New Delhi producer Trix is part of India’s Next Gen of Electronic Stars
By Anurag Tagat
In one world of gaming – specifically for Call Of Duty – Sanjog Bhushan is known as Infinity and has been part of the team called The Legends Room (TLR), where he’s built his rep as an ace player in the Battle Royale Mode. It’s got to the point where the clan participates in international tournaments (and Indian ones), raking in big rewards for scoring high.
In the world of music, however, Sanjog is Trix, the tropical house guy and producer who’s been stacking up millions of streams on SoundCloud with collaborations and more. His latest track “Better Days” hit over a million streams within days of releasing and it arrives on the back of sublime productions such as “Be With You” and “Keep Me Up” in the span of a year. It’s been a comeback of sorts for Trix, since he had taken a break from releasing music between 2018 and 2020.
As the New Delhi-based producer mentions, he was never in it for the numbers, but more for finding an honest medium for expression. “It’s feels special to hit a million (streams) within three days, but again I am not the first to achieve it. I started making music with very low expectations to the numbers. I can’t express myself even sometimes even to my loved one. I do that via music, so if even 50 people relate with my music, it feels nice that I am not alone. My creativity comes from how I feel or want to say something via my music, it is purely emotion, based on how I feel or how my life is. So the formula here is how I feel about my life,” he says, ending with a laugh.
Sanjog cities Kygo, one of the major star products of the tropical house and chill music space, as the one he’s always watched and drawn inspiration from. He says about his music growth, “I used to hear lot of pop music before, like Flo Rida and Taylor Swift. Now it’s much more old-fashioned. I listen to a lot of 90s and early 2000 music. I just find those tunes so smooth and nice to hear.” Trix’s songs like 2018’s “Fireflies”, for example, took him to several new listeners around the world, being picked up by curators and playlist makers alike. The strength in that track as well as his newer releases is having his finger on the pulse of a globally popular sound but not over-producing it to sound like everyone else.
The familiarity in tropical bass music, which is often mostly instrumental with a few vocal hooks thrown in for good measure, is leveraged by several producers and Trix is no different. But where he stands out is in having a keen eye towards instrumentation. “My music itself has had a little change and I like adding new instruments like saxophone, jazz guitar or even sitar on some of my tracks. I like combining instruments with my tropical taste and style of music.”
Understandably, Trix has built up a following globally rather than make a name in India, although he’s now slowly turning his attention to navigating the music industry here as a streaming artist. In terms of music with a global appeal, the producer is straightforward when he points that “anything that comes in India has already been done way before in international market, especially the U.S. one”. He adds that he’s had a few guiding forces who have helped push Trix to global audiences and wishes for the same in India. “I wish I knew more people in the Indian market as India is my home. Having multiple connection at home is the key. Unlike any other artist, I made my name in outside markets. Now I’m more focused to making it at home,” he adds.
There are more tracks coming up which, unlike “Fireflies”, Sanjog says are less fantastical and escapist, rather drawing from “real life circumstances.” He’s also working on a remix of a track by Bangalore folk-rockers Swarathma, bearing a family relation with bassist-vocalist and manager Jishnu Dasgupta. Sanjog adds, “It’s just in the initial stages, but as of now they have been really helpful and sending over recording parts that I need, be it MIDI or any individual stems I need rendered. They have given me time and space to do my own thing, which is really nice and refreshing as I have remixed tracks before this and it has a lot do’s and don’ts, so it is just nice to be in an environment where you can do your own thing.”