by Kyle Taylor |
The producer and violinist legend that is Govinda finally made his way to The City of Brotherly Love just two weeks ago (March 25th) for his much overdue Philadelphia debut. With his new album, Decadence, slated for release this Summer, Govinda is making his rounds to promote the release.
Boasting new stage production reminiscent of a futuristic temple, Govinda took to the stage at Philadelphia’s newly opened Coda, amongst four color-changing pillars. Dawning a cape- yes, a cape- and joined by members of his dancing team, Govinda immediately bore into his rich, crunchy ambiance.
Govinda’s sound has evolved a lot over the years. His career has taken him through various stages of a rapidly progressing electronic music scene. For an innovator such as Govinda, who layers futuristic, psychedelic beats against classically-inspired violin compositions, this progression has only seemed natural.
“My early music was more chill but as I started playing more live and feeling the dance floor and festival energy, I was inspired to fatten the textures and beats. I also love to change my sound and reinvent myself. Art is a reflection of my environment and inspiration and those things are constantly evolving.”
This latest set from Govinda certainly had its “chill” moments, but overall showcased those ideas off thicker “textures and beats” that he sought to develop.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Govinda after his set to pick his brain about his musical history, influences, live performances, and a whole lot more. Read the full interview below.
Funkadelphia: “Despite the recent explosion of electronic music, you have been hard at work in the production world for over a decade now- can you tell us about how the constantly evolving music scene has influenced your sound and live performances over the years?”
Govinda: “My early music was more chill but as I started playing more live and feeling the dance floor and festival energy, I was inspired to fatten the textures and beats. I also love to change my sound and reinvent myself. Art is a reflection of my environment and inspiration and those things are constantly evolving. “
Funkadelphia: “With such a versatile sound that’s constantly progressing, are there are any core characteristics you try to maintain in your music?”
Funkadelphia: “Even beyond artists your listeners might typically associate with your sound, can you name some artists, musicians, or even albums that you feel have held a heavy influence in your music?”
Funkadelphia: “Can you tell us what equipment, both hardware and software, you are currently using in the studio?”
Funkadelphia: “Also, can you tell us a little bit about your live performance, how it works controlling the production aspects as well as the live instrumental elements?”
Funkadelphia: “Are there any upcoming Govinda releases we should keep an eye out for in the near future?”
Funkadelphia: “Do you have any Summer festival bookings confirmed that you can disclose at this point in time?”