Arshaq Malik and 47K go on tour with their new alternative hip-hop album, Joint Custody
City-based producer and vocalist Arshaq Malik stumbled across the works of Chennai-based rapper 47K on Facebook. “After exchanging a few beats and verses over the Internet, we’d decided to get down to working on a collaborative project. He came to Bengaluru and we sat in a room for about a week, just
working on the production, bouncing ideas off each other and recording the project,” Arshaq tells us. The result is the duo’s hip-hop album, Joint Custody, which sees them going on a three-city tour this weekend.
“Both of us have a really wide range of influences from trap and lo-fi to metal. We wanted to make sure that the project reflected all these influences while making sure that each song had a different approach and sound as well,” says the vocalist who is also the frontman of metal band Trash Talk.
The seven-track album touches on themes of social relevance such as water storage (Make It Rain) and peer pressure (Do The Math). “The last song on the album is called Deeper Than Skin and it’s the odd one out because of its romantic themes and rock/metal drums”, he says, adding, “But most of the songs are straight up fun and braggadocio.”
At the gig, fans can expect their bass-heavy gritty tracks. Soon after the tour, the duo is releasing a new single, details of which are still under wraps.
Rs. 300. Tomorrow, 9 pm. At Walkin Studios, JP Nagar