I actually get to possess that tone. Feels great!