I had the privilege & honour of meeting “the global bass Don Dadda” Suhrid Manchanda (Su Real) early this year, when he booked me to spin on a Saturday night at T.L.R. (Hauz Khas). We immediately hit it off as soon as I touched base in Delhi. He had also personally given me a tour of Hauz Khas village, which I would never forget in my life. Su is a jolly good guy & together we could extensively chat about almost anything under the sun. Primarily music. For the longest time (since 2009), he has been the resident DJ & creative director at T.L.R. Due to his hard work over the years, he has made this Delhi club & cafe one of the key clubs in the new wave/resurgence of alternative & indie music; just like Zenzi/Bonobo in Mumbai or Bacchus/The Humming Tree in Bangalore or High Spirits in Pune. As a DJ he is one of the few really eclectic DJs in the country. Being an eclectic DJ myself, I can always vouch on Su Real to rock any party. In the past 15 years, he has played & worked with many international & national DJs, artists & producers. Besides spinning an array of timeless beats & breaks, his earlier work experience in the American music industry also makes him a selector of niche genres like trap, twerk, crunk, Baltimore/Philly/Jersey club, baile funk, digital cumbia, moombahton, 3bal, kuduro or kwaito. In fact, his recent release, The Grind EP (CLICK HERE TO STREAM/DOWNLOAD), is a collection of 6 self produced tracks which are references to some of the earlier mentioned unique styles. He also is a part of New Delhi’s The Grind Collective - which includes Moniker, T-Bone Stakez, White Rabbit & our Mixtaped! 016 guest, Flash Hardcor. After a Mixtaped! feature booking done months in advance (NB. the roster is full till Feb 2014 now.. Bless!), it is time for us to reveal to you & kick off the last month of 2013 with the one & only Su Real. Just fresh after his Delhi NH7 Weekender gig, he got into the Mixtaped! “grind” & tradition of answering our usual 5 questions…
1) What is your name?
Suhrid Manchanda a.k.a. Su Real
2) Best known for….
Dropping beats and smoking Js.
3) What can we expect from you this Wednesday?
Looking forward to dropping a lot of old school breaks, disco and soul/funk classics and mixing in between with hip hop classics that sampled those tracks… This is a style I used to do a lot in the early days of T.L.R. in Hauz Khas Village but haven’t had the right environment to do again in a while… Having been to 3 episodes of Mixtaped! I think it’s the perfect environment to bring these sets out again and I hope the party peeps feel the same.
4) Which has been the most influential mixtape and/or album in your life?
There’s been so much music it’s hard to just pick 1 or even a few… Definitely, the first major album to have a veritable influence on my future life was Michael Jackson - “Bad”. My mom, bless her soul, bought me that as my first cassette. It was really an album that at the time just dominated. To create a work of art that touches so many people in perpetuity - that’s been an inspiration for life.
5) Who would you like to listen to as a featured artist in any of the upcoming Mixtaped! sessions?
Noel Swami - Most of my experience with this hard working gentleman is usually in a professional environment, and as such he behaves very courteously and straightforwardly… but I know underneath that exterior lurks a TRU G! Even if he drops Geto Boys “”Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster”” 3 times - well that’s just fucking gangsta isn’t it?
Tej S Haldule - Esteemed music journalist for Rolling Stone India amongst others is someone I’d love to hear play an iPod set. He’s one of the pickiest music critics I currently know, and I strive to stay on his good side! But he’s also one of the most passionate people I know when it comes to music and culture and I’m lucky he’s always eager to share new music with me… helps me build my sets! He’s currently residing between Goa and Pune but maybe he can be coaxed off the beach and backwoods for one night!
Amrit Kumar - the rewind queen - one of the most beautiful recent moments in my life was riding in the back of a luxury sedan in Mumbai with Kunal Lodhia at the wheels and Monica Dogra shotgun with all the windows down in light rain wind gushing through and Flume’s Disclosure remix playing ad infinitum thanks to Amrit. As an O.C.D. kinda person myself I think most people grossly underestimate just how long the perfect beat can last for. It’s trance-inducing at a meta-level. Although for everyone’s sake I’m sure she’ll drop more than just one perfect beat.”
Click here to listen to microlist019 compiled by Su Real. microlists are 8 track playlists/samplers compiled in advance by the featured personality performing at Mixtaped! each week. Here is the track list….
- James Brown - Get Up
- Sharon Jones & The Daptones - I Learned The Hard Way
- Chic - I Want Your Love
- Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby (Original Extended Mix)
- Marc Moulin - Humpty Dumpty (Da Capo Edit)
- Kid ‘N Play - Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody
- R. Kelly - Share My Love
- Miguel - Do You
For more info on Su Real, visit the following links:-
Facebook Fan Page:- https://www.facebook.com/RealSuReal
Catch Su Real do his thing on Wednesday, December 4th 2013 at Mixtaped! - 9pm onwards at The Den (Bandra, MUMBAI) - Click here to RSVP to the FB event page.
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