Every artist has a different story to tell. Some tales are about their muse, some stretch out from their fear and unexplained emotions, some might result from their endurance to nature and their surrounding.
Upon asking Vikrant Rathore about the story behind his moniker, he says, “I had to get a test done for my ears called an audiogram test, it did change a lot of things for me as my left ear was damaged, so from audiogram came “AU/D10/GRAMME” or audiogramme, where AU points at audio/units, D10 means digital whereas 10 stands for “BINARY” and “GRAMME” is derived from the word “Programme” so basically programming audio in the digital/binary world is what “AUD10GRAMME” stands for.
He talked about his second project VIA meaning a VIAL - A small bottle that a doctor pulls his injections from, or a small bottle in which one can store a lot of magic, all good things come in a “VIAL”. He concluded with a contagious laugh.
The attraction to music and choosing the musical field of work was never planned, everything just flowed and Vikrant followed. It started when he was in his 10th grade that he mixed two tracks on an old t-series twin cd player with a mixer attached to it, and that was just an amazing feeling! That’s when he felt like this is what he wanted to do, but never had he planned to take it up as a full time career and when asked about it he says, “I'm super blessed to have been able to create music for over 20 years now, I thank god every day for that.”
With an outstanding musical career that spans over two decades, after Audiogramme, Vikrant opened up his own music production academy called ADAPT (Advance DJ & Audio Production Training) in Hauz Khas Village Delhi, where they teach various courses like Djing, Music production, Sound Engineering, Film Scoring. This is their second year in existence with ADAPT, apart from that Vikrant spends his time traveling and performing gigs.
As a well-established artist with a wealth of future plans, Vikrant’s main focus for music production is psytrance/psychedelic/trance music. He has been exploring other genres like tech, deep house and some downtempo. Since he also runs a music academy in Delhi called ADAPT he teaches all forms of music and its subgenres, from hip-hop to Bollywood to experimental music.
We salute Vikrant for his musical achievements and hope there are many yet to come. Among his most valuable musical accomplishments, Vikrant invites those listeners who want to discover his style and music to take a look at:
- VIAL - VEEGEE IMPULSE (Omveda Records)
- VIAL VS FUNGUS FUNK - BINARY SENSATION (Sangoma records)
- AUDIOGRAMME - GEOMETRY
He added that he would want to reach out to more people and would love to see people buzzing on his favourites tunes too.
When looking back at his musical trajectory, Vikrant fondly remembers, “What I have achieved is joy, contentedness, knowledge, skill, lots of travel and maybe a little fame” - he winked. He announced that “ the fact that I was able to do what I love is the cherry on the cake. I think in my 20 years of performing as a Dj my count is over 1800 gigs, taking into account all my big, small and shit shows.”
Vikrant’s advice to budding musicians is, “My musical journey has been full of fuckups, mistakes stupid decisions but it's been a beautiful journey of learning, creating and performing, connecting souls and making people travel into different dimensions.
My advice to all young artists out there is to never rush and always be patient. Practicing every day is the ultimate mantra and persistence is the key.”
“Get your networking right and don’t be a jerk.” - He added.
Vikrant Rathore’s future plans don’t stop here. He recently went for a trip to Lebanon for AYWA festival, in September from 19th to 24th and before to Manali for the World Music Festival on 14th and 15th Sep with a lineup of some fantastic and legendary artists like Menog, Malice in Wonderland, Upgrade and many more. He is an inspiration for many.
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Vikrant recalls how his Musical Journey started and invites new listeners to discover some of the tracks that influenced his personal and musical growth:
“I listen to all forms of music, but recently I have been listening to a lot old Hindi tracks, Kishore Kumar and RD Burman, it calms me down. Most of the times I'm surrounded with electronic music, and when I'm alone I listen to the old is gold kind of vibe and it’s amazing.
Here is a playlist of his 10 all-time favourite tracks, tune yourself in and enjoy!