Waqas from Outlandish sat down to share his thoughts in DesiHipHop.com’s newest YouTube series – #UNFLTRD.
Watch Pt 1 of 2 | #UNFLTRD with Waqas of Outlandish
Part 2 drops June 16
Waqas just dropped a new album titled – “One foot in the sink, the other on a Banana peel” Yes, the title is strange, but life is strange, isn’t it? That’s what this album is all about – the numerous experiences that one faces while dealing with the contradictions about the good & the evil. The struggle between your inner-self VS your outer extremities.
In the first episode of #UNFLTRD, Waqas shares stories about the experiences they have been through as Outlandish. In a deep conversation, Waqas explained the struggles of recording music in the late 90’s.
“Back then, recording wasn’t easy, bro. It’s not like today that you can record on a (computer) mic and it works out.
So, we found a guy with a studio in his house. And, started working with him.”
When I asked him about what inspired Outlandish, he mentioned that they “noticed that American Hip Hop sampled from old Jazz and Blues songs. So, I got home, and what do I find for sampling? Lata Mangeshkar!”
I’m sure that was a trip for the producer!
“You can’t take Lata Mangeshkar to a producer and ask them to sample it – they will laugh at you!”
“No one was doing it”
Outlandish and Waqas spent a good portion of their 20 years in the music industry connecting with brown & Desi kids worldwide. The impact they have had on Indian, Bangali, and Pakistani kids all over Europe and Asia was one that still baffles Waqas to this day.
“You have to bear in mind, at that time there were no TV or Movie stars who were ‘Brown’. So, all the brown kids adored us – wherever we went.”
And when I asked him what was their real key to success, Waqas went on to add “We were at the right place, at the right time, with the right determination, the right talent to do the hard work – that is required. For us, 9/11 happened – and suddenly, there was a need for someone to speak up. We were blessed that it was us.”
“We were at the right place, at the right time, with the right determination, the right talent to do the hard work – that is required.