INDepth: With Kenzani and Tech Panda
INDepth by FTC is an ongoing exploration of all the uncut diamonds that are making their mark in India's growing cultural community.
Kedar Santwani and Rupinder Nanda, who go by their stage names Kenzani and Tech Panda, are an electronic duo that have been making waves in the current contemporary music scene. With a sound that is unique and relatively still uncharted in the country's budding electronic/fusion realm, we caught up with the duo to know more about their journey so far and what the future holds for them.
The two met through common friends a few years ago, began experimenting with new sounds and in their own words, “haven’t looked back since.” Having lived in the Caribbean, Kenzani’s sound has been majorly influenced by the electro-house genre with beats stemming from Caribbean and French origins. Tech Panda, on the other hand is formally trained in Indian Classical music and has influences that are more domestically rooted.
The tracks they have produced are the perfect mélange of the two distinctly different genres encapsulating a sound which is both ambient and soulful, and is on its way to change the perception of modern-day fusion.
The two have been working and producing together for the past 5-6 years, however, had not officially released their work until very recently. In addition to making music, Kenzani also runs an apparel line, while Tech Panda has his own social media and events company.
Due to often being tied up with their respective other ventures, a lot of their tracks were not able to receive the time required to be completed and published. As a result, it has been as recent as this summer, that the pair finally gave their music undivided attention and started releasing tracks on to various streaming platforms.
On having creative differences when it comes to producing, given their opposing musical backgrounds, the duo keep it light hearted and chalk it up to their respective opposing sun signs and maintain that their focus on the end result for the long run, trumps all.
Tracks like “Khoyo”, “Lost in Love”, “Indian Monsoon” and their most recent releases “Laagi”, "Falak" and "Sauda" have a certain nostalgic sound with folk vocal samples that are accentuated and elevated with the paradoxical incorporation of the underlying electronic and bass heavy beats. The pair are redefining the meaning of Indian centric fusion genre by not only contemporising it but also making it more widely available and relatable.
Music as an industry and an art form right now, has completely redefined itself and has become a lot more open ended and inclusive as opposed to what it was even a couple of years ago. The two claim to be working towards creating a sound that moves towards being a part of the culture and community based on their personal creative take and ideologies.
With the current Covid-19 virus wreaking havoc on the daily work lives of people all over the world, for these two, the pandemic hasn’t changed much other than physically sitting in the studio and making music.
For their next project the two are working on something rather special that they have in store for the masses.