Artist Feature: Midland Sparks

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Started about a year back, Midland Sparks is the solo project of Pune based Maitreya Rajurkar. An experimental sound-flow, his debut EP ‘Rundrum’ builds up from laidback vibes to drum n bass and finally terminates with a heavy underground track.

With plenty more to offer, Rundrum is the first of Maitreya’s concentrated work which he is more than excited to put out after previously completing two other EPs and then scrapping them. We got in conversation with him to find out more about the journey that led to his debut EP. Check it:

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Tell us a little about the birth of Midland Sparks.

Midland Sparks is my solo project which I conceived about a year back. It’s a space where I can experiment with all the musical ideas that come to my head.

You’re also one half of Tripshot Crew, the bass heavy project which started a couple years ago. How did you decide to take on a solo project? And how is this different from everything that you’ve played before?

TripShot Crew has always been there. After playing for 3 years, we have now defined a distinct sound for TripShot Crew. The sound that Midland Sparks deals with is more experimental in nature and strays away from what Ved and I produce together.

Keeping all that in mind, what kind of works and artists would you say have been your source(s) of inspiration?

Artists from the UK bass scene have really had an impact on my music. Alix Perez, Om Unit, Sam Binga, Stray, Hyroglifics, Skeptical, Dub Phizix, Emperor and the list goes on.

So how did the idea for your first EP come about? Tell us more about the journey you’ve had while working on it.
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I actually had completed two EPs before this which I scrapped completely as I figured that wasn’t the kind of sound I was aiming at. Work on ‘Rundrum’ started about 6 months back and it’s been a really exciting journey as I was constantly scavenging for ideas and inspiration throughout the writing process!
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How would you break down your EP for us? Tell us about the relevance of the names for the 3 tracks.
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It opens with ‘Kecak Calling’ which treads along really experimental, laid back lines and is an amalgamation of a bunch of genres. ‘Dogma’ is a half time drum n bass track which inspires and creates a dark atmospheres. The last track of the EP, ‘Kingdoom’, in my opinion, is a full time underground floor thumper.
You’ve mentioned before to us that your album cover was designed by yourself. How did you think of doing that?
I’ve never considered myself as a designer but with whatever make shift skills I have, I kept experimenting till I got this. I wanted the entire EP project to be a home production since it was my debut.
What sort of a response have you received for your EP till now? And what do you have planned in the near future?
I released it on a Bombay based youth culture magazine – www.homegrown.co.in . The response has been tremendous! It is really flattering to receive feedback and praises from people all over the globe and definitely inspires me to keep at the game.
We’d love to hear you live. Are you playing anytime soon?
Yes. 9th Oct @ The High Spirits (Pune) and few more in the can which you will see on my social media accounts soon enough! (Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud)
Tell us quick;
Your favourite track from Rundrum
Kingdoom!
The most-listened to genre(s) by you
Drum n bass I guess? Not really though. I listen to everything.
Favourite local artist(s)
Carius, Castles in the Sky, Big City Harmonics, Vedd are a few to name.
Your favourite musical festival(s)
NH7 Weekender, Basscamp Festival.
Artist(s), living or dead, you’d give anything to hear live
Tool

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