Why “Dubstruck” Is More Than An AC/DC Cover
The self-proclaimed ‘Snake Charmer’ revisits the rock classic on the bagpipes and broadens the musical experiment to include dubstep and Bollywood melodies
If you’re a rock purist, you probably won’tÂ pay attention to much beyond the fact that rock heavyweights AC/DC’s 1991 single “Thunderstruck” has beenÂ the center of an electronica/Bollywood remake. ButÂ easeÂ up a littleÂ and you’ll realize thatÂ the Snake Charmer akaÂ ArchyÂ J’sÂ “Dubstruck” — whichÂ combines the bagpipes, classic Bollywood melodies andÂ the occasional bass drop — isÂ amongÂ the most experimental compositions this year,Â and goes beyond a cross-genre cover.
SaysÂ Delhi-based Archy J, “When I got to learning the songÂ [referring to “Thunderstruck”] I didn’tÂ want to limit myself playing only one particular genre, I wantedÂ toÂ experimentÂ this with everything.Â And that’s why I went on to doingÂ dubstep;Â I think it’s cool because there’s nothing out there that has bagpipes andÂ dubstep.”
“Dubstruck,” which Archy J explains has been in the works since mid-2014, builds on theÂ labyrinthineÂ “
An entirelyÂ self-taught musicianÂ who used to front alt-metal bandÂ RogueSaintsÂ before picking up the pipes,Â Archy JÂ quotes Swissfolk metalÂ bandÂ Eluveitie’sÂ single “InisÂ Mona”Â [which incorporates the pipes, violin and even flutes]Â as her very first inspiration towards the pipes.Â Although she took up aÂ relatively obscure instrument that barely has any tutors in the country, sheÂ predicts that bagpipes have a huge potential in India. “Bagpipes commercially is a very unique concept in India, something that’s never been done before. It’s heard mostlyÂ in army parades,Â but that’s all there isÂ to it. This instrumentÂ actuallyÂ has suchÂ a huge potentialÂ asÂ a forefront instrument.Â I really wanted to show different dimensions of what the instrument can do, play it, go on to different genres.”
Watch the video for “Dubstruck” below.