In­dia has a great at­ti­tude: DJ Snake

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When his mu­sic plays loud, fans ask ‘Turn down for what?’ French EDM artist and mu­sic pro­ducer, DJ Snake (aka Wil­liam Gri­gahcine), who took the mu­sic world by storm with his ec­cen­tric beats and hit tracks like Get Low and Lean On, isn’t let­ting his road ac­ci­dent play spoil­sport for his multi-city con­cert in In­dia this week. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view with the 29-year-old Grammy-nom­i­nated artist:

Hope you’re re­cov­er­ing well af­ter the ac­ci­dent. What hap­pened?

Thank you for all your prayers and sup­port. I’ve been re­cov­er­ing well for now. Car ac­ci­dent! Our man­ager was driv­ing (DJ) Tchami and me, when the car got hit.

The Lean On mu­sic video saw quite a few In­dian el­e­ments? Can we ex­pect an­other

In­dia-in­spired track soon?

Since it was a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Di­plo of Ma­jor Lazer, the video had to have their ec­cen­tric­ity and my unique mu­sic beats. In­dia has a great at­ti­tude and pos­i­tive vibe that the video needed, so we shot it here… Wait till I com­plete my tour and pick on some in­spir­ing beats from In­dia.

Apart from the con­cert, what’s your In­dia itin­er­ary like?

If trav­el­ling and time per­mits af­ter all the hec­tic shows, I’d like to go and see the beau­ti­ful ci­ties.

What’s your take on the EDM scene in In­dia?

Like I said, I’d like to be in­spired by the mu­sic here and am look­ing for­ward to hear­ing In­dian artists per­form at the fes­ti­val.

We read that you said “the name DJ Snake sucks! But it’s too late now”. Why would you say so?

I used to do graf­fiti art… There’s still build­ings in Paris marked with the Snake tag, which I have earned be­cause I was the only one to con­sis­tently evade the po­lice. When I started DJing, be­cause ev­ery­one called me ‘Snake’ in my city first, the name con­tin­ued.

DJ Snake is not just ex­cited about his per­for­mances as part of the Sun­burn City Fes­ti­val — his con­cert in Gur­gaon on Novem­ber 15 — but also about a solo al­bum that he’s work­ing on.

We’ve seen col­lab­o­ra­tions. But what kept you away from a solo

al­bum all th­ese years?

Col­lab­o­ra­tions have al­ways been wel­come since I know the kind of sound and beat I’d like to give those songs... (As for the al­bum) I’m ex­cited about my solo, how­ever, not pres­surised at all.

What does fame and suc­cess mean to you?

When Snake makes a beat, his­tory is made.

Your mu­sic cap­ti­vates peo­ple. How do you keep it so unique?

Ev­ery time I’m in the stu­dio, I have a dif­fer­ent method of at­tack­ing a beat. One day I might’ve seen a doc­u­men­tary from Brazil and heard a new sound that trig­gers a pri­mal de­sire in me to run to the stu­dio. I prob­a­bly won’t use that sound, but it in­spires me to de­velop a vi­sion on which to cre­ate an amaz­ing track. Then I com­pletely zone out. Whether my phone’s ring­ing or my man­ager’s mak­ing noise out­side, noth­ing can dis­tract me in my cre­ative space. Once I’ve got the lead melody down, I’ll spazz out on the MPC to get the knock­ing drums peo­ple are ac­cus­tomed to hear­ing in my tracks. The more men­tal I go at it, the bet­ter the beat comes out.

Have you ever goofed up dur­ing a per­for­mance?

I wouldn’t call it a goof up but at Ul­tra Mi­ami fes­ti­val, I did hand out (DJ) Dil­lon Fran­cis’s num­ber dur­ing my set. I guess he had to han­dle the af­ter­math of that!

DJ Snake at Taj Ma­hal dur­ing an ear­lier visit to In­dia

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