Getting Candid With The South-Indian Saga: Parimal Shais

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.

Parimal Shais

“I always knew that I wanted to make music. I knew I wanted to represent South India by making my own original fresh sounds and creating a culture-fluid hybrid genre. I want the whole world to talk about South-Indian hip-hop. Thats my end-game.”

Parimal Shais

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.

Parimal Shais

"I started by experimenting with techno and psy-trance beats which then led me to exploring the world of hip-hop and trap. I then started remixing old Bollywood hits like “Jhumka” and commercial songs like “Washing Powder Nirma” and “Shaktiman,” which became very popular. People started listening to my songs, my music was getting aired on different stations and played at different events, which was a really big deal for me."

Parimal Shais

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.”

"I wanted to work with Malayalam rappers for the longest time. So when I came across ThirumaLi, I felt that he was outstanding at what he did. So we got together and came up with the first track in the album “Swayambhu,” which literally broke the internet. This album changed my life, everybody went crazy, it was all over in the Malayalam hip-hop scene and I was being recognised."

Parimal Shais

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 hip-hop scene in Kerala is really growing, people now have the confidence that they can make it and succeed in this community for representing their roots and culture."

Parimal Shais

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.

"I would define my sound as “South-Indian trap.” I don’t want to create something that already exists. It is trap music heavily influenced by sounds from the South Indian region. Whatever you see, hear and experience when you’re in South India is what I’m trying to reflect in my music. I want to capture and preserve the essence of these age-old dying traditional sounds, mix it with new age genres and give it a chance to exist forever."

Parimal Shais

Parimal Shais

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.

"Once Covid hit, all my equipments were stuck in Kerala, I was left stranded with only my computer and a camera. Thats when we came up with the idea for this series, to make the best out of this situation with whatever we had. This was a fun was for us to get creative to show our skills, explore our talents and push our limits."

Parimal Shais

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.

Parimal Shais

KUMARI KANDAM TRAPS, Vol. I is now available to stream on all platforms. Check it out!

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