Mumbai-based DJ duo Almost Famous release a collaboration with Soulja Boy titled Breakout
“We want to take India to the world”, says the duo
Electronic DJ duo, Almost Famous of Indian descent give fans heat for the summer with their new song and video Breakout in collaboration with hip-hop artiste Soulja Boy. The high energy track fuses a perfect combination of bass heavy trap sounds with synthesising and intricate electronic production.
Almost Famous comprises of Mumbai bred, Rishab and Simar, who have known each other for several years. They met at a club in Mumbai, and Simarjeet convinced Rishab who was DJing at clubs to forge a partnership in music. Almost Famous has been active on the music scene for over five years having performed at major festivals like Time Out 72 and EVC in India apart from opening for major global acts.
On the record, Soulja Boy raps about his long-standing presence in the music business. The hip-hop sensation has been known as an original pioneer of utilising the internet to break as an artiste and have success. Having had a decade-plus career, the artist has enjoyed several records in the Billboard Hot 100 including Kiss Me Thru the Phone, Pretty Boy Swag, and viral dance hit Crank That. Possessing a true entrepreneurial spirit, he has also launched businesses like Exotic Pop apart from SouljaWatch, SouljaGame, SouljaPhone, SouljaBoard and SouljaDrone.
In the Claymation video for this new song, Almost Famous and Soulja Boy are depicted in a prison break, making a run and punching American actor Jake Paul in the process. The track is being globally marketed by Hardik Zaveri and Naief Memon of Los Angeles based Noﬁltr Management and will be released in India on independent record label, 9122 Records.
Giving an insight into the long-term vision Rishab Sadarangani of Almost Famous states, “We want to take India to the world. We have been working along Hollywood artistes for a year, and we realised we were making the same kind of music that our international peers were creating. This is when we started incorporating instruments to create a unique blend of Indian instruments such as sounds of the shehnai, ﬂute, tumbi, sitar and tabla. Our music is about blending the two cultures eﬀortlessly so that the hip hop becomes a big happy global family and there is no divide. We are happy to see how well the hip-hop scene in India has evolved and with ﬁlms like Gully Boy. It’s interesting to see how musicians with humble backgrounds like us ﬁnally are living their dream.”
Explaining how the record came about Simarjeet Saini of Almost Famous adds, “The collaboration was very organic. We randomly got in touch with Soulja Boy’s manager and started talking. After about six months we made a couple of options for Soulja and he instantly thought it was dope and we ﬁnished the track in 18 minutes! In fact we produced the track on our laptop sitting out of a bedroom apartment in Bombay last February.”