Music: Meet Shen B, the latest hip-hop awareness from Jammu
Rather than ask Shayaan Bhat a.k.a. Shen B about the abilities he has accrued, it is conceivably simpler to ask the Jammu-based hip-hop artisan another, added accessible question—which abilities has he not best up yet? Originally a bagman for The MoonDogs, an indie bedrock band, Bhat again learnt how to comedy the guitar. He after baffled music production, filmmaking, editing, cinematography and clear architecture (he has advised the metaphor-laden awning art of his new EP, Zamaana, with a adolescent artist). Over the buzz from Jammu, he says, “Right now, I can’t shoot alfresco due to the pandemic, so I am aggravating to actualize action for a song’s lyric video. I did not appetite to sit idle.”
Even as a child, Bhat recalls he was anytime the active bee and was consistently curious. To augment that inquisitiveness, he developed a different method. “I best two things that were generally absolutely the adverse of anniversary other. Aback I got apathetic of one thing, I would do the other. Last time, it was acquirements both Photoshop and how to comedy the guitar,” he says. In 2019, aback Bhat traded his blur flat job in Mumbai to accompany music, a realisation had dawned aloft him: “Everything I did as a adolescent will advice me now. Most things that I begin abortive will now help.”
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Bhat’s all-embracing and actual actual adroitness has been distilled into one able dosage on Zamaana, a four-track EP. It appearance songs like ‘Fankaar’, for instance, an allotment clue about the confidence that artists charge backpack aural themselves. The activity of the song matches that of ‘Lockdown’ and ‘Jaanleva’, accent singles that Bhat, 26, had appear weeks afore the EP. Relying on 4G internet and his home studio, the rapper has produced and appear a abundant cardinal of songs in the accomplished year.
Last month, Bhat formed adjoin all allowance to organise a baby hip-hop concert in Jammu, featuring alone bounded artists. It awash a hundred tickets. “We were absolutely airy about it,” he says. Keen to actualize a gig culture, Bhat repeats that he is propelled in his efforts by one cardinal desire—to breach abroad from monotony. He abutting wants to absolution a fun, optimistic clue alleged ‘California Sunshine’, but accustomed Covid’s additional baleful wave, he finds himself faced with a dilemma. “As artists,” he says, “we are now alive in a way that will advice us blot all the challenges and accord article aback to bodies who are listening.”
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