Disco Puppet’s new album ‘Princess This’ “preys on normies”
Love him or hate him, Shoumik Biswas AKA Disco Puppet’s music makes people stop and listen, and it’s no different with ‘Princess This.’ The album is a marriage between noise and music, accentuated by choppy beats, hypnotic synths and abrupt transitions that’ll make you lose your balance for a split second. The level of experimentation involved in ‘Princess This’ (as compared to his previous albums like ‘Spring’ and ‘I’m Going Home’) makes for an intimate listening experience.
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It seems that ‘Princess This’ is built around a predator/prey theme, from the sound to the artwork. Was that a conscious decision that was taken right from the beginning, or was it just developed along the way?
Ah. But who is the predator and who is the prey? There wasn’t really a predator/prey theme through the album. Essentially it’s an album about growing pains. In a sense, it’s about “adulting”. But I guess you could somehow put that in a predator/prey situation. I haven’t really thought about it. But ok. Let’s say. In some sense, I am the predator, preying on normies, hahahahahahahaha. Normies. In another, the whole structure of everything is preying on me. I don’t know. It’s a depressing path to go down.
In retrospect, ‘Spring’ looks and sounds like ‘Princess This’ before it had a few drinks and loosened up. How did this change in direction come about?
I had a few drinks and loosened up. And by drinks, I mean, I realised everything is pointless, and by loosened up, I mean I figured that I have nothing to prove, my musical actions, really have no consequences. And also, I love pop music. What can I say, To the Moon and Back is my jam.
Which is your personal favourite song on the album and why?
I don’t have a favourite. They all have a different reason for existing. And they are all important to me. But, there is one track that is special. It’s not on the album really, but a bonus track that you get if you download the album on bandcamp. It’s a cover of this old Pink Noise song called Hopes Die. I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while, but this seemed like the right time to do it. I have this video from a Pink Noise gig in 2009 I think. And I listen to the audio of that often. This song really stuck with me.
How long did ‘Princess This’ take to make? Any interesting stories to share?
‘Princess This’ was made in spurts over the last year. It all started because of Rana Ghose. He runs a label called Reproduce Artists. You might know him from this thing he does called Listening Room. I was really getting into this noise music situation. I loved the grittiness of it. The dirt, the anguish, the pain. It felt so liberating. I felt connected to the rawness. But I had no way of expressing that. Making noise music, not so much my thing.
And then one day, he sent me a link to this song by Prada Mane called Soar Loser. It was this strange, like almost whiny singing over a flowy 808 kick thing. I love it. That was the one that got me. I don’t know what it was. It got me in this mode, where I wanted to write, like, no fucks given, music. Just, like, here, take this, go shove it.
What do you think of India’s electronic music scene?
Always a strange question. It’s a cesspool of PR driven, unaware fools, with nothing to say really, except that everything is siick, everyone is siick, life is great. Fuck you! Do something real. Well, that’s one side of it. On the other side, well, the grass is much greener. There are so many things happening. The community is growing. Slowly. But it is.
What’s next for you?
Well, honestly, just keep doing things that keep me sane. And hope that it’s all going to be ok.