Shamik – Channeling India [Album]
Saskatoon, SK – In October of 2013, Shamik traveled across 6 states in India with his family. His brother was filming Holy Mother My Mother where his mom and the Navaratri festival were the focus. He took several field recordings (which are sampled on tracks 2 & 8), and also searched relentlessly for old records. After looking for 2 weeks in every antique spot he came across, he finally found the most amazing shop on Commercial Street in Bangalore. The owner had stacks and stacks of old Tamil film songs on vinyl on a couple shelves and in his attic. He brought Shamik a stool and a coffee and he went through the albums for hours while thanking the universe for his discovery.
On all his trips to India, there was always music and sounds echoing all over the streets. He wanted to compile songs filled with these vibrating emotions of his journeys mixed with happy, dark, danceable, and majestic tones. A couple songs are closer to remixes, because he chopped longer snippets of vocals. Shamik says it was truly a fun process working with unique and beautiful instrument layers. The project took him 9 months to complete, and he is pleased to share it with you. The ancient chants and mystic instrumentation are sure to speak to anyone with at least half a soul and stir up memories of a past lifetime. Welcome to Channeling India.