Mixtaped! 032 with Laiq Qureshi (Urban Beat Project/Inroom Records) - @Laiiq
Hello again :D Why am I smiling?….. Well, this Wednesday we would be turning 32 teeth (oops!) guests old with no sign of slowing down in the coming weeks of 2014 :) Another reason to smile would be that Mixtaped! regular/supporter & good man, Laiq Qureshi would be manning the the decks this time. I’ve known him since my residency days at Bonobo, where he used to bring down producers, DJs, beat boxers, buskers & other entertainers from all over the world regularly to do gigs. Through his label Inroom Records & his Urban Beat Project collective, he has been instrumental in exchanging Indian & European artists through various tours. Some of them have been artists like Dub FX, Snareophobe, Mr. Woodnote & Lil Rhys. Laiq used to be a music journalist with DNA newspapers before this. Now he is a full time musician & composer and very soon you would be hearing more from him through his new Rhythm Method outfit. Besides that, he runs a label called Inroom Records, that looks at a wide range of activities, like production, management, bookings, curating, marketing and promotions for artists, clubs, festivals and corporate clients. Laiq also runs a non-profit setup called Urban Beat Project, which is an artist collective, that looks to support and regenerate the ecosystem by developing a sustainable platform for artistic expression. What I personally like about him is that he has a whole different take & perspective on the current Indian music scenario than anyone else, which is reflected in the music, artists & activities that he is involved with. Here is what he had to say when I asked him the standard 5 Mixtaped! questions….
1) What is your name?
Laiq (NOT like) Qureshi.
2) Best known for….
Not remembering people’s names. Oh and bringing buskers from Europe to India.
3) What can we expect from you this Wednesday?
I don’t really have a plan. I have diverse listening habits, so going to just go with the flow. Some selective funk, bass, hip hop, glitch hop etc in the beginning, then maybe end it with some dnb and ragga jungle. I dunno, I’m generally bad with genres. Want to keep it fun and heavy.
4) Which has been the most influential mixtape and/or album in your life?
There are simply too many..
Pink Floyd’s Animal / Wall has been one of my biggest influences growing up.
Then Frank Zappa’s albums like “Chunga’s Revenge” & “Zoot Allure” brought in being a musician, Pantera’s “Great Southern Trend Kill” & Pearl Jam “Ten”, are absolute gems.
Moving on in life, The “Intelligent Toys” compilation by the now defunct label Sutemos.net, “Contraction” by FusedMARc, Gnarls Barkley’s “St. Elsewhere”, Jo Jo Mayer & Nerve’s “The Distance Between Zero and One”, Porcupine Tree’s “In absentia”, Robert Miles & Trilok Gurtu’s “Miles_Gurtu”, Squarepusher’s “Hard Normal Daddy”, K & D sessions by Kruder & Dorfmeister, Pete Philly & Perquisite’s “Mindstate”, Dub Fx new album “Theory of Harmony”, The Mouse outfit’s “Escape music”.. & many more!
5) Who would you like to listen to as a featured artist in any of the upcoming Mixtaped! sessions?
Ramon Ibrahim, Mayur Narvekar (Bandish Projekt), My good friend Ankush Sohoni, The Lobo brothers & most definitely Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged).
Click here to listen to microlist032 compiled by Laiq Qureshi. microlists are 8 track playlists/samplers compiled in advance by the featured personality performing at Mixtaped! each week. Here is the track list….
- Pete Philly - One
- The Mouse Outfit - Sit Back Feat. Truthos Mustafa & Black Josh
- C2C - Down The Road
- DJ Butcher - Get Busy Part 2
- Kill Paris - Shades Of Funk
- Knife Party - Bon Fire
- Numa Crew Feat. Dub FX - Bass Hater
- Griz - Wheres The Love
For more info on Laiq Qureshi, visit:-
Inroom Records:- http://inroomrecords.com/
Urban Beat Project:- https://www.facebook.com/urbanbeatproject
Rhythm Method:- http://www.facebook.com/rhythm.method.in
Catch Laiiq Qureshi do his thing on Wednesday, June 18th 2013 at Mixtaped! - 9pm onwards at The Den (Bandra, MUMBAI) - Click here to RSVP to the FB event page.
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