Getting Candid With The South-Indian Saga: Parimal Shais
This Kochi-based music producer ties together rooted South-Indian sounds with hip-hop and trap beats. Read on to find out how the artist is paving the way to put South-Indian hip-hop on the map.
Originating from the intoxicatingly beautiful and culturally brimming southern region of India, Parimal Shais is a Kochi-based electronic music producer known to have started the new wave of young Dravidian energy in the music industry.
Born and bred in Thalassery, on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, Parimal grew up in the midst of music and all the intensity that came with it. Parimal’s father was a dj and an audio engineer which steered his interest towards this art form at a very young age.
He recognised his passion for creativity, during his time at school and as time progressed, decided to pursue Film Technology during his bachelors, while simultaneously working as a recording artist at different studios and dj-ing part-time at multiple events.
With the debut of his highly successful album “KUMARI KANDAM TRAPS, Vol. I” in 2019, Parimal paved the way, showcasing solidarity of his South Indian identity. ‘Kumari Kandam’ — refers to a lost, submerged continent with an ancient Tamil civilisation, the place where the first two Tamil literary academies - ‘Sangams’ - were organised. Kumari Kandam was claimed as the cradle of civilisation to prove the antiquity of Tamil language and culture.
This 15-track collaborative album not only showcases Parimal’s expert production in Malayalam and Tamil influenced instrumentation and cadences, but also features diaspora voices such as ThirumaLi for “Swayambhu,” HanuMankind for the track “Pharmaceutical,” Cartel Madras for “Glossy,” Navz-47 for the track “Thangam” along with Kerala-based Malayalam spitting rappers like Lil Chaathan for “Thotta,” Marthyan for “Glowsticks,” and MC Couper who made his studio debut on this album in “Nerchapaattu.”
Experimenting with the rawest form of local and regional music, Parimal aims to be the truest form of his staunch South Indian persona. Taking pride in the representation of his unmatched culture, he draws inspiration from authentic regional beats, sounds he grew up listening to and masterfully fuses them with pockets of trap and hip-hop music genres.
He claims to have found his stance as a producer and musician by deriving undiscovered cues from his roots — South-Indian monuments, people, art forms like dance and music - and by extracting the very essence of them all to create his music.
The talented producer has single-handedly founded a new hybrid form of trans-cultured, cross-regional music that has re-invented the music game forever.
Apart from his widely successful album KUMARI KANDAM TRAPS, Vol. I, Parimal started a digital musical series called “CURRY CHATTI BEATS”. Curry Chatti Beats is a collaborative project curated as a series featuring and showcasing the talents and musical capabilities of multiple artists who produce unheard beats by remixing and sampling out of old Indian films. Born out of the pandemic-lockdown outburst, this quarantine series is easily accessible to everyone especially his audience via his Instagram channel.
The idea behind this inclusive project was to allow musicians and undiscovered talent to come together, have fun and shine a light on new artists and their unique and rare talents, while producing original beats and cadences. The main concept of this series was to do everything in one sitting, from making the song to recording and shooting. So far the episodes in Curry Chatti Beats have features artists like Bengaluru-based MC HanuMankind, Bengaluru-based rapper Irfana and 17 year old artist Rudy Mukta.
The artist is currently working on his second 20-track album that is centred around the traditional and spiritualistic art forms in Kerala, with exclusive collaborations from several different talents across this platform.
He also hopes to get involved in other spheres of culture like fashion in a designers capacity and design a range of merch to further complement his artistic vision in the community.
KUMARI KANDAM TRAPS, Vol. I is now available to stream on all platforms. Check it out!