Kumail Hamid is this incredibly young man who makes music that has led him to being noted as significant among lovers of that essentially undefined genre called ‘electronic music’. Hamid takes to pulling the strangest musical strings when he produces his sound. He pushes boundaries that, quite frankly, you can’t be sure that he is aware of in the first place. His music works very well in a club, but if you’re the discerning type, you’ll find it much more pleasurable to kick back and listen to it in the unhurried silence of your own room. His new EP “From You To Blue” is a flowering of all these qualities, a collection of tracks from a solo artist working with a band for the first time. The songs go well with cadences of wistful minds, allowing you to tell yourself the craziest of stories to which they roll around as an ethereal, slightly out-of-your-head soundtrack.
What are the first words you would say to describe the new EP?
Time well spent.
Talk to us about your new band, Why shift from the solo act?
I just needed change. I always wanted to do it and I produced this EP keeping in mind that I would like to take it live someday. Also, I really wanted to have a whack at the drums. The band is Apurv Isaac (lala) on Guitar and Keys. There’s Nathan on Bass and the Pocket Piano and there’s me on Drums and Vocals, and also a little Pocket Piano. It’s always good to challenge yourself once in a while.
What is the most noticeable thing about working with other musicians after having worked solo?
It’s fun. It’s a very refreshing change of atmosphere. It’s nice to bounce ideas off one another. We’re all from different backgrounds, so the combination of everything each of us brings to the table has really changed the live sound of this release. There’s a lot to learn.
How you intend to keep your current listeners happy and draw in new listeners at the same time? Are you worried about losing fans?
I just intend to keep doing what I’m doing. If they’re fans they’ll stick around. My music is always going to change and grow. I’m not worried.
How radical is this shift in dynamic?
Very. I don’t hear much of what I was making a year ago.
Are you listening to anything on repeat these days?
Gabriel Garzon Montano and Brother Portrait.
What are you doing when you are not recording or thinking about the EP?
Watching movies mostly, going for gigs, eating out and not exercising.
Would you like to say something to draw in new listeners to your music?
I’m banking on word of mouth to do that for me.