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In conversation with Anish Sood on his latest album ‘Future Perfect’

How did the idea come about?

I moved to LA for a month last year to work with some great songwriters and really had no idea what I intended to do with the music. Once the sessions were wrapped I came back with about 20 finished demos. I sat down, put them together and realised that an album would be the best format to showcase all of this music since the styles and vibe varied so much.

Does the whole album fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms? Can you spot key influences? What is most original about the music? 

The album draws heavily from my teenage years when I was listening to a lot of jazz, rock and pop. When I decided it was finally time to write an album I wanted a fresh unique sound and exceptional songwriting. Hence I temporarily moved base to Los Angeles with absolutely no expectations or pre-conceived ideas. I then got to work with some of the best talent and I’m really happy with the end result. While the primary genre is house, the album also embraces pop, funk, disco and techno elements. I’d have to say the most stand out aspect is the use of a lot of live instruments on a predominantly electronic album.

What’s your take on the Independent scene in India? Is it evolving?

Absolutely. I think independent songwriters and musicians are now in a really strong place and we definitely don’t need major labels to put out music anymore. Future Perfect is completed self-funded and released via my own label, Class Action.

What are the 3 things you want to tell people about your album?

I think my primary objective with this album is to try and sound fresh. Over the past few years electronic music has become extremely formulaic and I want to break all the rules and preconceptions that a listener might have with electronic music. I also want this to crossover to new audiences who don’t necessarily listen to dance music and that’s what we have tried to achieve with the collaborations on the album. Lastly, I really want people to connect with the music. There are a few feel good tracks and there’s a bunch of melancholic stuff on there too so I’m really excited to see how people will relate to it.

Is there a consistent lyrical style in your album?

Since almost every track on the album is written by a different songwriter, there isn’t a consistent lyrical style. But I’ve tried my best to maintain a musical flow throughout so you can listen to it from start to finish.

Do you detect any clear purpose in the way the album is structured? Is there a sense of progression or grouping? 

Yeah absolutely. The album starts with Starry Night which is a fairly down tempo track for me at 110bpm. The next set of tracks gradually up the bpm as well as energy, venturing into the deep/progressive house space until we arrive at Castles which is number 6. There’s another fairly high energy big room track after Castles and the last couple of tracks are deeper again, bordering towards techno.

What DAW do you use for your production? Which are your favourite plug-ins?

I write, produce and mix in Logic Pro 9. I use a lot of Kontakt for sampled instruments, Sylenth and Repro-1 for synth and bass sounds and Native Instruments’ Maschine for drums. I also extensively use UAD plugins for mixing along with some stuff from Waves. My go to compressor is the Cytomic Glue and for limiting I use the FabFilter Pro-L.



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