PANAJI: Among the eight exceptional music artists handpicked for the B-side Music Production Residency programme, ‘Discokid’, a Goa-based musician will be performing at the Serendipity Arts Festival 2023. The 11-day workshop concluded in Olaulim recently and was organised by the Serendipity Arts Foundation.
The eight artists namely Dzerouengmit Lepcha, Fatima Hakeen (Discokid), Lenix Lobo, Hasan Shahrukh, Govi, Ashel Unger, Rushaki Ghosh and Medhaj Dempo, delved deep into the intricacies of music production using Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation during the residency, which formally culminated on October 20. The residency was mentored by industry experts, including Jay Pei, Megha Balani, SHFT and Puneesh Suri.
Fatima Hakeen aka ‘Discokid’ is a musician and producer based out of Goa and has been featured in well known online music shows like Mixmag Goa and Worldwide FM.
Over the eleven-day intensive program, the participants explored a myriad of techniques, from working with audio clips and MIDI basics to advanced production methods, honing their skills and collectively broadening their creative horizons.
“Each participant brings a unique flavour to the table: from Dzerouengmit Lepcha’s soulful melodies to Discokid’s groovy beats, Lenix Lobo’s experimental sounds and Govi’s fusion of Carnatic vocals with indie and alternative genres. Hasan Shahrukh, with his expertise in mixed media artistry, promises a sensorial experience, while Ashel Unger’s intuitive music resonates with the depths of the ocean. Rushaki Ghosh’s haunting vocals and experimental compositions add another layer of richness, while Medhaj Dempo, with his blend of Hindustani classical and experimental music, offers a fresh perspective,” says Jay Pei, B-side’s course facilitator.
The Foundation’s B-side Music Production Residency, an innovative initiative is centred around independent music and cultural currents originating from contemporary music practices in South Asia. The residency program took place in Goa from October 10 to 20 this year and is designed to foster conversations and collaboration in music production, DJ-ing, research, performances and educational modules.
The Serendipity Arts Festival, known for its celebration of diverse artistic expressions, provides the perfect platform for these artists to showcase their talent. From electronic beats to acoustic harmonies, the performances promise a sonic journey that mirrors the vibrant diversity of South Asian musical heritage. The event not only marks the fruition of the participants’ intensive training, but also embodies the spirit of collaboration, learning and innovation championed by Serendipity Arts.
The sixth edition of Serendipity Arts Festival will take place in Panaji, Goa from 15 to 23 December 2023.