Catalyst and SkillBox Present the ever charming and genre defying Madboy on the 24th of April, 8 PM onwards at Urban Mantra, Zoo Road along with experimental pop act Hanego.
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About MADBOY -
Imaad Shah is a Mumbai based producer, actor, and musician famous for his collaboration with Saba Azad, the other half of electro-funk, nu-disco outfit Madboy/ Mink . As half of Madboy/Mink, and before that, as the frontman for The Pulp Society, Imaad Shah's career to date has spanned in fields of film, theatre, and music. In 2016, he began to explore a slightly different musical experiment under his solo project as Madboy. Imaad's musical taste developed from exposure to retro/disco music growing up in the 80s and early 90s. He was also heavily inspired by yesteryear pop star Prince2 , That aided Imaad significantly in his musical journey to become Madboy. The etymology of the name "Madboy" comes from his real name Imaad, dissected as 'I-maad'. The name Madboy gives him the creative luxury of musical ambiguity that doesn't relate with any single genre and is hence wholly genre-defying.
Inspired by elements of the rainforest, space exploration and fantasy, his music is influenced by Disco, House, and Electro Funk with lush soundscapes. Shah's obsession with live guitars and synthesizers are the backbone behind this solo project. Madboy heavily relies on the synthesizer to help him create genredefying music ranging from Acid, Lo-Fi House, Synthwave, Electro Soul, sample Heavy cuts along with his trademark songwriting.
Madboy's first EP, Boy (2016), is a vibrant, straightforward four-track assortment of funk/disco influences. "Naked Soul", the title track of the EP features a music video with an exciting mix of visual narrative, choreography, and lyrics. His second EP Dream Delite (2018) stimulates the subconscious mind with dreamy takes on sexuality, superseded with a dose of reality. In Dream Delite, Shah owns the vague elements of Neo-Soul and makes it something of his own with surreal lyrics, deep synthesizers, hip-hop inspired beats, funky basslines, and soulful vocals7 . Madboy released a single, Project Gulab (Nowadays Records, France), as part of the Around the World India by Mixtape, which features eminent musicians from all over India. His live performances include venues like Sorte Firkant (Copenhagen), Red-Light Radio (Amsterdam).
In India, he has played to audiences across the country at almost every live music venue in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, and other cities as well as a bunch of festivals. He performed his track Jellyfish at Sofar Sounds. He has been a part of the Ziro Music Festival (Arunanchal Pradesh) and played with Asha Puthli at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.
About HANEGO -
Mumbai based music group HANEGO is a prime example of creative artistry that is birthed when music and lovers of music are given space to flourish organically. HANEGO is in fact a harmonious synthesis of the skills and personalities of its members who have been friends from school but whose musical journeys did not
intersect well until their college days in Mumbai when fate placed them together in the city of dreams. The band has an alternative pop/rock sound that is made even more distinct by the creative Mihir Goswami spin it puts on songs within its chosen genre. Perhaps the most Keys/Vocal Harmonies vital musical advantage that the band possesses is their multilingual repertoire.
After having set up a strong presence in their hometown of Guwahati by performing in such musical coves as The Tambourine Lounge, Retro Town, Nyx Lounge and Urban Mantra, HANEGO is now expanding its musical reach to other cities. The band has put up several solid performances in Hyderabad and is now looking forward to their busy schedule in Mumbai and across the country.