ARTIST INTERVIEW: Fake Tattoos
Name: Samprukt Mohanty
City: Bangalore, India
What’s the origin of the name ‘Fake Tattoos’? Have you changed the name before?
The Origin came from Bangalore Comic Con 2014, I cosplayed as Deadmau5 and since his arms are covered with Tattoos I had to wear fake skins for cosplay. Then someone from the audience screamed “I love your Fake Tattoos”, and that’s how it caught my ear. My name was “5 AMP” before that day. First four Initials of my name. Also, my logo is inspired by comic/pop culture. It is symbolic like the superheroes.
When did you start? What inspired you to make music in this format?
I started as an amateur musician in late 2013. 2014 is when I started doing it professionally along with my 9-5 job because obviously, I was still super amateur.I think I still am. What inspired me was a music documentary “Can You feel It: The UMF Experience“. I used to watch a lot of musical documentaries in college as well. When I was in college I played the guitar, so I was always looking for inspiration.
What are your musical icons/influences?
In college, it was mostly Oasis and Motley Crue, Porcupine Tree. I still jam to their songs. After getting into electronic music I got inspired by Deadmau5, Justice, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, the old stuff by Calvin Harris (the new ones are good too, but it’s all easy listening). These 5 messed me up in a good way. The standard of music these people put out is really high. I hope I get there someday.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
I have only performed in Bangalore and Goa for now.
Favourite Venue – Indigo Live, Bangalore (The energy is great there)
Least Favourite – I don’t think I can say that. Hahaha. People close to me know it XD
Which track do you perform most frequently?
These two can go anywhere in my sets. An underground gig and a commercial gig as well. 3 years I have been performing and it still sets the floor on fire.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your tracks? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Previously it used to be mostly about Pop Culture, Comics, Cult stuff. Now obviously it has changed, because there is a wider audience, broader perspective. Topics are always going to change.
Could you briefly describe your music-making process?
In the past year, it’s become very organised. I always start off with a riff and everything is in its place after that. The beat, the bass, the drop, among other things. Once I have the riff/catchy tune everything falls into place for me. That is my method. I can go on, I love talking about music production. People who follow me know how much I love producing and passing on the knowledge.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing?
I discovered so many styles now, I’m open mined for a lot of genres which helps me in producing experimental stuff. I’m not a genre nazi anymore. I think that’s the biggest evolvement I have achieved so far. I play all kinds of style in my sets now if it fits the vibe.
What has been your biggest challenge as Fake Tattoos? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I think every artist goes through self-doubt. Like I said the artists that I follow have set high standards. I have to get there in this lifetime, not in terms of lifestyle but musical maturity. I don’t think I’m going to reach there anytime soon.
What is your favourite set to perform?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard from a fan at a gig?
I was testing my remix of Adele’s – Hello. So this guy comes and thanks me for playing it, I told him it was my remix. He replied, “I know”. Either he was super drunk and just blabbered or he knows my style because it wasn’t revealed to anyone. That was pretty strange.
What advice do you have for people who want to get in on this gig?
Come in with an open mind, come to rave because you love the music and the art form.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
The internet is the best thing to have happened to the music business, there are more collaborations, no more genre boundaries. The only drawback is that there is too much to choose. So I have a feeling no track is timeless now, but that also depends from person to person.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
How did you get involved with the Comic Book Culture?
When my mother gifted me Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith after the CD print was released, I got hooked on to this culture and I was on my way into the Comics, Anime, Sci-Fi, Animation.
Any new music artist/ song you like?
Amy Shark – Adore (She’s gonna be huge, watch out for her)
ZHU – Nightcrawler (What a fantastic tune!)
Kendrick Lamar – DNA (Nuff said)
How does the 2017 calendar look for Fake Tattoos? Any new album coming out?
2017 has a few shows, hopefully, a tour in India, more original music. Album Maybe, In 2018
Can we expect an album themed around comics?
I just got done remixing Pacific Rim’s Theme, I have a few ideas up my sleeve for Stranger Things, Cowboy Bebop and much more. If not an album maybe an EP. Let’s see when I can put it out.
Any artist out there you would love to collaborate with?
Oh, there are many but I don’t think it’s possible although I would love to have “Florence Welch” sing on one of my tracks. I think she’s my favourite female singer. I have reimagined “You’ve got the love“ in so many different musical styles plus there are great remixes too.For a producer collaboration there are many in the world, but in India, I think it has to be Nucleya, I want to see if we can make a disco bass Indian record.
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