DJ Kryll and surrealistic artist Malvika Jey to present their audio-visual project Apex Predators
After years of making music together in studios, city-based electronic music producer Rashi Jey (who goes by the stage name Kryll) has decided to team up with her sister, surreal art illustrator Malvika Jey, for their first live performance together. A music-meets-art project, it is called Apex Predators, and will be presented at the monthly Da:ku Secret Sessions evening at The Park Chennai’s A2, offering a taste of Rashi’s psychedelic tunes accompanied with her sister’s artwork. “It is going to be a trap/bass-oriented set, with an analog synthesiser as a part of my set up. Malvika will showcase her latest masterpiece called Gojira (Godzilla),” says Rashi.
Malvika is the founder of 13 Dimensional ART, which presents high-contrast surrealistic art like kaleidoscopes and fractal/ paisley patterns. Talking about how they prepared for this project, Rashi shares, “Malvika has always been more of a music listener than me, especially when it comes to collecting, researching, and being updated about the latest releases. However, we have a very similar taste in music, so it helped me a lot to experiment with various styles. We also had our daily sessions where we spared more than a couple of hours just for listening to music.”
Rashi’s initial performances were on the beaches of her hometown Goa, with the first gig drawing a crowd of just over 300. “I was lucky enough to be a part of the electronic music culture from a very young age,” she says while talking about her early days in the music industry. She further adds, “I was very fascinated by our fellow DJs, so I spent a lot of time behind their consoles at gigs to understand the art of it. When I felt ready, I quickly started mixing music on my computer, soon after which I started performing with the help of established artistes. Some of them also gave me great slot times at gigs with stellar line ups.” Now a regular in many music festivals, Rashi was also a part of the line-up of The Remix, a musical reality show on Amazon Prime that had stalwarts like Sunidhi Chauhan, Amit Trivedi and Nucleya as judges.
“As a musician, I feel the need to be versatile with my creative output. It helps with my evolution process every day. I am a nature lover and my music is strongly influenced by that. I try to fit sounds of nature and atmospheres into my music in different ways,” she shares, adding that one can’t afford to take the Chennai audience lightly. “The crowd mostly comprises serious music listeners and there is an audience for every style of music performed here,” she opines. Besides Apex Predators, Rashi is also coming up with an album with her friend Siddhant Kapoor. “It is an ambient/chill album and has 12 tracks in it. We will bring it out by the end of this year,” she reveals, adding that a few solo releases are also in the pipeline.
July 26. At A2, Level 8. 8 pm onwards. Tickets available online.