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4 Indian dubstep and trap artistes you need on your EDM radar

You better have a really good reason why Karan Kanchan and Paper Queen are not on your playlist

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 14 May 2018, 5:07 PM
Paper Queen is taking SoundCloud by storm

Paper Queen is taking SoundCloud by storm Image: Facebook aka Nea Gureja

Trap-heads, listen up. We have got some serious homegrown names which need your attention now that you've probably outgrown Flosstradamus or Lil Uzi Vert. 

In the last couple of years, the desi indie scene has seen a tremendous growth in dubstep and trap cred. So much so, that Indian hip-hop is generously making use of these sub-genres. Dubstep is a form of electronica which was created in the UK in the late '90s and was inspired by UK garage. It is most often characterised by clear sub-bass frequencies and makes use of dub reggae and jungle.

Dubstep has incidentally has borrowed a lot from trap, which has been around a decade longer. It was born in Houston and draws heavily from Southern hip-hop, and makes use of aggressive vocals and kick drums. Both dubstep and trap have incidentally evolved over time, giving way to better and more nuanced EDM.

Here are four dubstep and trap artistes you need to know about:

Karan Kanchan

He is just 19, and is already part of India's youngest musical collective Jwala, but Karan's solo resume is simply fierce. His singles Kendo or Dojo have impeccable dubstep range and and you make out the anime influences in his music. His collaboration with American YouTuber Natalia Natchan was well-received, and he is a total SoundCloud sensation. 

Jwala has also been acquiring a lot of attention as a self-taught millennial collective and released their all-female compilation last month.

Paper Queen

Mumbai-based artiste Nea Gureja aka Paper Queen's music is all about old-school grime and trap. In fact, her latest SoundCloud mix Pucker Up has selections of bass and rap. Two minutes into the mix, you'll hear the most original trap you've sampled this year. Also, check out her Instagram page.


The electronic duo, consisting of Mumbai-based DJ Ritesh D'Souza, and pianist and vocalist Tara Mae is basically the best-kept underground secret. No, really. Did you know D'Souza is the first Indian artiste to play at Coachella (in 2015)? He started out as DJ Nasha but has now found a different sound altogether, which is heavy on bass sonics and impeccably cinematic. D'Souza is also the only Indian DJ to have won the World DMC Championships twice in 1999 and 2000.

Seven & Seven

One of the best cover artistes in the trap scene, Delhi-based DJ Nischay Sharma aka Seven & Seven has the freshest SoundCloud presence. From Kehlani to Flume, Sharma has remixed some of the most prominent hits and is a dubstep star. Shantanu & Nikhil used one of his tracks for the video edit of their The Tribe collection at Lakme Fashion Week, and he also played alongside Gully Boy Divine in February. 

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