5 Minutes With: SICKFLIP

2 September 2014

Sarvesh Shrivastava has been on our radar since his debut release ‘Outburst’ dropped in 2012 under the avatar SICKFLIP. The young producer struck the industry head on with his boundless talent and technical know-how, so it came as no surprise that his latest venture – ‘The Ladakh Project’, was pretty big - sonically, visually and conceptually. The 45 minute long audio visual feast combines the surreal landscape and vibrant imagery of the Northern Kashmiri district of Ladakh, with his own brand of contemporary, bass heavy and atmospheric electronica.

SICKFLIP’s visuals were created in partnership with The Outbox Project who joined the artist on his 15 day pilgrimage to the sandy ochre mountains and glacial rivers of Ladakh. The Outbox Project is a collaborative platform of creative freelancers and artistic minds who work together to create visual content for clients. Co-founders of The Outbox Project – Aneesh Prasad and Sabit Tibekar accompanied Shrivastava on his trip to the region.

The bass heavy musician has a real love for Ladakh – the short music video for Zeepata (below) gives listeners an idea of what to expect from the EP which is riddled with traditional Ladakhi and monastic instrumentation, particularly on tracks like ‘Chanshen’and ‘Pangong Waves’.

Sarvesh tells us a little more about the ideas that drove him to create The Ladakh Project:

“Consumed by the thought of capturing the surreal beauty of Ladakh and amalgamating it with sublime sounds, the idea of this journey was born with the need to transfigure this experience into music and visuals. We had heaps of firsts in our journey, like writing exclusive original audio content in Ladakh and capturing contrasting sounds of the land - from monastic chantingto flowing rivers.”

Sarvesh has created quite a stir within the industry with ‘The Ladakh Project’. We therefore decided to get in touch with the prodigious young artist to find out a little more about his daily life:

How’s it going?
Robotically hectic.

Where are you right now?
At my work desk.

What’s in your pockets?
Absolutely nothing (I hate things in my pockets).

What’s the last song you listened to?
Imogen Heap - Headlock (Joe Peterson Remix).

Earliest memory?
My earliest memory is of a vast seascape right in front my window.

Last thing you ate?
A bowl of fruit. Just kidding, bacon and fries.

Your spirit animal?
1004331'd say a dolphin.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?
Antibalas - Sarekonkon.

The best part of waking up is?
The morning freshness and cooking myself a huge breakfast.

What do you hate most about working in this industry?
Soundchecks/tech issues on stage.

If you weren’t making music what do you think you’d be doing?
Couples counselling.

Describe SICKFLIP in a word.

Describe ‘The Ladakh Project’ in 3 words.
Serene, immersive, multi-dimensional.


3 most inspirational artists:

Nicolas Jaar
Amon Tobin

3 favourite albums of all time:

Bonobo – Black Sands
Amon Tobin – Isam
Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise

Favourite 3 artists of the moment:

Joe Peterson

You can watch the official video for The Ladakh Project below, and stream the EP in its entirety here.

Words: Diya Gupta
Image credits: The Outbox Project




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