STRONG ASIAN MOTHERS
London indie electro trio Strong Asian Mothers create a colourful blend of hip-hop, electronic music, and pop befitting their love of music and individual diverse backgrounds as artists (they count directing, acting, producing, and magic among their many pursuits). The band was formed in 2012 by childhood mates Kalim "Khushi" Patel and Amer Chadha-Patel. The duo quickly incorporated friend and former bandmate Josh "Rogan-Josh" Stadlen on drums and began experimenting.
Strong Asian Mothers took inspiration from the eponymous matriarchs who raised them. Pushing race and gender boundaries in '80s England, their mothers were part of a close-knit South Asian female collective of countercultural artists and thinkers who joined their families together at parties and on holidays. This ethic was essential in their creation of the group, which represented their heritage while pushing creative and social boundaries. In the beginning, the threesome — who were coming off a stint in an indie rock band — dabbled with downbeat sounds, but wanted something more energetic: music to perform at parties. Accordingly, they changed their lyrical direction and added hip-hop beats and melodies.
If in the studio these three excel, then on the stage is where they truly come in to their own. The blend of styles and emphatic live show has been making waves on London’s gig scene and a string of headline spots for Communion have cemented them as one of the country’s most exciting and promising live acts. Blending electronic and live elements they seamlessly bridge the gap between gig and club and really bring the party.
Their debut 'Lynx Africa EP' released in May 2106, was received with wide critical acclaim and immediately gathered support from Radio 1 with DJs Huw Stephens playing all releases to date and Annie Mac naming them as a 'New Name for 2016'. They followed this with their 2017 release 'The Animal EP'. With the Lead track being championed by Beats1 Radio anchor Julie Adenuga. They've had previous tracks premiered on both Radio 1 and online by The Line Of Best Fit, Pigeons and Planes and Stereogum and with "exhilarating" and "energetic" appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, The Great Escape, Reading & Leeds as well as many others, Strong Asian Mothers have landed real statement of intent.
Their cover of 'Don't Let Go' by En Vogue has been described as "explosive electro-pop track that still retains a deep soulfulness to it" and was featured on Love Island and latest single Don't Know Why is currently upsetting the inner ear balance of music fans across England.
Vocals, Keys / Kalim "K.9. aka Khushi aka Kali P" Patel
Drums / Josh "Yoshi Music aka Rogan Josh aka J-Dilla-Worth aka " Dilworth Stadlen
Keys, Sampling, Vocals / Amer "Chocolate Susan" Chadha - Patel
I think we just played the best gig of our lives.