Strictly Footwork


#StrictlyFootwork: EZ Riser, Oceantied & Tarqeeb

Tarqeeb (Translation: Plan) is Ashish Jose. A seeker of hedonism through rhythm, philanthropy through music-making, he formed his moniker in the summer of 2012. The idea was always simple- -promotion of quality EDM, minus the little labels and the big boxes. The only constants remain deep, groovy bass-lines, dark atmospheres and a trajectory that ultimately crescendos into high energy dance music. Coming from a Metal (bassist) and Psychedelic trance background, his sets innately include a generous dose of live sampling, layering and an overall vibe that could be defined as ‘eclectic.’

His influences run deep. Think older heavyweights like Photek, LTJ Bukem, Ed Rush, BSE, Concord Dawn as well as producers like Alix Perez, Rockwell, Mefjus, Foreign Concept as a representation of the newer breed of the same.

If asked for a self-description, Tarqeeb tends to turn to one of his major musical inspirations, DnB producer Alix Perez’s words of wisdom: “I play generally deep but dip into various aspects of drum & bass. I like to read the crowd and let the music breathe. I find mixing in the right musical keys essential. I basically see it as a journey.”

Still in its nascent stage, Tarqeeb has already given people a reason to move on dance floors around the country. From NH7 Weekender Pune to Bass Camp Festival Delhi and Indian Surf Festival Orissa he’s enjoyed playing alongside headliners like London Elektricity, Dub Phizix, Koan Sound, Nanci & Phoebe as well as his peers from India’s own burgeoning music scene such as BBC, Ox7gen, Sandunes, Reggae Rajahs, Vice Versa and BASS Foundation to name a few.

More recently , his project has also tied up with the Lightbenders from OLE India introducing interactive light visuals for his sets, which focus on creating a complete interactive audio-visual experience with the audience.

About EZ Riser:

Launched in Oct 2012, EZ Riser is the solo project of Sohail Arora pushing cutting edge Electronica, Glitch Hop, Electro Hip Hop, Breaks, Bass House & IDM.

As one half of Bay Beat Collective (BBC), Sohail Arora has been pushing bass music for over 4 years now. His solo project EZ Riser aims to showcase newer forms of exactly that, yet with particular focus on glitch-hop and electronica (with a touch of hip-hop). A self confessed music geek and influenced by artists such as J Dilla, Pretty Lights, Michal Menert, Mr. Bill, Freddy Todd, Koan Sound, Opiuo, Spoonbill, Heyoka, Griz & many more.

As the founder of KRUNK, India’s foremost alternative booking agency and events crew, Sohail has been responsible for touring acts such as Calyx & Teebee, Concord Dawn, Klute, London Elektricity, Koan Sound and Dub Phizix across India, whilst representing some of the freshest local sounds, including at a time, Dualist Inquiry and Reggae Rajahs with more recent additions such as BBC, Delhi Sultanate, BASSFoundation, Ox7gen and Sandunes. Sohail also runs India’s only dedicated night / festival called Bass Camp Festival.

Ultimately, it’s EZ Riser’s fidelity to the low end that ties his sound (and most probably life) together.Check out his debut mix for Wild city here :

EZ Riser did his debut tour in EU / UK this August’ 13 performing in places such as London, Oslo and Slovenia.

About Oceantied:

Oceantied is the solo electronic project started by Until We Last guitarist Ketan Bahirat and is an exploration of Ketan’s electronic music headspace. Oceantied’s music can ambient, dancey, upbeat or anything in between. His music explores two main sides of the spectrum with downtempo tracks, alongside fast-paced footwork & jungle music.

Oceantied has shared the stage with the likes of CEE (Malaysia, Bass Sekolah), Justus Köhncke (Germany, Kompakt Records), Graciela Maria (Germany, Project Mooncircle), Iyer (Singapore/Canada, Phyla), AMIT (Metalheadz, Ninja Tune, AMAR, UK), _RHL, Nerm (UK) and a bunch more.

He is set to launch his debut EP on Bangalore based independent label, ‘Consolidate’ in early 2016, a label on which he also launched his latest track ‘Ice & Fire’ in the compilation FRNDS & FMLY ’16 which has been featured on THUMP, Resident Advisor & more. The track was also broadcasted on BBC Asian Network in early February.

Apart from his constant involvement in playing live shows at clubs, venues and festivals around the country with Oceantied as well as Until We Last, Ketan Bahirat also works on the other side of music actively, and is a part of the team that runs Bangalore venue The Humming Tree, where he has most recently created a recurring property called Producer Circle, to help producers gather, collaborate and grow in an ecosystem of local music. He also founded the city collective Hybrid Cycle in 2015.