INDepth: With Kenzani and Tech Panda

INDepth: With Kenzani and Tech Panda

With a distinct sound that is redefining the meaning of Indian fusion, this electronic duo is breaking barriers with each successive track. Read on to know more about Kenzani and Tech Panda.

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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.

“We both have a very distinct sound. I was always into electronic music production and Rupinder has always been more classically inclined. Even with electronica; he has a very different taste in electronic music. He’s more into the underground scene and sound, so we kind of just bring those two different aspects together and they end up working well.”

Kenzani

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.

“There have been times where we have rough patches and don’t exactly see eye to eye with a particular direction, but somehow we always end up reaching a middle point and making it work, and that’s what shows in the tracks as well.”

Kenzani

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.

“I mean that's also probably because of the fact that he's a Gemini and I'm a Sagittarius! But yeah, till we’re not fighting, we’re together.”

Tech Panda

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.

“India has a lot of talented artists right now and it’s great because we need to have more artists to be able to make a bigger impact on the world with regards to what we have to offer in music. I think one of our biggest inspirations would have to be Nitin Sawhney – we want to be able to make music to that quality.”

Kenzani

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.

“I think culture depends on the way you look at it. With each successful generation, culture to them is different than that of the previous one. For us as artists who are creating content for this generation, we think differently. We take inspirations from our childhood, from the 90's and 2000's and try to blend it with the things that are happening now and put that out into the community.”

Kenzani

“I think it’s very important to be aware of what’s going on. I want people to listen to intelligent music and be aware of the current sounds and not get lost in stuff like EDM – all that is bygones now. Good music will stay for long and become a part of the culture. We want to contribute to that.”

Tech Panda

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.

“Earlier we used to sit 5 times a week and make music, but now we sit 7 days a week on call and work on our tracks! Its important to take breaks in the middle so that you don’t become numb, but we enjoy it. We enjoy our work and what we do.”

Tech Panda

For their next project the two are working on something rather special that they have in store for the masses.

“We are coming up with an electronic album, that won’t have any Indian samples per se. A floating 4x4 of sorts that we’ve always wanted to make but doesn’t really have a big market in India right now, so we want to change that.”

Tech Panda

You can listen to the latest Tech Panda x Kenzani tracks on their official Youtube page as well as Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud.

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