Fusing Indian influences with incredible and inventive trap and bass music, Rusha & Blizza are one of the most exciting production duos out right now. In less than a year they’ve unleashed 3 incredible EPs in Mudra, Sutra, and their most recent Mudra 2. Whether it’s crafting bouncy bangers, delivering powerful feels, or pushing the boundaries of sound design, every release is assured to impress. As their star continues to rise, we felt it was due time to connect with the production pair for an exclusive guest mix & interview. The mix features a ton of their own originals, a grip of unreleased IDs, exclusive edits, and some tracks from FUXWITHIT favorites like UZ, Sam Gellaitry, Baauer + more. As for the interview, we delve into their decade-plus relationship, the trap/bass scene in India, producing across genres, and the most important lesson they’ve learned this year. Dive in below.
Tell us a little bit about the mix. Where are you taking listeners with this?
We tried to keep it a classic FUXWITHIT mix while incorporating as much of our signatures and sounds we are currently vibing to as possible.
Musically it’s becoming telepathic and we rarely even need to work together physically.
You two have known each other for over a decade. How has your relationship evolved over the years? What impact has it had on your music?
To be honest our relationship has only grown deeper and we have never really had any arguments till now. Musically it’s becoming telepathic and we rarely even need to work together physically.
What drives you to create?
Just the feeling of doing things on our own terms all this while and getting noticed for it. We might not be close to where we imagined where we would be when we started off, but are more than grateful to everyone who has been a part of our journey and gotten us to where we are.
How do you balance having careers outside of music with working in music?
I (Rusha) am a full-time international lawyer and Blizza since the past year or so is now solely focused on music. It is a good balance as I bring a lot of the conceptualization and direction to the table and he brings the execution. This is how we have been able to sustain ourselves independently thus far.
When we spoke in the past you seemed to want to keep your music relatively niche, even going as far as to turn down offers from major labels. How do you ensure you’re growing the project in the right way?
With every project we want to try something new and we like having complete flexibility to experiment. I think with the peer reviews and our management’s feedback ensures that we keep growing in the right direction.
I think since this is what we grew up with, even when we are working on music that is not fusion, we subconsciously end up incorporating Indian influences to our music.
How important is showcasing Indian influences/samples in your work?
I think since this is what we grew up with, even when we are working on music that is not fusion, we subconsciously end up incorporating Indian influences to our music. Apart from that on a project by project basis we consciously decide how many influences/samples we incorporate.
What is the trap/bass music scene like in India? Is your music well accepted locally?
The trap/bass scene is at an all-time high. Both our previous EP’s were very well received, although we were not sure initially how they would react to them as our sound was quite different from what was being put out.
Your catalog is almost exclusively solo releases. Do you have any desire to collaborate with other producers? Is there a particular reason you haven’t done many collaborations?
I think it is the constant search for the next sound and the craving to put our thoughts on the canvas has been a limiting factor when it comes to collaborations. Although, we are constantly collaborating with choreographers, dancers, cinematographers, costume designers, stage designers, etc on long-term projects. For musicians, I think once we have the right project we would love to collaborate with indie artists and hopefully with our idols.
Your sound explores a variety of realms from trap to future bass and more experimental industrial vibes. How do you determine what type of music you’re going to produce?
We have a dual approach to it. We work on an EP or album which falls in a category, while also composing singles if we have any ideas which do not fall into the EP or album we are working on. Every few months we compile the singles and decide what to do with them.
I think it reinforces our inherent belief that we should create absolutely anything we want to create without doubting ourselves as life and everything around can be so fragile
What’s the most important lesson you’ve each learned in the past year?
I think it reinforces our inherent belief that we should create absolutely anything we want to create without doubting ourselves as life and everything around can be so fragile.
Where do you want to see Rusha & Blizza heading in the near future?
Just more random and fun projects that hopefully you and our listeners can dig.
1. Rusha and Blizza Intro – Kaka, Hoye, ID, ID, sam gellaitry new dawn, Anth.
2. Rusha and Blizza – Courage
3. Rusha and Blizza – Hoye x Kaka
4. Rusha and Blizza – ID
5. UZ – Fire ft Solo sam (Rusha and Blizza Remix)
6. Baauer- Magic
7. Rusha and Blizza – ID
8. Rusha and Blizza – ID
9. Rusha and Blizza – ID
10. Rusha and Blizza – Lele
12. Son lux – Easy X Rusha and Blizza lele edit
12. Quiet Bison – Silk
13. Whipped Cream – You Wanted
14. Tapecut – Tengaah X rusha and blizza kaka edit
1 5. UZ – Contrast
16. Project Paradis (Mr. Carmack & promnite) – Bull run
17. Sam Gellaitry – A New dawn
18. Apashe & High klassified – I’m Fine (ft. Cherry Lena)
19. Rusha and Blizza – Anth X sophie – is it cold in a water? (Flume & Eprom remix)
20. Rusha and Blizza – Hichki
21. SONIKKU – Sweat Ft. Li