There are a lot of artists who’re trying their luck in the underground scene. One of them is Palash Bhise who is also known as Splash. He is a New Delhi based rapper & is a qualified music producer as he has done his ‘Bachelors of Audio Production’ from Dubai. His style of work is surely different & speaks for itself. From being a guitarist & a Deathcore vocalist, Splash’s life has been a roller coaster ride. His freeverse ‘Fire‘ is considered as one of his best works so far. A rapper who talks about women, influences of drugs with a sense of humor was kind enough when we approached him for an interview & openly discussed his journey with us.
Here’s how my chat went with the rapper –
San Cha – WHAT IS SPLASH DOING THESE DAYS?
Palash – “Lifting weights, smoking, chilling.”
For the the last two years I have locked myself in my studio, and have been working on finding my voice as I dig for deeper levels of honesty and knowledge of the self. During this episode of solitude, I was in touch with a few artists that are really on top of their game when it comes to rap and music production. They are ghosts with double digit hits on soundcloud, no real artist page, crafting flawless verses devoid of the intent to be heard, simply doing it for the love of good sounds and love.
I believe this honesty, this level of selflessness was lacking in my art, and now that I am aware of this limitation and actively addressing it, I have slowly started to become the Splash that I aspire to be. I write a verse almost every single day, practice it as I film myself on snapchat, review it, critically analyze it to the point where I feel like I am breaking the plateau that I had set the previous day.
Lot of people think it’s about the accent, I agree to disagree. It’s more about unlocking clarity for me. I want my listeners to be able to catch every single word I say and enjoy the double meaning, highly sexual, depressing, but inspiring attempts to paint this aural canvas as I flaunt my constant ascension in all my glory, and I promise you and anyone who gives my art a chance, that I am accountable. I would like to add that I do this with a touch of comedy. It is dark, and a lot of people might not be able to relate to my sense of humor, but it is who I am, and I am very proud of it. I might not be on the map, but I am making big moves on the low-low, and when the time is right, we will all see it materialize.This is literally what I do on a daily, apart from a certification course at Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute, as I slowly take baby steps towards my other passion; Fitness & Wellness.
San Cha – HOW DID THE IDEA OF FORMING ‘THE CAPITAL CREW’ CAME INTO LIFE?
Palash – I moved back to India from the U.A.E in May 2012, worked at a Kshitij Studios, a production house here in New Delhi where I was getting paid to record and mix radio and TV commercials. After a year, I set up my own recording facility at home and quit the job, so that I could make more time for my art. Monti was one of my first clients here, who came through to record his tapes. After recording him on a regular for over 5-6 months, we eventually started to collar unofficially. A few talented rappers joined us briefly, but eventually parted because of some serious priority clashes. By this time myself, Monti and Daniel (Darjeeling based photographer) had already started posting content as TCC. Most people don’t understand and appreciate Daniel’s contribution to the squad but in my opinion he is more important than a voice, more important than a beat, because everything in 2016 is visual.
Lastly, our producer Susazi. Originally Monti’s friend, coming from a world of festival trap, and in tune with industry level mixing techniques that even a certified audio engineer like me can not deliver. It took him almost a year to learn Hip-Hop, but you can hear his success on “Ascension“. This is my little family in this city.
San Cha – YOUR STYLE OF DELIVERY & YOUR CHOICE OF INSTRUMENTALS IS VERY DIFFERENT. DO YOU THINK YOUR AUDIENCE APPRECIATES THAT?
Palash – If you go back in the past, you will find out that I have rapped in Hindi as well, something that I succumbed to under the influence of people who are all about “shortcuts.” I had a decent following back then, but then, I said in the beginning of this interview, I learned that I need to stop lying to myself and just do me and being myself is a lot more important than any kind of appreciation or approval. Now I believe I have about 50 organic listeners compared to a meaningless 1000. It’s not about doing numbers, it’s about being great.
San Cha – WHAT GENRES DO YOU LISTEN TO & WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS?
Palash – I am highly inspired by the Beast Coast Movement, artists like The Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Pre Era. A$AP, needless to say. I would find myself listening to a lot of Chicago drill artists, Montana of 300 is a personal favorite. I’m a huge fan of the Odd Future sound, Earl is the man. xxxtentacion, $UICIDEBOY$, Dope D.O.D. Some Punk Rock and a lot of Deathcore from the early 2000s.I don’t have to mention the legends. We all know them.
San Cha – HOW DID HIP-HOP MUSIC BECAME YOUR THING?
Palash – I was in grade 7 when I first tried to rap. I would call myself Spike B and even managed to record myself on a Skype mic, using the windows sound recorder, while trying to automate grooves on ‘FL Studio‘ being played back on the worst computer speakers in the universe. I put together my first tape in grade 9 called ‘Innocent Rap‘. These cancerous attempts have successfully added to the existing cringe that I was surrounded with, but these are the foundations, and at the end of the day I was the only one at school who did this. I was mostly laughed at.
San Cha – TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE IN ABU DHABI?
Palash – If I was raised in New Delhi, I can say that I grew up in Abu Dhabi. The music community is very small and hence very united out there. Bands and artists support each other despite of their differences because that is the only way the underground scene can exist. I have been an active part of the Heavy Metal scene there during my stay and I have to say, I really miss those days.I was the front man of a metal core band called ‘Osprey’. I was exposed to so many cultures during my stay, sometimes It pushes me into total identity crisis, but it is beautiful regardless.
I feel like we’re stuck in all this conditioning. Lot of prejudice that we have towards Muslims in general thanks to our history, the media and a few suited villains, but if you live there, you will realize how we are way more than that. Materialistically speaking, it is one hell of an oasis, far from being a desert, and one would really wonder why I came back at all. Well if I didn’t we wouldn’t be doing this interview would we ? :)
San Cha – IS THERE ANY MESSAGE FOR YOUR FANS?
Palash – Ayy LMAO!
Listen to Splash’s latest release ‘Ascension’ here :